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Lot 128 - 1958 Lancia Aurelia B20 S GT

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ESTIMATE €120,000- €150,000

Auction 2016 mondial de l'automobile paris
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Lot Number 128
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 1771
Year 1958
Make Lancia
Model Aurelia

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Despite sometimes being overshadowed by flashier Italian cars of the post-war period, Lancia’s Aurelia GT was one of the most ground-breaking and important sports cars of its era. The Aurelia began life in 1950 as the B10 saloon, co-designed by family scion Gianni Lancia and ex-Alfa Romeo engineer extraordinaire Vittorio Jano. With principle considerations of space constraints and racing potential, the Aurelia was equipped with a new lightweight alloy V-6, now recognized as the first series-produced V-6 ever constructed.

A year later, the Aurelia was offered with a fastback sports saloon body designated the B20 GT, which historians generally agree was designed by Ghia stylist Mario Felice Boano, despite the fact that the coachwork is now largely identified with Pininfarina. Though Ghia was contracted to build the first 90 examples of its design, the company did not have the capacity to produce the full order of cars, and therefore, subcontracted numerous examples to Farina and a lesser-known carrozzeria called Viotti.

In addition to being notable for its cutting-edge engineering, sleek design, and surprising competition history, the Aurelia GT is also significant in that it is generally regarded to be the first car ever named with the GT suffix in its nomenclature and is thus the progenitor of a long tradition of grand touring sports cars that followed.

Finished in a wonderful metallic grey, this elegant Lancia B20 S GT comes with F.I.V.A. papers and ASI Gold plate and it is equipped with a  Audiovox radio. The interior cloth seat coverings are edged in blue leather that  reflect parts of the dashboard.

D’un magnifique gris métallisé, cette élégante Lancia B20 S GT a des papiers F.I.V.A. et une plaque ASI Gold, elle est équipée d’une radio Audiovox. Le tissu qui recouvre les sièges est bordé de cuir bleu dans lequel se reflète le tableau de bord.


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