Lancia pinin farina b50 cabriolet with period modifications by saoutchik of paris.
- the world's first series production v6 engine, designed by francesco de virgilio & vittorio jano.
- fabulous pinin farina coachwork with unique period modifications by saoutchik of paris.
- concours standard restoration.
- pebble beach prize winner.
- low mileage and known history from new.
designed by the great vittorio jano, the lancia aurelia was worthy of the imagination and standards of vincenzo lancia. The first to body the b50 chassis was pinin farina, who arguably created the most attractive design to grace the platform, an elegant 2+2 convertible. Of the nearly 500 b50 chassis made, 265 were this model. The pinin farina cabriolet was the most in-demand among the coach built aurelias. Such was its appeal that the pinin farina cabriolet was offered as an official catalogued model of the factory, through all factory lancia dealers. With the production of coach-built alfa romeos in decline, the aurelia was italy’s prestige car of choice. Their fine detail, fit and finish marked them as the equal of any luxury model of the post-war period.
built in the first year of production, this car is believed to have been the geneva motor show car of 1951 and was sold to a mrs nancy payne-jennings from england. She sadly passed away within a year of purchasing the car and in august 1952 the aurelia was sold to an american, mr jenkins of virginia, who immediately undertook an extensive tour of the uk and europe (photographs on file).
during the tour he commissioned the world famous parisian carrosserie, saoutchik, to work on the car, including various features such as the chroming to the rear flanks, auxilliary marchal front lights, perforated silencer covers and extensive chromework to the interior, hood frames, door shuts etc. Indeed, this chromework is a well-known "signature" of saoutchik's work of the period.
mr jenkins retained the car for over 40 years, keeping company with his 300sl, until his death in 1995, when it was inherited by his son, todd jenkins.
in 1997 it was sold to mr rick fitzgerald, a los angles based professional car restorer who began a meticulous restoration for his own personal use, lasting until 2005. the car was an excellent candidate for the extensive restoration as it had covered what is believed to be barely 34,000km and needed no welding work.
complimented by its black mohair hood and grey leather, the grigio conchiglia (shell grey) livery of this aurelia b50 cabriolet is subtle, elegant and perfectly suited to its clean and classic design. Finished just prior to the 2005 pebble beach concours d’elegance, it was invited to enter a class for cars of the pinin farina design house and coachbuilder. The car won a third-place prize against formidable competition. Unfortunately, mr fitzgerald subsequently found himself getting divorced and sadly had to sell the car. In 2009 the b50 was shown at the quail, a motorsports gathering in carmel valley, california.
the aurelia is complete with original tools, drivers handbook and sales brochure and substantial history file. There is also a bespoke tailored cloth indoor cover.
the car has been featured in classic & sportscar (august 2017) and auto italia (december 2018).
the aurelia is acknowledged to be one of the greatest post-war cars ever built, with advanced engineering and design well ahead of its time.
with its original low mileage and comprehensive restoration and still now showing only 45,000 kms (28,000 miles), this saoutchik modified lancia is a unique and excellent example of a rare and important piece of the great marque’s history and would be a welcome entrant to grace concours events worldwide.
note: The registration rl33 is not original to the car and has been put on retention (but is available by separate negotiation). it is now registered 557 xuy.
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