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Lot 117 - 1953 Lancia Aurelia B22 Saloon

Mille Miglia Eligible - Ex Giovanni Bracco

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£17,250

Auction Autosport January 2017
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Lot Number 117
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number B22 - 1267
Year 1953
Make Lancia
Model Aurelia B22

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The Lancia Aurelia was a car produced by Italian manufacturer Lancia from 1950 to the summer of 1958. It is noted for using the first production V6 engine. Establishing a post-war Lancia tradition, the car was named after a Roman road: the Via Aurelia, leading from Rome to Pisa.

The Aurelia was designed under the direction of engineer Vittorio Jano. Its engine, the first production V6 engine, a 60° design developed by Francesco de Virgilio—who was between 1943 and 1948 a Lancia engineer, and who worked under Jano.

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. The Aurelia was also first car to be fitted with radial tyres as standard equipment.

The second series Aurelia coupé pushed power up to 80 hp from the 1991 cc V6 with a higher compression ratio and repositioned valves. Other changes included better brakes and minor styling tweaks, such as chromed bumpers instead of the aluminium ones used in the earlier car.

A new dashboard featured two larger instrument gauges. The suspension was unchanged from the first series. The B22 saloon was released in 1952 with dual Webers and a hotter camshaft which was good for 87 bhp  at 4,300 rpm.  In the 1951 Mille Miglia the 2-litre Aurelia, driven by Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli, finished 2nd beaten only by the Ferrari America. The same year it took first in class and 12th overall at Le Mans. Modified Aurelias took the first three places on 1952’s Targa Florio with Felice Bonetto as the winner and another win on Lièges-Rome-Lièges of 1953.

Licensed as VC 36882 it was first owned by Giovanni Bracco, who then sold to Sandro Fasanino. He in turn sold the Lancia to Pietro Antonio Galliano. Bracco has won the Mille Miglia on at least one occasion! There are copies of supporting documentation, invoices for parts and servicing, and its original Italian licensing paperwork. It is also fitted with the extremely rare period-correct sports steering wheel.

A rare opportunity to find a Mille Miglia eligible vehicle at this price level.


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