Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider

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Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider (1954–1955)
Rear view spider

The Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider was a two-seater roadster from the Lancia company on the Aurelia platform , which was presented at the 1954 Motor Show in Brussels .

The suggestion for building the vehicle came from the US importer Maximilian ("Maxi") Hoffman , who saw market opportunities for an attractive, open, European two-seater. The car is therefore often called America . The body came from Pininfarina . Many experts consider this design to be the best it has ever produced. The main features of the design can be found over the next few years in his other open two-seater, which he created for Ferrari, for example.

The V6 engine (108 hp) and the transmission on the rear axle ( transaxle ) were adopted from the technically advanced Aurelia sedan for the Spider . In line with contemporary tastes, the roadster was given a panoramic window that gave the appearance a similarity to the Italian Riva motor boats. The hood was rather cumbersome to assemble and not weatherproof. The doors were fitted with clip-on windows and opened with a cable. The sales success was only moderate in view of the high price. In the first year only 240 pieces were produced. Today the car is a rare rarity with corresponding prices.

Aurelia B24 Convertibile

Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertibile (1955-1958)

After only one year of production, the Spider was replaced by the Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertibile .

It received a more stable folding top, front vent windows, crank windows and a conventional windshield. The rest of the exterior was also changed in several places, so the front and rear bumpers were no longer divided in the middle.

By the time it was discontinued in 1958, 521 units had been produced.

On July 26, 1956, 50 copies of the Lancia Aurelia B24 sank with the ship "Andrea Doria" after the collision with the "Stockholm". They could not be recovered until today because the wreck of the "Andrea Doria" is lying on the ground in a difficult and dangerous place for divers.

Web links

Commons : Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider and Cabriolets  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bruno von Rotz: Lancia Aurelia B24S America Spider - the oldest survivor of its kind. In: double-declutching . December 26, 2015, accessed December 31, 2017 .