1953 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Competizione
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History of the car
The Vittorio Jano-designed Lancia Aurelia was a truly revolutionary design, combining high levels of performance luxury into one attractive and compact package. First offered in 1950 in B10 Berlina guise and joined by the B20 GT two-passenger coupé in 1951, the Aurelia created an immediate sensation. The brainchild of Lancia engineer Francesco de Virgilio, it is also considered the first production automobile to utilise V6 power. Mechanically identical to the B10 but with a larger two-litre engine, the B20 GT was designed by Boano, and series production bodywork was carried out by Pinin Farina.
Racing success came swiftly, and in action, the B20 GT silenced any doubts as to its sporting prowess by finishing second in the Mille Miglia in 1951, piloted by Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli, followed up by victories including first in class and 12th overall at Le Mans. A stunning 1-2-3 finish at the 1952 Targa Florio was followed by another high profile win at the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally in 1953.
production years 1951 - 1958
built at Italy
body stylist Gianpaolo Boano
coachbuilder Pinin Farina
engineers Vittorio Jano
displacement 1991 cc / 121.50 in³
f suspension Sliding Pillar
r suspension Independent
transmission 4-Speed Manual Transaxle
The B20 GT began a revolution in racing. In 1951 alone, the Aurelia took 19 stunning wins in important races such as the Mille Miglia,Giro di Sicilia and the Le Mans.
The V6 engine of 2,451cc with one twin Weber DCL carburetor developed 118 Bhp at 5,500 rpm in standard version.
This specific car was belonging to F1 pilot Lorenzo Bardini and is fitted with NARDI KIT (two double WEBER, floor gearchange shift and high lift camshaft).
The Lancia Aurelia B20 won first place overall at the 6th Acropolis Rally in 1958. L.Villoresi was at the wheel while G.Basadona was his co-driver.The car now belongs to mr.Theodoros Charagionis collection (Hellenic Motor Museum). Vasileios Papaidis