This Lancia B20GT restomod honours the past
Inspired by Giovanni Bracco's modified racer that won its class at Le Mans, this restomod Lancia is a beautiful beast
To the classic car purest the notion of a restomod is sacrilegious as it often results in an original being adapted, thus destroying its authenticity. Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of bad restomods out there, but there are a handful of companies that really do the original design justice.
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Before pitchforks are raised or torches lit for this little British company, note that the nine donor cars for this project were too far gone to be restored in a manner anything close to original. Instead Thornley Kelham has given these Lanicas a renewed purpose that actually stems from Aurelia history.
When new the Lancia Aurelia was a real trailblazer with the industry’s first production V6 engine, inboard brakes, and 50:50 weight distribution. The Italian marque was innovating long before the advent of Group B rallying and the Aurelia B20GT was at the forefront. When a customer tasked Thornley Kelham with finding and restoring a competition car, they managed to source arguably the most famed. Giovanni Bracco drove his to second place in the 1951 Mille Miglia and claimed a class win at the Le Mans the very same year. The car had been modified with historical images backing up the provenance.
Fast forward to today and Thornley Kelham’s Aurelia project creates modified examples in the same vein, but using modern engineering and premium materials. Sat next to an original series four, this Outlaw restomod’s heritage and respect for it is clear. The car sits lower, it’s wider, the arches are flared, but it has the roof chopped like Bracco’s car and takes many styling notes from said historical vehicle too. This finished product appears beautifully crafted, the work of true artisans who have a healthy respect for the original car. It takes between 4000 - 5000 hours to create this reborn Lancia.
On the open road the car sounds glorious and still demands the driver puts in the effort required of the original — no servo assistance for braking. It’s well worth checking out the Carfection video to see this amazing restomod driven in anger.
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One family owned from new a beautifully preserved and cared for example. Has survived in remarkably original condition. A real gem worthy of any serious and discerning collection. Stripped properly repaired (minor) and recellulosed about 8years ago. Looks absolutely correct. Rubber mats as new. This car has led a very charmed life, and it shows.
SIXTH SERIES. LHD. CAR TOTALLY RESTORED BY LANCIA SPECIALIST IN 2008. CERTIFIED ASI. FIVA. ELIGIBLE 1000MIGLIA. CAR TOTALLY ORIGINAL. AMAZING CONDITION. CAR JUST BEEN SERVICED. CAR IS IN OUR GARAGE. Price: € 189.000 Edoardo Bonanomi AUTOMOBILE TRICOLORE mobile +39.3398556884 office +39.0309952225
The Aurelia, Lancia`s Masterpiece; LeMans winner in the early fifties with Lurani and Bracco at the wheel! The car we offer today is the ex Lancia Motors England B20 -3857 still retaining original plate 5 LME and a car that has a great and interesting history. Used on numerous occasions for road tests (see Autocar Road test 1659 Nov 1957) Eligibile for many historic events and a true useable cla