Paris

5-6 February 2014

Previous Next

Lot 9

1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible by Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no. B24S-1333

Sold for €308.000


118 bhp, 2,451 cc overhead-camshaft V-6 engine with dual twin-choke Weber 40 DCL5 carburettors, four-speed manual transaxle, independent sliding-pillar front suspension, de Dion rear axle with leaf springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,451 mm

  • One of only 521 built; fiercely desirable
  • Restored by marque specialists in correct colours
  • Formerly displayed at the Fiat Museum


Lancia’s development of the Aurelia GT, itself a derivative of the B10 Aurelia Saloon that débuted in 1950, continued at the Brussels Motor Show of January 1955. The official début was of an arresting wraparound-windscreen spider, designated the B24. The competition successes of the Aurelia GT in the early-1950s had encouraged Lancia to offer increasingly sporting body styles for customers, and renowned U.S. importer Max Hoffman pitched numerous European manufacturers on embracing the potential of the American marketplace for dual-purpose open-top sports cars. Accordingly, between December 1954 and October 1955, Pinin Farina bodied 240 examples of the dynamic B24 Spider on the fourth-series Aurelia GT chassis, with the latter 181 of them being classified as B24S.



In July 1956, Lancia began offering a revised version of the B24S that was built on the fifth-series Aurelia GT platform, which featured modified camshafts, non-detachable cylinder liners, a new clutch, and direct drive top gear. The new car also featured revised bodywork, a true convertible top and roll-up windows for proper weather sealing, and redesigned seats for improved overall driver comfort. It was officially dubbed the Aurelia GT 2500 America Convertible, and only 150 examples of the new B24S were produced before a final revision was enacted in 1957 on the sixth-series Aurelia GT chassis. Following this final iteration, the model line was discontinued entirely, at which point just 521 examples of the B24S Convertible had been produced.



The Convertible offered here was built 9 May 1957 and then shipped to the United States. In 1986, following ownership by California enthusiasts, it was sold by future American Lancia Club President Steve Peterson to a collector in Germany. Later in the 1990s, it was treated to a five-year comprehensive restoration, which was performed by the marque specialists of B&R Touring Garage in Troisdorf, Germany, during which the body was refinished in its original colour of Grigio. After completion of the work, this car was selected to represent the model in the 100 Years of Lancia celebration at the Fiat Museum.



In its current ownership, the car has been fitted with correct original wheels, and it has continued to be maintained in excellent overall condition. It is a charming example of one of Lancia’s most sporting and exciting offerings.






Moteur V6, 2 451 cm3, 118 ch, ACT, deux carburateurs double-corps Weber 40 DCL5, boîte manuelle quatre rapports transaxle, suspension avant indépendante coulissante, essieu arrière De Dion sur ressorts à lames et amortisseurs, freins hydrauliques à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 451 mm.



  • Seulement 521 exemplaires produits ; extrêmement désirable
  • Restaurée dans les teintes correctes par un spécialiste de la marque
  • A été choisie pour être exposée au Musée Fiat




Pour Lancia, le développement de l'Aurelia GT, elle-même issue de la berline Aurelia B10 présentée en 1950, s'est poursuivi au Salon de Bruxelles de janvier 1955. La première version officielle était un spider doté d'un étonnant pare-brise enveloppant, dénommé B24. En effet, les succès en compétition de l'Aurelia GT au début des années 1950 avaient incité Lancia à proposer des carrosseries de plus en plus sportives à ses clients. De plus, Max Hoffman, le bouillant importateur aux États-Unis, encourageait de nombreux constructeurs européens à prendre en compte le potentiel du marché américain pour les voitures de sport décapotables. Par conséquent, entre décembre 1954 et octobre 1955, Pinin Farina réalisa 240 exemplaires du spider B24 sur la base du châssis Aurelia GT quatrième série, les 181 dernières voitures étant classifiées B24 S.



A partir de juillet 1956, Lancia proposa une version modifiée de la B24 S basée sur la plateforme Aurelia GT cinquième série, qui présentait des arbres à cames modifiés, des chemises non détachables, un nouvel embrayage et un dernier rapport de boîte en prise directe. La nouvelle voiture recevait aussi une carrosserie modifiée comportant une vraie capote et des vitres remontantes pour assurer une bonne étanchéité, ainsi que des sièges redessinés pour améliorer le confort général du conducteur. Dénommée officiellement Aurelia GT 2500 America Convertible, cette nouvelle B24 S était produite à 150 exemplaires avant une dernière version présentée en 1957, sur la base de la plateforme sixième série. La gamme Aurelia disparaissait ensuite du catalogue : à ce stade, un total de 521 exemplaires de B24 S Convertible avaient vu le jour.



La Lancia Convertible proposée ici a été fabriquée le 9 mai 1957, et acheminée aux États-Unis. Après être passée entre les mains de passionnés californiens, elle a été vendue en 1986 par le futur président de l'American Lancia Club, Steve Peterson, à un collectionneur basé en Allemagne. Plus tard, dans les années 1990, elle a bénéficié d'une restauration complète étalée sur cinq ans, réalisée par les spécialistes de la marque B&R Touring Garage, à Troisdorf, en Allemagne. La carrosserie fut alors repeinte dans sa teinte d'origine, Grigio. A la fin des travaux, cette voiture fut sélectionnée pour représenter le modèle à l'occasion de la célébration des 100 ans de Lancia, au musée Fiat.



Entre les mains de son propriétaire actuel, la voiture a reçu des jantes d'origine correctes, et son excellent état a été préservé. Il s'agit d'un exemplaire séduisant d'une des Lancia les plus sportives et les plus excitantes.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more