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Sold for: £95,625
Designed in 1949 by Vittorio Jano, and unveiled in 1950 to a nation slowly recovering from a World War, the Lancia Aurelia was very simply, revolutionary.The car combined luxury, performance, looks and charisma, and offered a dream to a nation just finding their way.The Aurelia bristled with innovation - the first V6 production engine, transaxle, inboard rear brakes, monocoque construction and a very efficient slippery shape.In a country in love with motor sport it's no surprise that the Aurelia was immediately seized upon by wealthy Italian privateers, and achieved almost instant success in competition throughout Europe starting with a second place in the 1951 Mille Miglia in virtually standard form.The model went on to be developed over almost 8 years and six distinct Series and were bought by wealthy discreet Italians and those in the know throughout Europe.The 4th. Series differed from earlier cars mainly in the introduction of de Dion tube rear suspension, further improving an already great handling car and Series 4 cars were offered from 1954.Our little Lancia offered here, is indeed a right hand drive Series 4 GT250 B20 with the later suspension and a 2.5 ltr, V6 producing 118hp, and is one of 573 built during 1954.Its first registered owner was Douglas Abercrombie from Essex and he was followed by 3 more UK owners.The car may have been imported to Holland in 1996 but certainly the last registered owner is given as Netherlands Classic Park BV. It is difficult to look at this fabulous '54 Lancia without wanting to take it home.Carefully restored in the late 90s, every aspect of this vehicle still looks spot-on.Finished in Baby Blue (officially Azzuro Agnano-Celeste Aurelia) with white wheels and superb brightwork. The interior is painted, with the upholstery in Oatmeal piped with Tan. Immaculate Black rubber floormats complete the very 50's cabin.There are Dutch papers with the car. All in all. Wonderful.
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