1951 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider

Like so many thoroughbred Italian cars built in the last 60 or so years, the 1951 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider was styled by Pininfarina. This glamorous little car had a wrap-around windshield, corner bumpers and cut-away doors. Its gorgeous design appealed greatly to the American market, where many B24’s ended up, although its demands for a more substantial, less leaky roof and wind-up windows eventually led to this Lancia‘s demise in 1956. Mechanically speaking, the B24 Spider was very advanced, with a DeDion rear suspension and oversized drum brakes; in fact, it was more advanced than contemporary Ferraris, where were crude machines in comparison.

1951 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider
1951 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider

In terms of engines, the Aurelia B24 Spider was certainly no slouch; it was equipped with a 2.45-liter V6, which produced 120 horsepower, which drove the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. It was enough for a 112 miles per hour top speed, and a 12 second 0-60 which in 1951 was quite spectacular.

Thanks to its rigid monocoque construction and independent suspension, it also had impeccable road manners; the 1951 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider was truly an exceptional car.

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