In 2015, there was a rather special Aurelia display at the Padova fair in September. This event is a favorite, as it brings together a lot of old car folks especially interested in Italian cars. While the show is all under the banner of commerce, there are a number of display stands, from manufacturers, suppliers, and car clubs.
The Registro Aurelia, Italy's main place for Aurelia fans to connect, put on a heck of show in 2015. Its not clear what inspired them, but it was quite the delight, as one can tell from these photos from James Steerman. They put up a large display register with the B24 Spiders, showing original color by serial number, and dots for which were still extant. Of course, there is always the odd one missed....
A recent discussion of radios in a B12 on the Lancia Club site brought to mid the restoration of the radio for the 1952 B20. It was a vintage Autovox, model RA15L, a rather heavyweight from the time. Its restoration was interesting: first, three vintage radio restorers in the US wouldn't touch it. Finally found a vintage radio buff in Trieste willing to take it on! Not so easy these old parts!
He had to hunt hard, but found a power diagram somewhere, and a power source on Ebay, then proceeded to rebuild in detail. He wrote up his work: https://www.depoi.net/en/2017/restoration-autovox-car-radio-lancia-aurelia-b20
John Cundy wonders if someone at Lancia had a sense of humor:
"Had it occurred to you that all B10 based Aurelias have 10 hole wheels and B12 have 12......and on the s.3 the exhaust manifold to exhaust pipe flange has three bolts and s.4 has four?"
The story and photos of the restoration of s.2 B20 sn. 1739 has been added . Some may be familiar with the car, acquired in 2005, restored through 2008, fettled for a few years (redoing the engine, trans, front suspension, etc.), to finally reach a reliable older Aurelia. See: B20 Restoration
Added a small brochure on the Blue Ray to the Nardi page. Includes a shot of the Bisiluro as well. Inventive folks!
Visitors to this site have expressed some interest in the page on build quality and Aurelias. A small confession then - having spent a lot of time looking over Aurelia parts and drawings, I've a lot of affection for the engineering, design and fabrication of the cars. There's nothing like seeing a well thought-out drawing, with those parts in your hand and knowing it all works well.
Too often, cars from smaller production groups are considered built-ups, not to top standards. The Aurelia, and all Lancias from the beginning, were not like smaller artisanal products, and were built to higher standards. And that is part of their charm - you don't get a firewall pressing without commitment.
Yet some aspects of the Aurelia enterprise were not up to those standards. Anyone who has worked on door locks, window winding mechanisms, or even wipers, will curse 1950s production standards, and wonder what were they thinking? Apart from the usual cry that "Lancia just subbed those to outside vendors", the reality is that not absolutely everything on the Aurelia was under factory control. Some of these bits were, lets say, challenging?
Window winding mechanisms are interesting - there were some 4 or 5 different types used in B20s. The problem was how to control a window without guides - and they (like many others) struggled to get this right, ultimately ending up in the s.6 with vent wind and (no surprise) a smaller window with a vertical guide. The issue existed in the Flaminia coupes, and for other manufacturers too - ever wonder why Lotus had fixed window frames in later Elans? The complex window cranking mechanism, from an outside supplier, had an internal spring in the winder to stop the window from going freely up and down, and gave soft limits at top and bottom.
And lets not forget the charming state of Italian electrics - any Ducati from the 1960s-70s has switches that sometimes think about working, with Lancia (and say Laverda?) in another class altogether. Lancia's electrics represent good efforts to get the best from Carello or Bosch, although sometimes Lancia took to solve the problem themselves. Not sure who made the turn signal switch on a Flaminia Supersport with its two electro-magnetic relays, four teeny little springs and some assorted catches with ball bearings and retainers - its a work of art all on its own. Even if it was made by a subcontractor, someone had to nudge them along.
Not everything was magic. Some things, we might say, were in progress.
Welcome to this new site on the Lancia Aurelia.
Previously, there was a site called LanciaInfo.com, started around 2006 while restoring an Aurelia B20. The site had a lot of Lancia information, and was a personal telling of an Aurelia restoration. Since then, Apple gave up supporting that web software making updates impossible. Also, the knowledge gained since then (and a book on Aurelias) has led to this new site, more of a central place for Aurelia information. Please enjoy and use and share information.
There is still a blog at: blog.lanciainfo.com. Please feel free to visit, as there remains a lot of info there. How will both work? Not sure yet.