Unfulfilled dream: 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20

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Update, September 23: As the reader Shel says, this car (chassis B20-2254) should be one of the six semi – official Lancia’s, painted in blue/ivory, which joined the Mille Miglia in 1953. If so, the original italian plate of this car was TO143916 with the engine #2503. Such engine was the experimental 2500 cc. version, brought to the MM to have some hard testing. Wow.

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Another photo from a race near Posillipo, circa 1955:

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September 16

This car is the proof that dreams won’t realize by themselves: you must work hard on them to make them come true.

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Indeed the seller says that this car belongs to his 97 yo father who bought this car (which actually should be a 2nd or 3rd series)  in 1962 with the intentions to restore it: he disassembled the car and then let it laid in his garage so far. That’s a common mistake with classic cars: never, never put your hands on them unless you have a b-plan to finish the job.

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However, the car is now reduced to a skeleton which is not a problem by itself: the real problem is where are all the remainig parts of the car and, moreover, what is their condition after 50 years in the wet Oregon. I suppose that the brave buyer will need to spend at least a whole day with the seller’s son to make a proper checklist. Find it for sale at $15,000 (o.b.o.) here in Eugene, OR.

13 thoughts on “Unfulfilled dream: 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20

  1. It turns out this is a very special car, one of three build by the factory to race the mille miglia!
    Now flipped at more than 20X profit……..
    Special cars are still out there!!

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  2. i am the buyer of the car i purchased a car in Eugene Oregon my name is Miller Steve
    I found the car on craigslist it was a Sunday morning the son-in-law list of the car for his father-in-law who bought the car in 1957 out of the motor trend magazine in Italy I sold a car to a local collector here in Portland Oregon that is restoring the car I won’t disclose the price but in the deal was a trip to Italy when the car is done if you go to my Facebook page you see the car on my trailer
    1900-1991 classics and exotics never wanted to sell the car but I didn’t have the means to Restore it I hope one day in two years from now I will unite with the car On my Facebook account is a lot of information of me and the cars that I find if you need to get a hold of me my numbers on my Facebook page

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