Since first offering its wares to the automotive public, Lancia has excelled at engineering some of the most technically advanced cars in nearly every decade. It is the post-war cars, however, that present some of the most advanced ideas and designs of the time. This is certainly the case in our subject car, the Lancia B20 GT Aurelia, arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, post-war Lancia ever built—truly a Gran Tourismo car in every respect.
The Aurelia design hosted a number of special features including a hemispherical-head, aluminum V6 engine with multiple carburetor options, including a special Nardi intake manifold. The rear-mounted transaxle and inboard rear brakes offered excellent weight distribution and vastly improved handling. With the all-new unibody construction, independent rear suspension was used to take advantage of recently developed Michelin radial tires. The compact V6 engine combined with the dynamic chassis, suspension and power resulted in a truly modern car. The Lancia B20 was an innovation in GT cars, literally inventing the term with this car as the embodiment.
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