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1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

Engine No. B241210
WINTER HARVEST - Bonhams
Thursday, 16 January 2020
$810,000
Sale Price
16 January 2020
Sold Date
28
Lot Number
#2-
Older Restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. B24S1156; Engine No. B241210. Verde Ascot Metallic over Biscuit leather with a black cloth top. 2451-cc, 130-hp V-6. 4-speed manual. Dual two-barrel Weber carburetors, Nardi intake, wood-rim steering wheel, chrome Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, under-dash temperature gauge, and Carello headlights.

EVALUATION : Older restoration. | Represented as the original engine and bodywork. Scratched windshield, decent but not exceptional chrome. Flat panels and even gaps. Good upholstery and soft interior trim inside. Restored well in the late ’80s in Italy, but driven since, including on many long-distance tours and the Mille Miglia Storica. Mechanically overhauled in the U.S. in the last decade and repainted in 2018, when the chrome was replated. Since run in the Colorado Grand and twice in the Copperstate 1000 without issue.

BOTTOM LINE : Sold by Bonhams at Monaco in 2005 for €236,000 ($297,905 at the time) then by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2010 in rather tired (3+) condition. In 2018, after its recent repaint, RM Sotheby’s tried and failed to find it a new home at the Monterey auctions, where it hammered at $875,000. The Spider America is a typical Lancia: idiosyncratic, innovative, and forward-thinking. It is lightweight and balanced. The Pinin Farina coachwork is … well … Lancia-appropriate with its large, shield-shaped grille, mustache bumpers, wraparound windshield, and haunched rear fenders. Even the placement of the Pinin Farina badge—behind the doors—is idiosyncratic. This car has proven its mettle on many long-distance events, and although its value is consistent over several auction appearances, it could have ventured into seven figures without raising eyebrows. This result, agreed to in a post-block sale, represents a sound value.

by Hagerty Insider
19 January 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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