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1955 Lancia Aurelia

The Lancia Aurelia B24 was the replacement for the B20 Berlinetta, an automobile that had a very distinguished career including many race wins and being considered by many as the first true Grand Tourer after World Word II. It's racing class victories include the Mille Miglia and the grueling 24 Hours of LeMans.

The B24 was available as a Spyder and later followed by a Convertible version. In 1954 the B24 was introduced powered by a V-6 engine capable of producing 112 horsepower. Depending on the configuration, the horsepower rating increased. The exquisitely modern styling was performed by Pininfarina and intended for the United States market. The design featured wrap-around windshield and low-cut doors that required Plexiglas side curtains. It had a rear transaxle, shortened chassis, and soft suspension when compared with its predecessor. Many other mechanical components were similar. The rear-mounted four-speed manual transaxle featured an updated floor-mounted gearshift rather than on the column.

During its production lifespan, lasting one year, only 521 examples of the B42 were produced with only 200 examples being the B24 Spider America. When the Andrea Doria sank, seven examples went down with the ship. Twenty were created with a Carrozzeria Fontana removable aluminum hardtop.

The Pinin Farina designed vehicle is considered one of the most beautiful bodies created by the famous coachbuilder.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008

Related Reading : Lancia Aurelia History

Only 330 examples of the striking B24 were ever produced. This very special automobile, produced for a scant 3 years, offered a host of bristling features in typical Lancia fashion. From the lovely Pininfarina lines down to the remarkably modern mechanicals, the Aurelia B24 Spider was a guaranteed classic. The Aurelia series was comprised of a full lineup of first-rate cars, with the B20 GT coupe....
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Related Reading : Lancia Aurelia History

In 1950 the Lancia Aurelia was introduced to the public at the Turin Motorshow and had been created as a replacement for the Lancia Aprilia. Under the hood was a new six-cylinder engine in Vee configuration. To reduce weight various body panels had been constructed of aluminum including the hood and doors. The clutch and four-speed gearbox was mounted in the rear using a single unit with the....
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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S1166

In 1950, Lancia introduced their first post-war car, the Aurelia. It came with the first production V-6 engine and inboard rear brakes. The Aurelia had semi-unitary bodies, which provided to be a suitable platform for coachbuilders (the B50) to work ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1180
Engine Num: B241242

Prior to 1955, all Lancias were given right-hand-drive steering. 1955 marked the first year Lancia offered their vehicles with an optional left-hand drive. The vehicles given left-hand drive were designated with an 'S', for Sinistra, meaning left i....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Lancia introduced the Aurelia B20 range in 1951 with the B20 GT Coupe. In 1954 the lucrative American market was the target for what is agreed by most collectors as one of the most beautiful sports cars ever designed, the Lancia Aurelia Spyder. With ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachwork: Boano

Lancia has been in the business of building cars since 1906. The B20 was designed by Felice Mario Boano and was put into production only a year after the B10 sedan. Production of the B20 Series would last for seven years and they were very popular;....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1072
Engine Num: B24-1184

In the 1950s, Lancia was famous for its superb engineering, and the Lancia Aurelia performed well on both the road and the track. The American market needed a convertible though, and the Spider America was the answer. The car was styled by Pinin Fari....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1131

The Aurelia B24S America Spider, with 'S' signifying sinistra or 'left,' was in reference to the left-hand-drive chassis. The design was created by Pinin Farina and had aggressive hood scoop, flowing front fenders, and gently curving rear fenders wit....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S 1144
Engine Num: B24 1213

Lancia built just 181 left-hand-drive examples of the B24S. The 'S' stood for sinistra, Italian for 'left.' Work on this car began on September 9th of 1955 and was completed just under a month later on October 5th. Originally finished in grey ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S/1009
Engine Num: 1065

A new variant of the Lancia Aurelia platform was introduced in January of 1955 at the Brussels Motor Show. Many of the mechanical components of the B24 Spider were borrowed from the fourth-series Aurelia B24 GT. The chassis was more than 200mm shorte....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Pinin Farina built the B24 Spyder, dubbed the Spyder America, as a development of the very successful B20 Aurelia. Aimed at the US market, 240 were made, and each came equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine and DeDion rear suspension. An interesting fea....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

This B24 Spyder was designed and built by Pinin Farina for the American market, so it was soon dubbed the 'Spyder America.' It was a development of the hugely successful B20 Aurelia coupe that established the Lancia name at the forefront of racing i....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachwork: Boano

Chassis Num: B20-3618
Engine Num: B20-4372

The Lancia Aurelia, the first car ever to employ a V6 engine, was introduced at the 1950 Turin Motor Show. The 1,754cc 60-degree V6 was designed in wartime by Francesco de Virgilio. The engine was constructed from aluminum and used overhead values op....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

