One-Off Lancia Aurelia Show Car Hits the Auction Block

Back in 1953, Lancia built the Aurelia coupe as a one-off display car for the Turin Motor Show. And now, that car is on its way to auction at the upcoming Amelia Island event by RM Auctions. Attached to an already rare B53 chassis of which less than 90 examples were built, this particular Lancia has been extensively restored. It's powered by a 80 hp, 1,991 cc OHV V6 engine and mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

It also has a sliding pillar front suspension, independent rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. According to a company statement, the car's "mechanical underpinnings trace their lineage to the excellent Gianni Lancia and Vittorio Jana-designed Aureila, which remains notable as Lancia's first all-new postwar automobile design." It was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built by Carrozzeria Allemano, which also fabricated bodies for Aston Martin, Ferrari, Fiat, and Maserati.

In fact, the hood and doors are made from aluminum, which was considered an exotic metal in the 50s. It's being offered with the original Italian registration plates and is estimated to be worth between $125,000 to $150,000.

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