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Author Topic: ex-Juan Manuel Fangio 1952 Lancia Aurelia B20GT  (Read 2419 times)
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« on: 12 September, 2013, 02:52:58 PM »

http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/classic-car-events/lancias-add-glamour-in-antwerp


What is going on with that rad shell?   Those letter box trims?   It looks like a 3rd series but were they built in 1952?

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« Reply #1 on: 12 September, 2013, 05:02:23 PM »

Not the best repair to a damaged front-end ever seen, that's for sure.

Here's one of the famous photo's of Fangio with his new B20 (did he own more than one) in front of the Lancia tower block.


And here is Fangio after crashing a B20


From the wheels on this crashed car, it seems he must have had (or had use of) more than one B20 - based on the colours alone. The wheels of the dark car are S5 or 6.  The pale car is lhd, so S4 at the earliest.

Perhaps someone can tell us more about 'the Fangio cars'.
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« Reply #2 on: 12 September, 2013, 08:26:56 PM »

In his own words, quoted in Style Auto:

"Mate is an exciting and strengthening drink. All men who have worked hard for the greatness of my far-away country have drawn energy from its stinging and warm lash. The souvenir of mate, rich of beloved familiar traditions suggests to my mind a comparison I consider very apt for the car I'm going to speak of.

What I mean is that the Lancia Aurelia G.T. is exactly like a cup of mate: it inspires confidence, a sense of security and elation, that subtle undefinable elation which springs from a perfect being. It actually is a car in which impetuosity, common sense, imagination and daring are beautifully blended. The Lancia 2500 B 20 is the car we dream of having built if we had been engineers, if we were able to give shape to the wishes which cross our minds, maybe during a long journey.

All the most admirable virtues are grouped in the Lancia Aurelia G.T., mild as a lamb, if necessary as lithe as a panther, as tough as the camels who manage to cross the desert chewing a small morsel of food, it's a smart, fast, impressive car. You can use it to dawdle up and down the streets of Rome of the french Riviera, you can comfortably go from one town to another on business, but the moment you wish it to do so it becomes a sports car, marvelous on turnpikes and capable of amazing performances if one feels like racing fast. And what couldn't I say about its lightness, the perfectly astounding roadholding and the beautifully efficient brake system.

As I have said, the Lancia B 20 is like a cup of mate, or, if you should prefer a more mediterranean comparison, like one of those classical wines which Italy's sun renders so mellow. Personally I love those wines, which enhance the heartiness of the land so similar to the one where I was born."


From  <<The Aurelia G.T. is like a cup of mate>> by Juan Manuel Fangio (VELOCITA)
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« Reply #3 on: 12 September, 2013, 09:10:40 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(beverage)
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« Reply #4 on: 13 September, 2013, 07:02:33 AM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(beverage)

I could get anything from your link David, I hope this works, if not we must assume a Wikipedia fault!!!

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« Reply #5 on: 13 September, 2013, 07:16:15 AM »

Wikipedia has gone into denial !!!!

If you really want to know what mate is then google 'mate Argentinian drink'. That is what I did, found a lot of information, but copying and pasting the link has not worked.

By the way, it seems to be simply 'a nice cup of tea'!!!

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« Reply #6 on: 13 September, 2013, 11:13:27 AM »


I don't know what tea you're drinking - but it leaves me wanting to try mate:

"exactly like a cup of mate: it inspires confidence, a sense of security and elation, that subtle undefinable elation which springs from a perfect being. It actually is a car in which impetuosity, common sense, imagination and daring are beautifully blended."
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« Reply #7 on: 14 September, 2013, 09:14:52 AM »

mate is a deep rich coffee, similar to a B20.
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