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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

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Concours-ready 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT for sale on From the seller’s description:

This particular matching numbers example is the highly desired Series IV model. The Series IV is perhaps the best of the B-20’s six series as it combines an excellent power to weight ratio (the lightest of all six series cars) with the increased grip of a De Dion rear suspension.

Among B20 cars, this example represents likely one of the finest on the market today. Current owner, well-known Pebble Beach Chairman Emeritus Jules Heumann has shaped the world’s most important concours event for four decades. His curatorial excellence and attention to detail, combined with impeccable taste is second to none. This is his third personal B20, and the resultant documentation and restoration represent his high standards. Originally delivered to Italian aristocrat Count de Boyle, friend of Enzo Ferrari and Concessionaire in South Africa where the car spent the majority of its life, the car received a comprehensive and detailed restoration in 2014. Mr. Heumann purchased the car and refined to an exceptional mechanical and visual standard under his personal direction.

Overall condition can best be described as a high quality restoration with excellent body and paint, featuring beautiful chrome and trim finishes as might be expected on a car of this level. What began as a complete and excellent restoration was further refined with attention to reliability and refinement. The elegant powder blue paint is factory correct and presents the Pinin Farina coach work favorably in any setting. The restoration included all systems, however many details have been further improved including new grille emblems and side badges, servicing all instruments, rebuilding the front suspension oiling system, rebuilding the brake fluid reservoir, installing a new exhaust system, correcting engine gaskets for water manifold, improving hand choke cable for smoother operation, installing new seat belts, and a host of several additional interior details to bring the car to the visual and operational standard one might expect from a car of this lineage. Additional items installed on the car include a Nardi steering wheel, correct Nardi floor shift, and (though not currently installed on the car but part of the sale) two Nardi intake manifords (1 set), one dual carb block manifold (to go on top of the intake manifolds), the special Nardi aluminum water manifold from the radiator, assorted Nardi fuel lines and a second carburetor, properly paired with the current carburetor should the new owner wish to fit the dual intake. The casting intake plenum is not included.

The engine in the car has been comprehensively rebuilt and properly tested. It has been recently refined with additional improvements noted above. The car has been completely rewired, has a new electric fuel pump, 5 new Michelin tires, new floor and trunk insulation, and completely new upholstery including doors and headliner. The resulting combination of elegance and refinement are what make this Lancia B20 stand out.

Of particular note is the beautifully detailed interior. The dashboard and instrumentation are exceptionally well finished featuring correct instruments and switches, proper finishing plates, and correct interior materials. The seats are tightly covered with no notable wear. Door panel and side coverings are nicely finished with proper fasteners and trim per original specifications. Headliner is nicely fit with no sagging and all interior rubber and edging is nicely finished with excellent door sills and finishing plates adorning your entry.

The engine compartment is wonderfully restored using correct factory finishes, proper wiring, hosing, and correct factory aluminum ID plates. The single carburetor and round intake are fitted to the engine and provide ample power. The undercarriage has been maintained to a high standard with no significant marks or road damage. All finishes and fittings are correct or enhanced (as needed) from the original equipment, with appropriate concessions for safety and reliability.

Included in the sale are several spare parts, original parts book, factory service manual, and a reprint of the factory handbook. Spares included in the sale: 6 hubcaps and mounting clips, 2 Spare foglight lenses, 2 headlights, Spare generator, Headlight bezel, Original horns, 2 Series IV rear center light (clear), 2 Parking light lenses, Nardi intake manifolds, Nardi dual carburetor manifold, Nardi water manifold, 2 fuel lines for Nardi intake, Spare air filter, Cast aluminum fan blade (6 blade type), 2 Gearbox shift forks, 2 heater hoses, Spare set of radiator shutters, Spare heater shroud, Spare generator, Spare water pump kit, Fusebox ID plate, Spare distributor with points, Several sets of points, Aluminum hood lock plate, 2 new pedal pads, Spare radiator cap, Spare wiper motor, Spare set of wiper gears, Misc hydraulic fittings and lines, Spare seat track, Set of aluminum moldings, Misc rubber mounts and machined shoulder bolts, 2 Oil filters

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Emeryville, California
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