At the 1955 Brussels Motorshow Lancia launched this, the Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider. It was as it name suggests based on the Aurelia, but it had a shortened chassis and a completely revised bodywork. This Pinin Farina designed bodywork is still considered as one of the prettiest ever built and boasted Pinin Farina's reputation, from the sixties onwards he would be responsible for the design of almost all production Ferraris. The doorlines of the Spider returned again in later Pininfarina convertible designs like the Ferrari 250 GT California.
The Spider however does not only impress by its looks but also by its driving qualities. At the heart of the Spider is the 2.4 litre V6 engine also found in the other B24 Aurelia models. This was not the first production V6 for Lancia as they had pioneered the technology in their 1924 Lambda, which was powered by the first ever V6 engine, displacing 2649 cc.
Due to its limited production run it is not a very well known car, but both in looks and ride quality it's a match for all the legendary roadster produced in the 50s like the MGAs, Jaguar XKs and the Healeys. It was replaced by the Convertible version in 1956 with had a revised bodywork including a single piece front bumper, doorhandles and a flatter front window. The B24 Spyder is a rare sight these days, it was more expensive in its day than the competition and it still is by quite a bit.
The correct engine for a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider
The engine should, obviously, NOT be a Ford V8 but a Lancia V6, the first V6 in the industry, by the way.I had one of these cars which I still consider the most beautiful and elegant post-war two seater cabrio EVER. I had the factory hardtop which made it even better looking.
Not well known but NICE
"The first time I've ever seen one of these LAncias was when European Car restored one and did a article series on it. Since then I've seen one in person and they are very elegant and unique cars. Not necesarily ""my cup of tea"" but still very nice. This would make a nice alternative to a 60s MG or Triumph..."