1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Any student of automotive design or engineering will readily acknowledge the contribution that the Lancia Aurelia, with its ground-breaking technology, has made to the field. Even today, collectors of the Lancia marque agree that it is one of the all-time greats.

With marvelous road manners, the Aurelia is a pleasure to operate, and the B2O GT is a popular choice for historic rally competitors. Drivers often appreciate the car’s tendency toward oversteering, which resulted from the independent rear suspension on the earlier-series cars.

All significant rally victories were with the 2-liter cars – the first and second series produced. These early cars are much lighter than the later cars, and with the help of lower gearing, acceleration is surprisingly impressive. This car’s engine has been lightly tuned and has a larger twin-choke carburetor. This Aurelia has all the attributes of a competition example, with modifications including perspex side and rear windows, period-type competition bucket seats and full harnesses, the addition of a tachometer, a water temperature gauge and external fuel filler. The engine has a powerful feeling and is free-revving. The bodywork has been well restored and is extremely sound. It also has been serviced recently by marque experts Omicron Classico of Norwich, England. They overhauled the braking system and carried out various tune-up work.

In 1951 alone, first-series B20s were entered in the Giro di Sicilia, the Mille Miglia, Le Mans 24 Hours, Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, Giro della Calabrie, Pescara 6 Hours and various hill climbs. In 1952 they surprised the Ferraris and Mercedes-Benz works team at the Carrera Panamericana. The Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari competition cars of this period are now out of reach to all but the wealthiest collectors, making the Lancia Aurelia B20 a good value for the money.