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January 17, 2019

This Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Hot Rod Is Awsome

by Mike –

Why don’t more owners of classic Italian cars restore them like some American car owners do using hot rod or resto-mod styles?

They would not be original but they can be oh so cool, and be better drivers, and even look better as our car here today demonstrates.

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

The Lancia Aurelia is a milestone car – the first with a V6 in a production car. It also had a successful racing history.

The 2-litre Aurelia, driven by Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli, finished second behind the Ferrari America in the 1951 Mille Miglia.

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

The same year it took first in class and 12th overall at LeMans. Modified Aurelias took the first three places at 1952’s Targa Florio with Felice Bonetto as the winner and another win on Lièges-Rome-Lièges of 1953.

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Outlaw

I photographed this Lancia at the Carmel Concours-on-the-Avenue in August 2016.

The owner wrote,

The Aurelia introduced in 1951 embodied world-class engineering excellence and “giant killer” ability. Thornley Kelham of South Cerney, Gloucestershire, UK said that “they love working on Lancias” and so when approached to build a unique B20 GT inspired by the Bracco car, they immediately agreed. Starting with a derelict 6th Series B20 they chopped the roof and widened the fenders giving the car an aggressive look that matched the “resto-mod” approach to the engine bay, and interior in a matching mid-brown. Under the hood went a 2.8-liter V6 – quoted at 170 hp – sourced from the later Flaminia. Giant killer in black!

Owner – William E. “Chip” Connor of Reno, Nevada

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Let us know what you think in the Comments.


Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

This Lancia Aurelia Hot Rod Is Awsome
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This Lancia Aurelia Hot Rod Is Awsome
Why not hot rod an Italian classic car like this Lancia Aurelia B20 GT?


  1. Byron LaMotte says:

    Looks way COOL! Congratulations.

  2. Gorgeous!!!

  3. Mike Clarke says:

    I saw this car three different times over the Monterey weekend and it does catch your eye at first, but then your brain kicks in and you can see from the lines that the italian’s wouldn’t build something like this. IMO the chop top just renders it into the ho hum hot rod world. There’s a reason companies paid Italian designers big money for designs.

  4. Siata 200CS roofline on this car really makes a difference to the look of it. Hot rod or not – beautiful car.

  5. The car is a great concept. Doing this to a “classic” will send purists into cardiac arrest but if the car is derelict anyways you have a great platform and a blank slate to work with so why not.
    Some people may not like the style taken by the builder but lots of Italian designers also performed some pretty blah designs in the day that are just begging for some alterations from a shop.
    I saw a Jaguar at a show that was modified like this before and even though it was received with mixed reviews it was saved from the scrap yard as it was not worth restoring to original.
    This could easily become a new trend even if it is on the fringe now. I hope to see more of these in the future.

  6. Raymond Zinn says:

    Period, a beautiful car with classic lines. Who’da thought that they would create something like this. Any of the US customizers of the ’50s would say, good job.

  7. ben duijvestijn says:

    you can do it also with 60ties italian cars

  8. Admit I’m usually not much of an outlaw/custom guy but loving this.
    What’s really special is how they customised mainly by using period-style mods.
    -Pirelli diamond rubber mats and quilted transmission tunnel as found in ’50s competition Ferarris.
    -period Marchal fog/driving lamps but here fared into the nose
    -Black paint over Cognac leather very 1950’s
    -’50s Porsche Speedster bucket seats
    etc. etc.
    Even the chopped roofline was sometimes done by Lancia on some of their factory competition cars back in the day.
    End effect is even though it is custom, it still has the feeling of an original car.
    Design so harmonious didn’t even notice the rollcage! ‘Fess up if you didn’t either! 😉

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