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« Reply #15 on: 24 March, 2017, 09:48:51 PM »

That really does look mint!
congratulations  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: 25 March, 2017, 04:42:15 PM »

Today's task has been to look at how good the original seats might be under the custom made Regency covers, these have probably been on the car since Lancia (England) sold it in 1957.
The covers on the seats came off reasonably easily, just a case of untying a few cords and taking the ashtray and braided handles off the back of the front seat. The door panels were a bit more work, the braided edge had been removed, so that the cover could be put in place and this was then nailed down with hundreds of small tacks , then the braid was put back on. Easy enough to remove, just very time consuming.
Any way the best bit was what was underneath..... totally original and virtually as new west of England cloth. The covers had definitely been on there for a very long time!  There were even the original labels on the seats with the date tag, 21st February 1955.
I wanted to protect the floors, original carpets in the back and rubber matting in the front. A few weeks ago I purchased some coir door mats from Ikea, nice and large and only 7 each. Two covered the front and rear foot-wells, very easy to trim with a sharp Stanley knife and just the right colour to match the seats
Some photos below. At one point when my back was turned the cat decided that the sunny and warm rear shelf would be a very nice spot to sit!.


* Aurelia B12 Regency seat covers. copyright photo.JPG (291.33 KB, 730x548 - viewed 299 times.)

* Aurelia B12 seat fabric date.JPG (256.71 KB, 493x657 - viewed 336 times.)

* Aurelia B12 front seat. Copyrigh photo.JPG (196.53 KB, 717x538 - viewed 344 times.)

* Aurelia B12 rear seat. Copyright photo.JPG (99.08 KB, 384x512 - viewed 339 times.)

* aurelia B12 door panel. Copyright photo.JPG (192.75 KB, 615x461 - viewed 336 times.)

* Aurelia B12 rear shelf Copyright photo.JPG (191.03 KB, 730x548 - viewed 336 times.)

* Aurelia B12 Interior finished. Copyright photo.JPG (278.78 KB, 820x615 - viewed 71 times.)
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« Reply #17 on: 25 March, 2017, 05:01:40 PM »

Delightful, and thats just the cat!

It must seem almost Tutankamen like, the B12 slowly revealing its secrets to those who might dare to pry, and then  be delighted at whats found.

No doubt more will be unearthed over time, enjoy!

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« Reply #18 on: 25 March, 2017, 06:21:54 PM »

Congratulations. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". I am looking forward to seeing it at the sliding pillar rally.
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« Reply #19 on: 25 March, 2017, 07:09:55 PM »

Magnificent! Brian will agree Berlinas are beautiful. Watch the cat though. I list a decent early Beta interior to claw stropping.
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« Reply #20 on: 25 March, 2017, 09:33:42 PM »

Congratulations, Ade! It looks as though the secret is out now; the B12 is the best of the Aurelias.
I've had mine for nearly 45 years and it never fails to delight. They thrive on use and are more than capable of use in today's traffic but given an open road they come into their element....rain, hail or shine!
Happy B12 motoring.
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« Reply #21 on: 26 March, 2017, 08:58:13 AM »

Very nice - Look forward to seeing it in June !

I rather liked the tartan ......
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« Reply #22 on: 26 March, 2017, 03:51:14 PM »

These are the pages from the original catalogue for the fabric seat covers by Kumficar of Brighouse in Yorkshire.
The B12 had Skye plaid, I think I would have chosen the Ocelot with west of England backings!!! Grin
Strange that you could have chosen west of England covers.

Simon, If you get yourself a B12 there are a nice set of tartan covers available at a very modest cost....... but then, I would have thought a man of your skills could turn then into a lovely set of seat covers for an Aprilia Cabriolet..?


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« Reply #23 on: 26 March, 2017, 04:15:12 PM »

Brian, I like the look of your B12 in the all grey colour combination.
I am quite surprised how long legged the B12 is. My B50 had a B12 engine, but only a B21 gearbox. I have not driven far in it yet, but I was cruising along on the local main road and found myself doing an indicated 70mph with ease. Must check out the real speed with Ulysse app on the phone.


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« Reply #24 on: 26 March, 2017, 05:02:46 PM »

We can easily cruise at 130 kph all day in ours and then accelerate from there if necessary. And so quiet with all the original soundproofing, wind deflectors and doors that shut properly.
Lancia only sold 2,400 of them I think but good ones seem to be very sought after in Italy now and come up rarely.
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« Reply #25 on: 27 March, 2017, 06:49:40 AM »

Chris, Ade,

A better photo of my B12 after its body restoration.
Happy B12 motoring to you all!


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« Reply #26 on: 27 March, 2017, 08:03:58 AM »

Ade,

Your original interior is very nice!
Do you know the name for the color ?
Is it Nocciola (Hazelnut)?
Makes a change compared to the more usual grey (pane grigio)!

Regarding comfortable cruising speed: I can cruise my B12 at an indicated 140 km/h (87 mph) all day. However when I check it with a GPS app, I am only doing a real 120 km/h (75 mph)! I have no explanation why the speedometer is so optimistic. However I find those 120 km/h quite sufficient, and feel safe and relaxed at that speed. As it is also the legal speed limit in Switzerland on motorways, I am not hindering traffic flow Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: 27 March, 2017, 11:22:46 AM »

If I am not mistaken there is an old agreement between European car makers to let their speedometers show 10 % too much. With all the cars I have owned this has in any case been so.
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« Reply #28 on: 27 March, 2017, 03:06:38 PM »

If you caught speeding here in France they immediately knock off 10% to allow for speedo error.
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« Reply #29 on: 27 March, 2017, 04:30:08 PM »

Sebastien, this is the build data sheet for the car, the interior is indeed Panno nocciola

* B 12 2305.pdf (30.28 KB - downloaded 66 times.)
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