1957 Lancia Aurelia B50100.000-140.000 EUR - Estimate

1957  Lancia  Aurelia B20S Série 6

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UK title
Chassis n° B20S1676
Engine n°B20N5240

- Superb recent restoration
- Matching numbers
- Rare left-hand drive with floor shift

Reference Number 618210

as of 7/6/2020

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Artcurial - Monaco  Contact  Location
Hôtel Hermitage Square Beaumarchais  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Monte-Carlo
98000 Monte-Carlo  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
Monaco  Mobile    Country  Monaco Monaco
Overview
Car 1957 Lancia Aurelia B50
VIN B20S1676 
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Known History

The B20SL on offer is an example of the final and most highly developed sixth series. It is also a desirable left-hand drive version benefitting from a floor-mounted gear shift and De Dion rear axle suspension that was more robust than the independent suspension used on earlier series. This ultimate evolution is the most sought-after version, equipped with its 118bhp 2.5-litre V6 engine.

The Registro Aurelia file indicates that chassis 1676 was completed on 10 December 1957 and exported to the US. The same document also confirms it is a matching numbers car. The history file tells us that this B20 spent time in Rhode Island during the 1960s, moving later to New Jersey before being stored away in a barn in Pennsylvania at the end of the 1970s. The car did not see the light of day again until 2013, and the current owner, an important European collector, acquired the car at auction the following year, as a fantastic barn find, in original condition and requiring restoration. Stripped back to bare metal and for a full overhaul, the project was completed in 2020 and the result is remarkable. The original mechanical elements, running gear, upholstery and electrics were all refurbished and there is a large file detailing all the work. Repainted in its original colour, this superb B20, still with the preferable small rear lights that were replaced by larger ones at the end of the series, is undoubtedly the most desirable version. Light, with a lively engine, precise steering and good handling round corners, it is a real treat to drive a B20, sitting in total comfort in a genuine GT car so emblematic of its era.