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1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider
Lancia Aurelia E24 Spider
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The Lancia Aurelia is a car produced by Italian manufacturer Lancia from 1950 to the summer of 1958. It is noted for using one of the first series-production V6 engines. Several body styles were offered: 4-door saloon, 2-door GT coupé (B20), 2-door spider/convertible (B24), and a chassis to be custom bodied by external coachbuilders.
Establishing a post-war Lancia tradition, the car was named after a Roman road: the Via Aurelia, leading from Rome to Pisa.
The Aurelia was designed under the direction of engineer Vittorio Jano. Its engine, one of the first production V6 engines, a 60° design developed by Francesco de Virgilio, who was between 1943 and 1948 a Lancia engineer, and who worked under Jano. During production, capacity grew from 1.8 L to 2.5 L. Prototype engines used a bore and stroke of 68 mm x 72 mm for 1,569 cc; these were tested between 1946 and 1948. It was an all-alloy pushrod design with a single camshaft between the cylinder banks. A hemispherical combustion chamber and in-line valves were used. A single Solex or Weber carburettor completed the engine. Some uprated 1,991 cc models were fitted with twin carburettors.
At the rear was an innovative combination transaxle with the gearbox, clutch, differential, and inboard-mounted drum brakes. The front suspension was a sliding pillar design, with rear semi-trailing arms replaced by a de Dion tube in the Fourth series. The Aurelia was also the first car to be fitted with radial tires as standard equipment. Initially 165SR400 Michelin X and later on the sports models fitted with 165HR400 Pirelli Cinturato.
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider
Die-cast Metal with plastic parts
Model made by burago
This model when we got it appears to be like the 1955 Corvette convertible, however when it’s inspected, there are a lot of differences. First let's look at the paintwork. Overall the paintwork is good with no bubbles or cracks. On the body the petrol cover is just an impression that was done when it was cast. The only decals on the model are 2 small Lancia emblems, otherwise there are others. There is a small logo on the radiator. The chromework on this model consists of the bumpers, the grill, strips along the sides and around the windscreen. These are not over-chromed. The body panels fit nicely with no over-sized gaps. The boot and bonnet open and stay open. Doors open and close, however there are no door handles. One of the nice features are the wheels and the distinctive wire rims with the quick release wheel nut.
The interior of this is both good and bad. But perhaps bad would not really be what would be used to describe those areas of concern. First the door panels are not a separate part, but are simply a pressed image. This shows a very clear look at the door features. The single seats are reasonable in detail and both the backs can be moved forward. The gearshift is a disappointment in that it is oversized and looks out of place. The rest, like the dash, is poor with the impression that it is not presented well.
The engine is one of the most important areas that is of concern to collectors. A poorly designed engine on a model that even though the rest of the model is good, will lower that model's appearance. This engine in this model is in fact quite good. In some areas, it is in quality that other parts, such as the interior of the model, makes one confused as to why such a discrepancy over the model. Having such a variation in quality, makes this engine surprising in that its detail can be appreciated. When one looks at it from the top, just about most parts can be identified. When viewed underneath, this detail continues with overall, this engine is better than most. Talking about the underneath of the model, the detail of this model is as good as any more expensive models.
So overall, what is our impression of this model? It sparks a mixed emotion, in that, why has this model been made where attention to detail goes from good to bad in so many areas? Body is excellent, but is let down by the interior, and then goes full circle with a nicely and reasonable engine. One asks why parts of the model, why quality falls down so drastically in the detailing. Overall, we are disappointed in this model. We have and need more of these exotic brands in the museum's collection. We can add this into the museum's collection, by adding them into that range of types of these vehicles. However, as a collectible, we feel what we see in the box does not live up to its potential. I can only give it a 3.0/5.0. Robin Finlay. 11/08/2023.