Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6, 1959

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6, 1959

Description

The body of this beautiful coupé was designed by Ghia boss Felice Mario Boano and was built by Pininfarina.

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT

The Aurelia was designed by Vittorio Jano. The car marked an economic success for Lancia in particular, but was also style-defining for many other Lancia models. Lancia also started its successful rally sport series with this model.

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

Lancia Aurelia B20 S GT with a very smooth-running V-engine, the first six-cylinder of its kind

Lancia was innovative with this vehicle: it had the first V6 engine produced in a well-known series, and it was also one of the first car engines with a housing and cylinder head made of light metal (designer Francesco De Virgilio). In the beginning, the engine had 1754 cc capacity (70 mm and 76 mm stroke) with a maximum output of 42 kW (56 hp) at 4000 rpm, later there were up to 2.5 l and 113 kW in the coupes. The engines had offset crank pins, wet liners and a central chain-driven camshaft with a hydraulic tensioner. The hanging valves were operated via rocker arms and were arranged in a V-shape due to the hemispherical combustion chambers. Clutch, gearbox and differential were combined in one housing and installed on the rear axle together with the internal drum brakes (transaxle). As a result, the axle loads were approximately the same. Like the predecessor Aprilia, the front wheels were individually suspended with sliding sleeves, at the rear there was the first semi-trailing arm axle at all, in the fourth series from 1954 a De Dion rigid axle. The Aurelia was one of the first cars with belted tires (165 × 400).

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT

Lancia Aurelia B20 S Interior

The whole engine is made of aluminum. A very smooth-running V-engine, the first six-cylinder of its kind. An in-line engine was out of the question, because for Gianni Lancia and also for his father Vincenzo, who died in 1937 at the age of 55, an engine had to be compact and light (the V6 weighs only 114 kg) , perfectly smooth at the same time. Therefore, Lancia chose a real V-engine, which is referred to as VR engine today. With him, every connecting rod has its own offset and, thanks to the regular firing interval, runs smoothly. Unlike the simple V6 engine, in which two cylinders share a crank.

Lancia Aurelia B20 S GT with 2,5 Ltr. V6 Engine

Books fill the brilliant details of the Aurelia, and yet this coupe was only built 3871 times, of which only 425 were left-hand drive vehicles! That was due to the high price, most recently an Aurelia Coupe cost 28,700 Deutsche Mark. Mercedes delivered a 300 SL for a few hundred more. And it showed much more clearly than a Lancia how rich its owner was.

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Dashboard

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Dashboard

This very well documented Lancia Aurelia was restored very elaborately at a German specialist workshop. The engine still needs to be run in. The restoration is very well documented. This is one of only 425 left-hand drive vehicles built.

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Interior

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Interior

This very well documented Lancia Aurelia was restored very elaborately at a German specialist workshop. The engine still needs to be run in. The restoration is very well documented.

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6 from 1959

This is one of only 425 left-hand drive vehicles built.
Owning the most advanced car of its time is also a pleasure because it is unexpectedly good to drive.

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

First registration 06/1959
VIN: B20S1695
Engine: V6, displacement 2451 cc
Power 82 kW / 112 PS / 111 BHP at 5000 rpm
Transmission: Manuel 4-speed transmission (Transaxle)
Mileage 64 329 km

Price: 215,000 euros, aprox. 234.000 US $, 859.000 Dirham

Location Germany

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

Lancia Aurelia B20S GT Series 6

This is one of only 425 left-hand drive vehicles built.