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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1955
Numbers built:240
Introduced at:1955 Brussels Motor Show
Designed by:Pinin Farina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAt 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.

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