1951 - Lancia Launches The Aurelia B20GT
Lancia’s ground-breaking B20GT was launched in 1951 and was full of engineering innovation, later to be dubbed the world’s first Gran Turismo. Over the following 7 years, Lancia produced 6 series, the first two being two litre cars and subsequent versions 2.5 litres. Within weeks of launch, the car showed its prowess on the toughest competitive events such as Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Carrera Panamericana. A total of just over 3800 examples were produced.
We spent 3 years restoring the most famous Lancia Aurelia of all, Giovanni Bracco’s Mille Miglia / Le Mans Series 1, chassis B20-1010, to its authentic original specification. The car was meticulously researched and painstakingly restored by our dedicated Thornley Kelham team to its original specification as it appeared at the start of the 1951 Carrera Panamericana, and appeared at Pebble Beach in 2014. Along the way we learnt a huge amount about Lancia’s innovation and development programme which included lowering the roofline of the Bracco car in June 1951.
When we were approached to develop an ‘Outlaw’ Aurelia, bringing together all our Lancia experience with a new set of ideas to create a unique interpretation of one of the world’s great cars, we jumped at the chance. This car became the inspiration and the Godfather of the Outlaw project, incorporating the innovative features adopted by the ex-Bracco Aurelia, and applied to the 21st century Outlaw.
A combination of the owner’s vision, energy and passion, and Thornley Kelham’s experience, creativity, attention to detail and dedicated and highly skilled team resulted in a dream car.
By the way, ‘Fuorilegge’ is Italian for Outlaw.