LANCIA SPIDER AURELIA G.T. 2500 B24 AMERICA BY PININFARINA
The Lancia Aurelia provided the platform from which huge levels of innovation were first showcased. Lancia revealed the Aurelia with the worlds first production V6 engine. The car also came with a balanced transaxle gearbox and inboard rear brakes. The car was a post-war revelation and comprehensively placed Lancia back in the running within the global car market.
The car was initially released as a B10 saloon and was quickly followed by a coupe derivative, the B20, which was built on a shortened platform. Although the Aurelia was built with a semi-unitary body, a platform for coachbuilders in the form of the B50 was also offered, on which Pininfarina built a four-seat cabriolet. However, it was felt that a proper open two-seater sport model was required, especially for the U.S. market.
The result of a desire to produce an open two-seater sports car for the US market was the ‘Spider America.’ The car was styled and built by Pininfarina. The world renowned coachbuilders took the essence and pre-existing style of the Aurelia and transformed the car into something truly each catching and exquisite. The Spider “America” was destined to be set apart from the rest. It is a magnificent motorcar to complete a future Mille Miglia in.
Of the 240 examples built, we understand that only 59 were built to Right Hand Drive specification. Our ‘Spider America’ was the 4th chassis sequence motorcar produced. The 1st chassis was a prototype and has subsequently been destroyed. Chassis 1002 was the 1st completed and was exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show in 1954. It is understood that this particular car was the 3rd right hand drive car manufactured and was supplied new to Works Maserati / Ferrari Grand Prix driver, Cesare Perdisa.
Our Aurelia ‘Spider America’ here at Hexagon Classics has lived entirely in the temperate climate northern Italy prior to our purchasing of the car. Just before our ownership, the previous owner carried out a comprehensive refurbishment programme costing in excess of €50,000.
These very rare motorcars are only seldom offered publicly for sale; Monterey, California Auctions August 2016 a 1955 Lancia Spider Aurelia G.T. 2500 B24S – “America” by Pininfarina (1 of 181 Produced) achieved at the Gooding’s sale, US$ 2,007,500.00 (GBP 1,500,000 Approx.)
We offer for sale as owners and not a brokerage offer.
This exceptional car is available for viewing and inspection at our London Showroom.