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Saturday, January 8, 2022

You may never know before this beautiful and rare Italian car creation

~Bellissima~ When you see the unique shaped classic car below, might be one those of you will wonder what car is this? Well, this is the Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 Spider, such an Italian beautiful classic car that deserves the title of 'Bellissima'. This beauty car was made by the Italian coachbuilder company Pinin Farina back in 1952 based on one of the Lancia car models of 1950s.
The Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 (in pictured the spider model) is designed and built by Pinin Farina back in the 1952 based of the Lancia B52 sporty coupe. (Picture from: Maxim)
As we all know, Lancia, a less known brand of the Italian automotive company was founded by Vincenzo Lancia back in 1906, actually the company has produced many incredible road and race cars.
In the front, a large oval grille opening, ringed with a wide chromed bezel, resembled the yawning air intake of fighter jet plus tiny bumperettes and a discrete hood scoop were additional complementary features. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Since the beginning, the Italian automaker has offered many models that are technically advanced, with pioneering features or even could be said also the Lancias is a sporty and high-performance cars, with the perfect chassis dimensions to attract custom coachwork.
The Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 (in pictured the coupe model) is one of a stunning series of just three open cars and three (possibly four) coupes made by Pinin Farina. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
In the 1950s, after the Pinin Farina's successful efforts in dressing the Casitalia 202, so many wealthy automotive enthusiasts were interested and requested the carrozzeria's design works on other marques. And coincidentally Lancia also launched the Aurelia sporty coupe model in 1951.
Pinin Farina succeeded in realizing the figure of a beautiful imaginative Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 (in pictured the spider model) concept car and presented the creation at the Turin Auto Show 1952. (Picture from: FriStartMuseum)
Although the original Aurelia design was rather plain, this Lancia car has a sophisticated unit body and has quite interesting specifications such as being powered by a two-liter twin-cam V6 engine, dual-carburetors, independent front and rear suspensions, and race-inspired inboard drum brakes. It was the perfect sportscar platform, and it just had to made an attractive body design.
The Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 (in pictured the spider model) is said to be inspired by the excitement of the world's aviation and space especially jet and rocket technology happened in that time. (Picture from: FriStartMuseum)
And Pinin Farina succeeded in realizing the figure of a beautiful imaginative concept car based on the Lancia Aurelia B52 chassis and presented the creation at the Turin Auto Show 1952. And when it was first exhibited at the event, many orders for the car came to the Italian coachbuilder. This beautiful car is said to be inspired by the excitement of the world's aviation and space especially jet and rocket technology happened in that time.
The Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 (in pictured the coupe model) is powered by a 2.0-liter V6 engine capable of producing between 75 and 90 bhp, and is equipped with hemispherical heads and a single Solex carburetor. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Of the only fifty-two Lancia B52 units ever produced, and all of them carried bespoke or limited-production coachwork. The Lancia PF200, one of a stunning series of just three open cars and three (possibly four) coupes made by Pinin Farina. In the front, a large oval grille opening, ringed with a wide chromed bezel, resembled the yawning air intake of fighter jet (such North American Aviation F-84 Sabre) plus tiny bumperettes and a discrete hood scoop were additional complementary features.
The almost similar to the Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 is the Turbot Rhino (Turbotraction) 1 roadster while on display at the Exposition Le Monde de Franquin 2007 held in Brussels. (Picture from: Deviantart)
Or those car's rounded grill might be remind You to the Turbot Rhino 1 of the famous comic strips of 'Spirou et Fantasio' from 1947 to 1969 by the famous Belgian cartoonist, André Franquin.

Although with all the simplicity and purity of the lines were always to be the Pinin Farina hallmarks, the fighter jet-inspired coachbuilder work on the spider was not taken to the production versions of Lancia Aurelia.
And when the Aurelia production version becomes one of most sought after and the very desirable car by the collector today, and the special PF200 has become one of the star on the sky by its blinking price tag of seven digits (when one of the PF200 Spider models sold at the price of $1,100,000 at the RM auction event in Monterey, CA back in 2014). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MAXIM | FRISTARTMUSEUM ]
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