This rare Nardi converted and meticulously restored Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series IV was imported into the Netherlands from Nice (France) approximately 20 years ago.
Its last known owner in France was Mr. Jean Pierre Cornu, who acquired the car in the early 1970s. The present owner, a well known collector of thoroughbred Italian sports and racing cars, bought the Lancia in 1989 after its discovery in a deserted barn.
The engine was outside of the car but all essential components and trim parts were present. There were no signs of major crashes or serious structural rust. The Aurelia was completed at Lancia’s Turin factory on 16th June 1954 and first registered on 5th July that same year – in Italy, according to Mr. Cornu.
Later the car was sold to France. Mr. Cornu also confirmed that the Nardi equipment, including the authentic bonnet scoop, was present when he owned the car. This extensive special equipment installed by Torinese tuner, Enrico Nardi, would seem to suggest that this Aurelia has probably been used in rally competition or racing.
For instance, in addition to the many Nardi modifications, it has an authentic special cushioned Aurelia B20 driver’s seat that gives better lateral support at speed. In recent correspondence with Mr. Cornu it is stated that a former French owner living in the French Alps, who sold the car to a collector in Marseilles, explained to him (in the early 1970s) that this particular Aurelia participated in the Mille Miglia and raced at Monza. He claimed to have written proof. As this former owner had no reason to try and impress Mr. Cornu (who had acquired the car from the Marseilles collector) there is, also according to Mr. Cornu, little reason to doubt his statement (see e-mails on the subject in the documentation).
Since completion in 2002, the car has been used occasionally in Dutch and Belgian events such as the well known Red Cross Rally, covering approximately 6,000 kilometers. It is offered with Dutch and French titles, FIVA passport, original jack and wheel nut spanner, and a complete file on the rebuild containing a selection of photographs illustrating the quality and extent of this professional restoration. The original front bumper and a recently replated rear bumper of superb quality are included in the sale.