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1955 Lancia Aurelia Spider America Roadster (Series 5) / B24S-1138 Vehicle Information

Sold for $1,952,500 at 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
In the years preceding the Second World War, Vittorio Jano and Alfa Romeo virtually dominated the small sports car market. Following the war, when Lancia was struggling just to recover from the effects of the war, Jano would be sought after to overcome some issues the Aurelia design was having. Picking up right where he had left off before the war, Jano would help those at Lancia to truly create the 'golden one'.

Lancia gets credit for producing the first V6 engine and it would be the Aurelia that would be the beneficiary of Francesco de Virgilio's efforts. Not surprisingly, de Virgilio studied under Jano and the result would be a 60 degree V6 that was both labor-intensive to build, but also a remarkable piece of engineering. But the engine would have nothing on Jano's handiwork.

Struggling with the backend of the car, Vittorio would suggest placing the transaxle at the back of the car. The result would be a work of art that would not only help with the car's stability but would come to define what a manual gearbox should feel and act like.

Named after the 'Golden Road' that leads from Rome to France, the Aurelia would be Lancia's best-ever road-going automobile and, arguably, a better piece of craftsmanship than many others originating from Italy, including Maranello.

This particular car, 1138, is a B24S, and therefore derives its existence from the fourth series of the Aurelia. This would be one of Lancia's very best, very important. Part of the top-of-the-line B24S Spider America, 1138 would be among a select number of Aurelias built by Lancia. Some even consider this particular example to be the finest of them all.

In the summer of 1955, 1138 would receive its hand-built Pinin Farina body. Equipped with left-hand drive and bearing the name of the intended audience, the Spider America would make its way to the United States. Photographs presented with the car actually show this particular car being loaded upon the ship being readied for the journey.

Arriving in the United States the car would continue its travels making its way to the West Coast Lancia distributor, Kjell Qvale. It is believed the car would first be sold to a close friend, a manager with his British Motor Car distributor based in San Francisco. The gentleman's name was Robert G. Gilllespie.

Gillespie understood well what the Aurelia was all about and would end up entering the car in some races to help promote the brand. Gillespie had a close friend that suited the plan perfectly. Lou Brero was a gentleman racer and he would take the car and entered the Torrey Pines Road Races in 1955.

Racing against such drivers as Phil Hill and against other potent cars like the D-Type Jaguar, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and Ferrari 375MM, Brero would have no easy task despite the 118bhp V6 engine with Weber Carburetor and Nardi performance kit. Nonetheless, Brero would come away with a top finish in class.

A year later, the car would be offered for sale. Unfortunately, not much would be known about the car for nearly 30 years. Then, during the 1980s, Tony Nicosia, considered the Lancia expert, would eventually rediscover the car and would set about restoring it.

Considered the foremost expert on all things Lancia, Nicosia would use his vast experience to bring 1138 to the fullness of its glory. Though greatly sought-after for many other projects, this was one Tony wasn't about to turn away. The result would be, in the minds of the majority, the finest Aurelia Spider America.

After a long process just to purchase and restore the car, the Lancia would eventually end up part of Nicosia's collection. Though having owned around a dozen Aurelia's over the course of his lifetime, there would hardly be a better than 1138.

Finally finished, the restoration process was intensive, complex and extreme, yet, worth all of the time, money and effort. Offered as part of Bonham's 2015 Quail Lodge auction, the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America would be one of the highlights of the event and would draw some very spirited bidding. The result would be a world record price of $1,952,500.

