This 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spyder America may be old, but it is far from primitive. Lancia built some of the most mechanically advanced cars after the war and we love them. After looking a little closer at this rare beauty, we think you will agree. Offered as a project out of Portland, this Spyder is listed here on eBay with bidding starting at $50k.
The Spyder was built to capitalize off the success of the Aurelia B20. The B20 did well at many events in Europe including the Mille Miglia and Monte Carlo rally, so Lancia decided it might be a good idea to build an open top model which would appeal to new customers in, you guessed it, America!
There were two series of B24s built. The early roadsters featured a unique wrap-around windshield and split bumpers. The later cars gained a convertible top, more conventional windshield, and one piece bumpers. Luckily, this is one of the last roadsters built, so it still has that great curved windshield and stunning good looks.
We mentioned that these cars were very advanced in their time. Well, here is one of their innovations. A 2.5 liter V6 that put out 118 silky smooth horses. This particular one suffered a broken piston back in the seventies, but has since been repaired. The seller does not give many details, but it looks ready to drop back in.
The transmission may just be a four speed, but its mounting location was far from conventional. Mounted out back to create a transaxle, it provided independent rear suspension and a better weight distribution. Note the inboard drum brakes and unibody construction. Upfront the wheels are attached to a sliding pillar suspension and the whole combination provided for great handling.
This car has been in the same family for over 40 years, but a death has caused the restoration to be stalled. We doubt they are going to let it go cheap and it is not going to be cheap to restore, but these are very sought after today. Production was limited and they are eligible for many events. A restored example went for $550k a few years back in Monterey, so it will be interesting to see what this one goes for…