1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

Courtesy of Bonhams

Like the majority of the left-hand B24S Spider Americas, chassis B24S1156 was originally delivered to the United States. The most significant portion of the desirable Spider America’s history began in the mid-1980s, when it was acquired and reimported to Italy by Silvana Cima, a well-known Italian Lancia collector. In order to return the car to active use, Mr. Cima commissioned a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration from Milan-based KCA Restorations, for many years one of the world’s leading Lancia restorers.

In 2005, B24S1156 was sold to Mr. Nico Koel of the Netherlands. In early 2009, the Lancia Spider America was brought back to the U.S., where it was prominently displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Monterey, CA.

The Aurelia was then acquired by the current owner in 2010 and given a complete, engine-out mechanical overhaul to ensure that its performance matched its appearance. During 2017 and 2018, the Lancia Spider America was subject to a complete bare-metal repaint in the period-correct Lancia Verde Ascot Metallic color, while a new interior and convertible top were carefully crafted and fitted. The chrome was refinished, and the front suspension, shocks and brakes were fully rebuilt. Continuing its extensive tour history, the current owner has completed the Colorado Grand and Copperstate 1000, each twice and without issue.