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« Reply #75 on: 15 July, 2017, 12:31:09 AM »

Slightly off topic - the radio for the 1952 B20 was an Autovox, and predates this discussion by about 6 years. Its restoration was interesting: first, three vintage radio restorers in the US wouldn't touch it. Finally found a vintage radio buff in Trieste willing to take it on! He had to hunt hard, but found a power diagram somewhere, and a power source on Ebay, then proceeded to rebuild in detail. Shipped this 30 lb object back, no joy in that either. Lots of detail in his writeup of the restoration:

https://www.depoi.net/en/2017/restoration-autovox-car-radio-lancia-aurelia-b20


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« Reply #76 on: 15 July, 2017, 05:21:26 PM »

The radio I had for my B50 Cabriolet was one of the Square type. It was for a B20, but the B50 had a much shorter slot for it to fit in, so I had it converted to modern internals with FM and a fly lead for a external mobile phone connection (The cost is long forgotten.... but I know it wasn't cheap!)

The radio that is currently in the B12 is a modern retro style Blaupunkt, it has the filigree finish of the dash, but it also has a surround, so does not fit as nicely as the ones in Sebastien's or my original radio photos. (The one in my photo does have the  filigree finish, but it is rather worn!!) and doesn't have the lovely matching buttons. I wonder how many of these original B12 radios were made, considering there were (at least) two different styles there can't be that many around.

The B12 already has an aerial mounted on the wing, so I don't have to worry about drilling a hole, but I did have this dilemma on the B50. In the end a very kind LMC member (sorry I can't remember who  Embarrassed) gave me an aerial for under body mounting, this might be just what you need for your B12 Brian.


http://www.chromelondon.com/underbody-chassis-aerial-antenna-new--universal-3598-p.asp


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« Reply #77 on: 04 November, 2017, 10:25:22 AM »

The B12 is featured in an article in the December 2017 Classic & Sports Car magazine.
Written by Martin Buckley, who really enjoyed driving it, his summing up reads:- "This is a special example of a special car. Not just one of the great Lancias, but one of the greatest saloons of its time.
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« Reply #78 on: 04 November, 2017, 12:21:31 PM »

Inspired by Ade and after a shorter search I have also acquired (nice but not as concours as Ade's) from Italy. We drove it home last weekend, and now in the process of registering and giving it good mechanical review and service.

I concur with Martin Buckley's statement that it is a great saloon, with great driving appeal.

Here is our car at the summit of Col de Mont Cenis. We have called her Aurora!!!!


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« Reply #79 on: 04 November, 2017, 12:25:15 PM »

Congratulations again Tim, looking forward to updates and photos as you find your way around your B12, do enjoy and welcome to the "club"!

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« Reply #80 on: 04 November, 2017, 05:30:34 PM »

Well done Tim. These cars ooze class.
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« Reply #81 on: 06 November, 2017, 01:48:49 PM »

Two stunning cars. Such understated elegance....so far removed the CAD designs of today.
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« Reply #82 on: 06 November, 2017, 07:59:31 PM »

My copy of this months C&C landed this evening. Apparently I have to do the ironing before I can read it....

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« Reply #83 on: 08 November, 2017, 07:09:20 AM »

Excellent news Tim, I am sure it will continue to give you huge pleasure!!

I'm just wondering how the neighbours will react to the now desperately needed rather large extension that will be needed to the garage!!!!

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« Reply #84 on: 08 November, 2017, 10:30:08 AM »

Excellent news Tim, I am sure it will continue to give you huge pleasure!!

I'm just wondering how the neighbours will react to the now desperately needed rather large extension that will be needed to the garage!!!!

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« Reply #85 on: 08 November, 2017, 06:47:42 PM »

I think you need to invest in a storage facility Tim then keep adding to the collection. There must still be some gems that you need to own. After all, they are investments as well as objects of desire.
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« Reply #86 on: 09 November, 2017, 01:01:14 PM »

When is the collection Being opened to the public Grin

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« Reply #87 on: 10 November, 2017, 07:56:11 AM »

In at number three of this months top features in Classic and Sports Car.........

http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/seven-unmissable-classic-car-articles-december-issue-csc?utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_campaign=&utm_content=CLAS%20ENews%20Digest%209th%20November%20(1)::Hyperlink_20171109_102333045&utm_source=20171109
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« Reply #88 on: 10 November, 2017, 05:36:53 PM »

Lovely piece, but then I'm a tad biased!

Great pics of the B12 on the move, looks a lot more elegant, and all I can say about the leaning on the corners was that it was down to poorly cambered roads!

Martin clearly delights in his older Lancias, long may it continue and thank you Ade for getting the B12 into the spotlight again.

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« Reply #89 on: 10 November, 2017, 06:23:22 PM »

Frank, I would have to disagree with you about the roll on a B12, it does roll and compared with modern cars, it rolls a lot!  However if it didn't roll the superb ride would be compromised. So I am quite happy with this, I would much prefer a bit of roll and smooth ride quality rather than little roll and a bone hard ride. After all it is relative to the period it was built.


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