1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible by Pinin Farina
- One of only 521 produced
- Fitted with a rare removable hardtop
- Highly desirable Italian sports car of the 1950s
As the first Lancia to be completely produced post-war, the Aurelia needed to be something brand new. And it certainly was, beginning with the gorgeously engineered B10 and ending with the stylishly sophisticated B24 Convertible.
The most stunning aspect of the new Lancia was the inclusion of the first production V-6 engine. Cosmetically, the B10 was beautiful. Its Pinin Farina-built body featured coach doors without a central pillar, and they opened to reveal a roomy interior. The B10 was followed closely by the larger-engined B21 and B20 GT Coupé, both of which featured a shortened wheelbase.
Lancia engineers were constantly improving the Aurelia, with a new iteration released nearly every year and constant improvements occurring over the subsequent models. The B22 Saloon was released with a larger 2.5-litre engine and dual Weber carburettors. The fourth series was introduced in 1954 and the Aurelia was wholly redesigned at this time, with the first open-topped model now available.
The fourth series shortened the wheelbase a further 20 centimetres from the GT and included the new De Dion tube suspension. For the first time, left-hand drive was made available, and these cars were marked by an “S”, for sinestra. The B24 Spider was also produced in 1954, and it was made specifically for the American market.
The Spider America was further improved upon during production, resulting in the B24 Convertible. The convertible is largely considered to be more elegant and all-around more practical, as it can be driven in foul weather. By replacing the panoramic windscreen with roll-down windows and opening the front quarter lights, a durable soft-top could be added. A one-piece chrome bumper replaced the split-bumper, and the convertible was given larger doors with handles. Only 521 of the Aurelia B24 Convertibles were made, and they remain a fiercely desired car today.
The car offered here, chassis number B24S-1602, was built as a 1958 model between 27 March and 26 May, and it was originally finished in Grigio with a red leather interior. The interior features beautifully appointed upholstery, which faces a metallic-finished dashboard with proper gauges and a beautiful wood-rimmed steering wheel. As a later-series car, it was equipped with both headlamps and driving lights, resulting in a distinctive and unique “face”. It was also equipped with a rare removable hardtop. It is presently powered by a fourth-series B20 engine from 1955.
This is an attractive, highly desirable example of one of Lancia’s finest 1950s creations.