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The Most Desirable Road-Going Lancia Sports Car
One of Only 181 Left-Hand-Drive Spider Americas Built
Ownership History records since new
Desirably equipped with Fontana Hardtop and side glass windows
Complete ground up restoration performed by Carrozzeria Dino Cognolato in Italy
Offered with Tools, Owner’s Manual, softop, and restoration documentation
The Lancia Aurelia stands out to be one of the significant automobiles of the 1950s. Designed by Vittorio Jano, the Aurelia caused a sensation when it was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1950. The transmission was placed in the rear just in front of the axle, resulting in an almost perfect weight distribution. The V6 aluminum engine had two distinctive banks opened out to form a 60-degree angle, for a better intake of cold air. The result was a car with superb performance and handling qualities, well ahead of its competitors. The Spider America is considered to be the most exciting and beautiful ‘50s spiders ever.
This B24S Spider America is a very special example that possesses an unbroken chain of ownership, the most desirable options, and an outstanding concours-quality restoration. Based on our research, the history of B24S 0037 can be traced back to June 8th 1955, when it was sold to its first owner. Throughout the years, the Lancia was registered at the Automobile Club D’Italia. The records show the owners history and different transactions during the first 3 decades of the car. In 1985, Umberto Genovesse Fraccaro purchased the Aurelia and brought it to his home in Castelfranco, Italy. During his ownership, Mr. Fraccaro obtain the certificate of homologation from the Historian Italian Motorclub. Over the next 30 years, Mr. Fraccaro owned the car and enjoyed it along the Italian coast.
In 2018, Lukas Huni AG acquired the Lancia and brought it to Carrozzeria Dino Cognolato in Vigonza, Italy. At this facility, the Lancia began a full restoration. They disassembled the spider to the last nut and bolt. All of the panels were removed, and the drivetrain components were sent to B+F touring garage. The engine was rebuilt and upgraded for better torque, but maintaining its originality, the gearbox was overhauled and resulted in very reliable and fun drivetrain.
The Lancia received many upgrades that improved the rideability and drivability while keeping the iconic timeless design. These upgrades were in the form of structural upgrades to re enforced the floor structure to accommodate taller passengers. The original seats were lowered, but reupholstered to original spec. After 3 years of restoration, the Lancia was completed along with the Fontana Hardtop that was built to original specification. This timeless piece of design was ready for his new owner. In July of 2021, the Lancia arrived to the U.S. where it was stored in a temperature-controlled facility.
Upon arriving at Canepa, vehicles are treated to the "Canepa Difference" This includes a complete mechanical inspection. Everything is serviced as needed, and road tested by Bruce Canepa. It is finished off with a concours show quality detail. The undersides and wheel wells are hand cleaned, ensuring that each surface was spotless. The trunk, interior and engine bay are also cleaned, ensuring that the Aurelia B24S presented as though it had just rolled onto the showroom floor. With the remaining step being the exterior, the finish is polished and waxed to "as new" finish.
A well-documented and impeccably restored Spider America, this is an ultimate candidate for leading automotive events – from the finest international concours d’elegance to exclusive rallies, such as the Mille Miglia Storica and the Colorado Grand.
It is little wonder that Lancia enthusiasts and knowledgeable collectors have always held the Spider Americas in such high regard. After all, these limited-production Aurelias combine a brilliant Pinin Farina design with a beautifully engineered, competition-proven chassis to create a near-perfect 1950s sports car. As a result, these rare Lancias are found only in the best collections and seldom appear for public sale.