In the 1950s the Lancia Aurelia was hailed as a revolutionary combination of luxury and performance. The B20 GT two-passenger coupé was introduced in 1951, mechanically the same as the B10 model, but with a more powerful 2-litre engine. The car bristled with innovation: the first V6 production engine, a rear mounted transaxle, inboard rear brakes, and a monocoque body.
It achieved major successes in competition worldwide, starting with a second place in the 1951 Mille Miglia in virtually standard form. The model went on to be developed over almost eight years and six distinct Series, and was bought by wealthy, discreet Italians (Lancias were expensive cars in their day). Today it is increasingly sought-after, as perhaps the 1950s GT.
At the rear was an innovative combination transaxle with the gearbox, clutch, differential, and inboard-mounted drum brakes. The front suspension was a sliding pillar design, with rear semi-trailing arms replaced by a de Dion tube in the 4th series. The Aurelia was also one of the first cars to be fitted with radial tyres.
With increased torque, vent windows, and typically a chrome strip down the bonnet, the more luxurious 6th series were the most touring-oriented of the B20s. Rolling off the Lancia production line on 10th March 1957, chassis 1499 was delivered new to Sweden, the first owner being Swedish dignitary Count Gilbert Hamilton. We are told the car has had a mere six owners from new.
Lancias of this era are unsurpassed in terms of the quality of engineering and driving experience. Finished in the classic combination of white with a grey/blue interior, this lovely Aurelia GT can be used and enjoyed right away.