1956 Lancia Aurelia

Vincenzo Lancia's first car, introduced in 1907, was unique, different, and defied conventional construction methods. This trend would continue with the marque well into the modern era. After World War II came to a close, Lancia recommenced production with the Aprilia and the smaller Ardea. The first new product was the Aurelia and the first car ever to employ a V6 engine. It was introduced at the 1950 Turin Motor Show and wore a designed by Francesco de Virgilio. Power was from a 1,754cc 60-degree V6 engine of all-aluminum construction and used overhead valves operated via short pushrods instead of Lancia's traditional overhead camshafts. The Aurelia was given an advanced unitary construction design although it retained the company's 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension, first seen on the Lambda. In the back was a semi-trailing-arm layout - another world first. The transmission was comprised of a two-piece prop-shaft that combined the gearbox/rear transaxle on which were mounted the inboard brakes.

The first bodystyle to emerge was the B10 saloon which was joined the following year by the Pinin Farina-styled B20 Coupé, a fastback '2+2' on a shortened wheelbase.

In 1951, the engine capacity grew to 1,991cc, which gave the B20 a top speed of over 100 mph. In this guise, Giovanni Bracco finished 2nd in the 1951 Mille Miglia.

The 3rd and subsequent series B20s was introduced in 1953, fitted with a 2,451cc engine delivering 118 horsepower. The 4-th series cars had a DeDion rear suspension.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

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1956 Lancia Aurelia vehicle information

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The Lancia Aurelia (named after the Roman road, the Via Aurelia) was introduced in 1950 and produced through 1958. It was noted for using the first production V6 engine.....[continue reading]

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$1,070-$5,500
1956 Aurelia
$5,800-$16,795
1956 Lancia Aurelia Price Range: $5,500 - $5,800

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lancia
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
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)

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