The Lancia Aurelia B24 – commissioned by the Turin-based company to Centro Stile Pininfarina, who dedicated to the project a team of designers including Aldo Brovarone – was one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Three series were manufactured between 1955 and 1958 – B24S Spider, B24S Convertibile America, and B24S Convertibile – and made an impression all over the world. What we are showcasing here is a 1955 B24S Spider, one of the 181 such cars made between 1954 and 1955.
An Aurelia B24S Convertibile America co-starred with Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignan in Dino Risi’s 1962 masterpiece, “Il sorpasso” (also known as “The Easy Life”). In one scene, the mettlesome and daring Bruno (Gassman) “spurs” the wonderful mechanical steed by yelling “Vai, cavallina!” (“Giddy-up little horse!”).
Trintignan had already crossed paths with this wonderful automobile a few years earlier, while on set with another iconic beauty – this time in flesh and bones: Brigitte Bardot, in the leading role of Roger Vadim’s “And God Created Woman” (1956).
True beauty is impossible to forget.