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Author Topic: Aurelia at RM Auction Battersea  (Read 2278 times)
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« on: 11 October, 2010, 04:32:15 PM »

Sadly I am not the mystery Euromillions winner (sigh) but that doesnt stop me staring wistfully at the gorgeous green Aurelia thats coming up for sale at RM soon.  I am not certain but believe its a well known car owned by a lady LMC member?

Now, I need to work on my Paul McKenna style hypnotism that will see her part with it for a Fulvia HF and my collection of random and not entirely useful parts!

(Dream on son)

1969 RHD Fanalone Lusso
Aurelia Adam
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« Reply #1 on: 13 October, 2010, 10:45:09 AM »

Nice looking car.

Description could have done with a few interior and engine pics and not mis-decribed it as a 2nd Series.

Listed at £50-60k, it should sell well.

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« Reply #2 on: 31 October, 2010, 09:40:16 AM »

It sold for 52.640 GBP.
The catalog description was corrected with the mention that is was 4th series. But all the text, speaking of lightweight early car, was not!!!
Did it sell well? I don't know, as I have not seen the car.

Never trust a description, only what you see, and information from reliable sources.

Here the description, copied from the RM website (read it with a pinch of salt, especially the bit about the successes in historic rallies):

118 bhp, 2,451 cc V-6 engine with overhead-valves, four-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, sliding pillar independent front suspension, independent rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5"

The Vittorio Jano-designed Lancia Aurelia was a truly revolutionary design, combining high levels of performance luxury into one attractive and compact package. First offered in 1950 in B10 Berlina guise and joined by the B20 GT two-passenger coupé in 1951, the Aurelia created an immediate sensation. The brainchild of Lancia engineer Francesco de Virgilio, it is also considered the first production automobile to utilise V-6 power. Mechanically identical to the B10 but with a larger engine, the B20 GT was designed by Boano, and series production bodywork was carried out by Pinin Farina.

Racing success came swiftly, and in action, the B20 GT silenced any doubts as to its sporting prowess by finishing second in the Mille Miglia in 1951, piloted by Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli, followed up by victories including first in class and 12th overall at Le Mans. A stunning 1-2-3 finish at the 1952 Targa Florio was followed by another high profile win at the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally in 1953.

The Lancia offered here is a desirable second-series B20 GT, which benefits from the relative simplicity and sophisticated mechanical specifications of the earlier models without the added weight of the later-series cars. Its original old English ‘buff-log’ book indicates it was first registered on 23rd November, 1954. It has more recently been acquired by its owner, an enthusiast and experienced driver who regularly competes in various historic racing events. She acquired this B20 specifically to compete in historic rallyes and has done so very successfully, even appearing on the cover of La vie de l’Auto.

Since acquiring the car, she has commissioned a great deal of mechanical work to prepare it for winter rallyes. More specifically, the heater was rebuilt, the windshield wiper motors were replaced, the steering box was rebuilt, as were the front drum brakes, and the car was fitted with a new clutch, air filter, Bilstein shock absorbers and four new wheels. Driving lights were added, and the bumpers were removed from the car to lend a more sporting appearance, but they accompany the car in the sale. Finally, the interior was equipped with a Tripmaster, rally clock and fire extinguisher. In fact, the car retains its original UK registration 5CMY. Prepared and modified by an experienced racing driver, this Lancia B20 is fully sorted and an ideal entrant for any number of historic racing events.


Contrary to the catalog description, this car is a 4th series example.
« Last Edit: 31 October, 2010, 12:19:13 PM by Sebastien » Logged
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« Reply #3 on: 24 December, 2010, 11:52:31 AM »

For sale again, at

5 CMY is one of 25 B20GT's delivered to the UK new in RHD specification and it is thought that in the 4th series of cars only 6 RHD cars were delivered new to England. The car offered here is a 4th series B20GT, notable changes from the third series being a De dion rear end creating more predictable handling and the most powerful engine of any of the B20GT's with a 2.5l aluminium unit providing 118BHP. 5 CMY was subject to a full rebuild in the early 90ís by the then owner who had acquired the car in 1986. A number of photos of the rebuild as well as invoices accompany the car. The engine was fully rebuilt with all new bearings, pistons, valves etc. by well known Lancia B20 expert Tim Burrett. The rebuild incorporated a Nardi camshaft and standard 40 DC2 carburettor, giving better mid to top end performance. The gearbox received new first and reverse gears, all new bearings and a new clutch. Another desirable accessory is the Nardi floor shift that is most commonly seen on the Lancia B24 Spyder.

The most recent owners did a great deal of work to the car in order to make it suitable for historic winter rallying. Rebuilding the steering box, all new bilstein shock absorbers, relined brake drums, and importantly for winter rallying a rebuilt heater. Incorporated into the cockpit was a rally clock and a Tripmaster. 5 CMY has competed in many historic rallies and has been feature in many articles as well as on the front cover of La Vie de Líauto in the 2004 Neige et Glace.

Recent Historic Rally Record

Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2009,

ING Ardenne Red 2008,

ING Ardenne Bleue 2005.

Neige Et Glace 2004
Here is a chance to purchase one of 25 UK supplied B20GT Aurelia's that retains its original buff log book, as well as the original registration mark that it was issued with when new. The car holds FIVA and FIA papers and it's uprated performance makes it a perfect car for many historic events including the Miglia Mille, Targa Florio, Goodwood Revival, Monte Carlo Historic and many other historic events.

Please visit for further details and photos

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