At the 1955 Brussels Motor Show, Lancia introduced a new variant of the Aurelia platform that eventually became one of the most acclaimed models in the company's history. The new 24 Spider featured the advanced mechanicals of the four-series Aurelia ....[continue reading]

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1138
Engine Num: B24 1198

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 overco....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S 1077
Engine Num: B24 1098

This Lancia Spider America was originally sold to Luigi Bosisio of Milan, who kept it briefly before selling it to Roberto Longhi, followed by a succession of Italian owners that culminated with Gianni Savoia of Verona, who retained the Lancia for 20....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1094
Engine Num: 1116

This Lancia B24S has had just five overs since new, and has 63,000 miles on its odometer. The car was originally finished in pale green pastel paint and upholstered in dark green vinyl. The original owner was a physician in Duchess County, New York. ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachwork: Boano

Chassis Num: B24S-1177
Engine Num: B24 1239

The Lancia Company was founded in November of 1906 by Italian racer Vincenzo Lancia. The heritage of Lancia S.p.A. is built upon advanced engineering, industry-leading styling, sophistication, excellent, and race-winning performance. The Aurelia was ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1110
Engine Num: B24-1119

Prior to production of the Spider Americas ending in 1955, a total of 240 examples were built. Of those, 181 were left-hand drive. The following year, the more comfortable B24 convertible replaced the Spider, and rested on the Fifth Series platform. ....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1156
Engine Num: B24-1210

240 examples of the Lancia Aurelia B24 were built with 59 in right-hand drive (B24) configuration and 181 in left-hand drive (B24S 'Sinistra'). They were built on a shortened 4th Series platform, the Spider was fitted with the revised 4th Series rear....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Lancia produced the Aurelia B24 Spider in 1954-1955. Only 240 cars were built. Features include a panoramic windscreen, two-piece bumpers, removable side screens, a soft top and Pinin Farina styling. The car is equipped with a 2,451cc engine and a re....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

GT Coupe (Series 4)
Coachwork: Boano

The Vittorio Jano-designed Lancia Aurelia was a truly revolutionary model, combining performance and luxury in one compact package. Lancia engineer Francesco de Virgilio designed the Aurelia's V6 engine, the first production V6 in the world. The Aure....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S 1170
Engine Num: B24 1229

The Lancia B10 Aurelia was introduced at the Torino Motor Show in May of 1950. Importantly, they were equipped with the world's first production V-6 engine. In January of 1955, the B24S Spider America was shown at the Brussels motor show. They were b....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: B24S-1044
Engine Num: B24-1052

The Lancia Aurelia was introduced at the 1955 Brussels Motor Show and was built atop a chassis more than 200 mm shorter than the standard fourth-series B20 GT. It was given most of the Aurelia's advanced mechanical components, including the inboard r....[continue reading]

1955 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

Spider America Roadster (Series 5)
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Achieving great racing success with the B20 Saloon Car, Lancia realized that an open sports version was needed. As one of the first jobs awarded to their new manufacturing plant, Pinin Farina was commissioned for the project. They responded by buildi....[continue reading]

Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S1166 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1180 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 
GT Coupe (Series 4) by Boano
 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1072 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1131 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S 1144 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S/1009 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 
GT Coupe (Series 4) by Boano
Chassis #: B20-3618 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1138 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S 1077 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1094 
GT Coupe (Series 4) by Boano
Chassis #: B24S-1177 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1110 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1156 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 
GT Coupe (Series 4) by Boano
 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S 1170 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
Chassis #: B24S-1044 
Spider America Roadster (Series 5) by Pininfarina
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,070-$5,510
1955 Aurelia
$5,810-$18,050
1955 Lancia Aurelia Price Range: $5,510 - $5,810

Aurelia

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 107.04 CID., 56.00hp
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 107.04 CID., 56.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 65.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 70.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 75.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 90.00hp
96.46 in.
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 65.00hp
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 107.04 CID., 56.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 65.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 70.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 75.00hp
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 90.00hp
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 70.00hp
104.70 in.
6 cyl., 121.50 CID., 75.00hp
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 149.50 CID., 110.00hp
$5,800 - $5,800
89,742
104.70 in., 112.60 in.
6 cyl., 121.00 CID., 80.00hp
6 cyl., 149.57 CID., 110.00hp
$5,510 - $5,810
112.60 in.
6 cyl., 107.04 CID., 56.00hp
$5,500 - $5,800
96.00 in., 108.30 in.
6 cyl., 149.50 CID., 110.00hp
$5,195 - $6,195
104.70 in.
6 cyl., 149.50 CID., 110.00hp
$5,590 - $6,195

Industry Production

#1#2#3Lancia
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)12,130
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)10,629
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)5,746
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)

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