The 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder was hailed by many as the first "true" GT. The Aurelia coupe was a two-door fastback based on the chassis and drivetrain of the Aurelia sedan.

1955 Lancia Aurelia coupe, part of the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe & Spyder line of collectible cars
1955 Lancia Aurelia coupe.  See more pictures of sports cars.

Styling by Pinin Farina was distinguished by a proud, distinctively shaped Lancia grille and a smooth, sloping roofline. Like all contemporary Lancias, the coupe had a sliding-pillar front suspension, and shared its V-6 engine and rear-mounted gearbox with the sedan.

Two engine sizes were offered through six marginally different "series" in the model's life: 1991cc (1951-1953) and 2451cc (1953-1958). Available beginning in 1954 was a pretty Farina-styled open roadster (Spyder) on a shorter wheelbase.

The first Z40 built had a trendy wraparound windshield and no door windows. After that a conventional windshield and roll-up glass appeared. A major chassis change occurred in 1954, when the semi-trailing-link independent rear suspension was exchanged for a de Dion layout on coupes. Spyders used the de Dion arrangement exclusively.

Pluses of the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder:

  • Significant modern Lancia
  • Milestone status
  • Agile handling
  • Styling (especially Spyder)
  • Engineering
  • Performance

Minuses of the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder:

  • Rust-prone
  • Parts now hard to obtain
  • Not numerous any more

Production of the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder:

  • Cpe: 3,871
  • Spyder: 761

Specifications of the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder:
Wheelbase, inches:
104.7/96.5 (cpe/Spyder)
Length, inches:
172.0/165.4 (cpe/Spyder)
Weight, pounds:
2,630/2,500 (cpe/Spyder)
Price, new:
Approximately $5,500 U.S. for 1956 Spyder; $5,800 for 1958 GT coupe

Engines for the 1951-1958 Lancia Aurelia Coupe and Spyder:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv V-6 1,991 cc (121 cid)
75/801951-1953
ohv V-62,451 cc (150 cid)
118/1221953-1958

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