Without hesitation, the Lancia Aurelia can speak of the most shapely design of the automobile manufacturer Lancia. But not only the design of the all-steel body convinced at the first presentation of the Lancia Aurelia 1950 at the Turin Motor Show, but also the high-quality innovative technology.
First as a 4-door sedan, later during the eight-year construction period as a shapely coupe and in different engines. The development of the Lancia Aurelia was defeated by the best engineers in Italy, which undoubtedly included Vittorio Jano and his colleague Francesco de Virgilio. But especially the development work Francesco de Virgilio stood out on the then new type 60-degree V6 engine in light metal construction. This engine had a separate crankpin per cylinder for each connecting rod on the crankshaft, while in other V-engines, two opposite connecting rods shared a crankpin. A central camshaft controlled the valves. Already between 1945 and 1949 several prototype engines were developed for test purposes. The first featured models of the Aurelia series still had a 1754 cc engine. Lancia developed the built until 1958 Aurelia models steadily.
The Lancia Aurelia B20 model from the 4th series shown here already has a 2.5 liter engine with a performance of 112 hp at 5300 rpm. Thus, the coupe reaches a top speed of about 180 km / h.
The Lancia Aurelia B20 GT was also popular with racers like Juan Manuel Fangio, Jean Behra and Mike Hawthorn. The previously acquired knowledge Vittorio Janos paid off. Victories on the tracks of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Carrera Panamericana impressively prove the perfect performance of the car.
The two-door Berlinetta body comes from the pen of Italian coachbuilder Pinin Farina. The shapely Grand Tourismo combines all the attributes of a luxury touring car and a super sports car. The B20’s new De Dion rear axle and the standard transaxle system, transmission and clutch on the rear axle characterize the outstanding handling of the Lancia Aurelia. The vehicle behaves in all situations very spurenicher and curve stable.
The interior is indeed designed as a sports car, but offers by the spacious emergency back seat quite 4 people.
Not only in the 50s was the Lancia Aurelia convincing. The elegant Italian is one of the most sought after classic cars today.