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1951 Lancia Aurelia

Chassis number : B20-1047

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Sold for $192,500 at 2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
In 1950, the sedan version of the Lancia Aurelia was introduced, powered by an aluminum-alloy V-6 motor co-designed by Vittorio Jano. The Aurelia B20 GT of 1951 was distinguished from the B10 sedan by its fastback coachwork, penned by Mari Felice Boano. The car was designed as a grand touring car and is noteworthy as the first production car to be named with the widely copied mantle of 'GT.' The initial 'pre-series' run of 98 cars were entrusted to Ghia, however they were overwhelmed with orders, prompting them to subcontract some of the cars to Pinin Farina and a relatively unknown carrozzeria named Viotti. Pinin Farina assumed production before Ghia's contracted cars were complete, which means the 'pre-series' cars were even shorter than the 98 examples cited by many history books.

When production of the B20 GT came to an end in 1958, a total of 3,871 examples had been built in a total of six series.

Along from being a road going car, they were also worthy competition cars, finishing 2nd overall at the 1951 Mille Miglia, 1st in Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans a month later and a 1-2-3 finish at the 1952 Targa Florio.

This particular B20 is the 67th car produced and is one of fewer than 98 early pre-series examples officially contracted to Ghia, though it is even more rare given that it is one of a few of the cars subcontracted to carrozzeria Viotti.

Upon completion, the car was finished in metallic beige paint with a nut-brown interior and approved for sale on June 8, 1951. It is believed that the car was imported to England in 1960 and remained in British ownership for more than two decades. It returned to Italy in 1988 and treated to a restoration by Gianni Sala of Reggio Emilia.
Power is from a 1991cc Dual Overhead Camshaft V-6 engine fitted with a Weber 40 DCF carburetor and offering 75 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

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2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Lot was not sold

2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $192,500

1951 Lancia Aurelia Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lancia Aurelia

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 LANCIA AURELIA B50 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: B50-1285
Sold for USD$146,250
  2019 Coys - Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
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1951 Lancia Aurelia B20
Chassis#: B20-1246
Sold for USD$359,520
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Series I Speciale by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B20-1346
Sold for USD$232,624
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupé
Chassis#: B52.1074
Sold for USD$192,802
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B50 Cabriolet
Chassis#: B50 1443
Sold for USD$142,298
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
Chassis#: B20-1047
Sold for USD$192,500
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1951 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Coupé Coachwork by Da Corsa
Chassis#: B20 1082
Sold for USD$120,676
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Coupé
Chassis#: BC7A
Sold for USD$124,558
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1951 Lancia Aurelia B50 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$154,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1951 Lancia B10/B20GT racing Saloon
Sold for USD$19,455
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Lancia Aurelias That Failed To Sell At Auction

1951 Lancia Aurelia's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Pre-Series Coupe10472019 Bonhams : Amelia Island $175,000$225,000
1951 LANCIA AURELIA B10 2019 Coy's London Classic $30,000$40,000
1951 Lancia Aurelia B50 CoupéB50 11942017 Bonhams : The Padua Auction $160,000$200,000

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1951 Lancia Aurelia Profiles

1951 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information
B50 Convertible
Coachwork: Pininfarina
1951 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information
B20 GT Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 1010
1951 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information
GT Coupe
Coachwork: Viotti
Chassis #: B20-1047
1951 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information
B20 GT Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
1951 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information
B20 GT Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: B20-1300