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Lot 165: Lancia Aurelia B52 Rosa d'Oro

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

Lancia followed pre-war tradition by supplying a limited number of rolling chassis to renowned coachbuilders such as Ghia and Vignale, but it was mainly Pinin Farina that clothed the majority of the bare B52 chassis. One of these was built in the manner of the car that won the Golden Rose at the elite Concours d'Elegance in Geneva in 1952. That car still exists, together with at least one of its sisters. Nobody knows exactly how many Rosa d'Oros were built (some sources say two additional examples, some say five or six) but the evidence suggests that just two remain. After a thorough restoration this car passed into the hands of Belgian classic car dealer Bernard Marreyt, who sold it to the present vendor in 2011. The B52 Rosa d'Oro with its robust dimensions, combines impeccable style with something of an American flavour. It can't have been an easy task for Pinin Farina to build an elegant coupe on this huge platform. The transatlantic lines suddenly become flowing, its muscles appear to tense and the cellulite in its figure falls away. The two-litre V6 produces 70bhp which has to cope with more than 1300kg of steel and aristocratic fittings. It's a GT, it looks like a GT and it feels like one, too. If you want to meander languidly through the Italian/English countryside with Sophia Lauren's tresses waving next to you in the breeze, there's little to beat the B52. The dashboard with its two-colour design and round dials is breathtaking. The car drives tightly through corners thanks to its suspension, and it moves with the grandeur and comfort befitting a conveyance that is meant for royalty. One of the car's curiosities is that behind the generous front bench seat there are only folding seats. Finished in cream with a black roof and tan hide interior, this lovely original example in good condition is truly a must for the collector/investor - a rare and beautiful Italian model by Pinin Farina which can still be enjoyed on the road today.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number165
Estimate£70000-£80000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
Condition rating0
Registration number262 YUG
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Chassis numberB521022
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