By Jeremy McMullen


2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,800,000-USD $2,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,952,500

1955 Lancia Aurelia Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S-1178
Sold for USD$941,944
  2020 Gooding & Company : Passion of a Lifetime
 
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S-1156
Sold for USD$810,000
  2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S 1077
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America Coachwork by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S-1110
Sold for USD$1,265,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S/1009
Sold for USD$1,300,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S-1072
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia GT B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S-1177
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S 1077
Sold for USD$2,007,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA
Chassis#: B24S-1094
Sold for USD$1,402,500
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S-1131
Sold for USD$880,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA
Chassis#: B24S-1138
Sold for USD$1,952,500
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24-1049
Sold for USD$929,600
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S/1009
Sold for USD$1,347,500
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA
Chassis#: B24S-1177
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S-1110
Sold for USD$1,078,823
  2014 RM Auctions : Monaco
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America
Chassis#: B24S 1077
Sold for USD$1,815,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider
Chassis#: B24S 1144
Sold for USD$935,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe
Chassis#: B20 - 3422
Sold for USD$162,965
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S 1147
Sold for USD$637,285
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S America Spider by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina
Chassis#: B24S-1131
Sold for USD$825,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1955 Lancia Aurelia image  1955 Lancia Aurelia image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Lancia Aurelia's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin FarinaB24S-10442019 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,250,000$1,500,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 4th Series CoupeB20-36182019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $120,000$150,000
1955 Lancia B24S Spider AmericaB24S 11702019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $1,300,000$1,600,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America by Pinin FarinaB24-10492018 RM Sothebys : London $650,000$750,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin FarinaB24S-11562018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $950,000$1,250,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America Coachwork by Pinin FarinaB24 - 10472018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $1,000,000$1,300,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin FarinaB24S-11492018 RM Sothebys : Monaco $800,000$1,000,000
1955 Lancia B24 Spider America Par Pinin FarinaB24 10132017 Artcurial : Retromobile $900,000$1,200,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Series IV Coupé32792016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale $100,000$150,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider with HardtopB24S10022016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $900,000$1,300,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider AmericaB24S 11152015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,200,000$1,500,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America by Pinin FarinaB24S-11342014 RM Auctions at Monterey$1,025,000$1,100,000$1,400,000
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B20 GT 4th SERIES COUPEB20-36182014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $220,000$260,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider AmericaB24 10082008 The Palace Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland $430,000$530,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider AmericaB24-10462007 Bonhams Ferrari et les Prestigieuses Italiennes $550,000$650,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia B50
1951 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1951 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1951 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 1010
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1951 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Viotti
Chassis Num: B20-1047

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia B50
1951 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B501285
Engine Num: B102008
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1952 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1952 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia B53 Giardinetta
1952 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Viotti
Chassis Num: 1004

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 1072
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1952 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B20 1580
Engine Num: 1685

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: B52-1026
Engine Num: 3113
Chassis information for the Lancia 2000 B52 Aurelia
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: B521055
Engine Num: 3832

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia B53
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Allemano
Chassis Num: B53 1008

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia Series IV B20
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 3126
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia Series IV B20
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: B20-3157
Engine Num: B20-3720

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia Series IV B20
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: B20S-1124
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachbuilder: Boano

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachbuilder: Boano
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachbuilder: Boano

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachbuilder: Boano
Chassis Num: B20-3618
Engine Num: B20-4372

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S 1077
Engine Num: B24 1098
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S 1144
Engine Num: B24 1213

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S 1170
Engine Num: B24 1229
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1044
Engine Num: B24-1052

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1072
Engine Num: B24-1184
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1094
Engine Num: 1116

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1110
Engine Num: B24-1119
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1131

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1138
Engine Num: B24 1198
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1156
Engine Num: B24-1210

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachbuilder: Boano
Chassis Num: B24S-1177
Engine Num: B24 1239
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1180
Engine Num: B241242

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S/1009
Engine Num: 1065
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1955 Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S1166

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1317
Engine Num: B24 1435
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1957 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B24S-1454
Engine Num: B24-1574

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B20S 1763
Engine Num: B20*5409*
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B20S 1791
Engine Num: B20N 3569

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B20S 1832
Engine Num: B20N 5498
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B20S1801

Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: B245 1678
Engine Num: 1798
Chassis information for the Lancia Aurelia
1958 Convertible
Chassis Num: B24S-1445
Engine Num: B24-1554

1955 Lancia Aurelia

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