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.

Companies such as Thornley Kelham, which has created the ultimate Lancia Aurelia as depicted in the latest Carfection film.

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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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