TWO rare Lancias – an Aprilia Farina Cabriolet and Aurelia B20 GT Series IV – will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Silverstone Circuit on May 19.
“When a car combines luxury, performance, looks and charisma it’s the golden recipe. It’s difficult to look at these two very desirable examples of legendary Pininfarina design without wanting to take them home,” says Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions.
Considered as one of the finest examples of Pininfarina’s post-war cabriolets, the supremely elegant Lancia Aprilia for sale is one of just ten chassis to receive the attention of Batista Farina himself.
Built in 1946 the Aprilia was first registered on January 1, 1947, in Switzerland. By the time it reached its second owner, Jean Pierre Baumgartner, a well-known Swiss Lancia enthusiast, the Aprilia was in a sorry state having spent many years in a field, so the decision was taken to restore it, returning it to its original appearance.
The restoration was carried out over five years at the hands of a master Lancia specialist and included a bare metal respray and full interior refurbishment. The Aprilia was finished in gleaming white with a wine-red leather interior and a bespoke hood in dark blue mohair.
The Lancia was later sold to a Swiss man and is now for sale from its fourth owner, who has transported the car to the UK to be offered on the open market for the first time in its life, with an auction estimate of £220,000 to £250,000.
The second of the Lancias for sale is an Aurelia B20 GT Series IV and is one of just 573 original, UK-supplied right-hand drive models built during 1954. A revolutionary car of its time, the design combined both luxury and performance, featuring the world’s first production V6 engine.
Cared for by just five owners in its time, the Aurelia was restored in the 1990s and finished in beautiful Baby Blue (Azzuro Agnano-Celeste Aurelia) with Oatmeal upholstered interior with Tan leather piping. It is presented with superb bright work, new overcarpets and a Nardi wood steering wheel.
After recent expenditure of over £7,000 with marque specialist Omnicron, the Aurelia is on the button, ready to enjoy and will be offered with an estimate of £100,000 to £120,000.
“Both of these wonderful classics are rarely available on the UK market making this an unmissable opportunity for collectors. When first built, cars of this calibre were only accessible to wealthy privateers, and today they have a whole new level of appeal,” said Nick.