Vintage restoration experts Thornley Kelham has recently completed the restoration of one of the most famous Lancias ever made, a competition Aurelia B20GT with one heck of a competition heritage. The car was thought to have been lost forever, until it was uncovered in a storage facility in Southend by company co-founder Simon Thornley. It was originally bought new in 1951 by Giovanni Bracco, who was a wealthy privateer and associate of Gianni Lancia himself.
Within three months of its initial purchase, it placed second overall at the Mille Miglia, it won the Caracalla Night Race and also took a class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It also won the Pescara six Hour Race in the same year.
It was later tweaked to have its trademark lowered roofline to aid aerodynamics and its first race in this new configuration was the 1951 Carrera Panamericana. After a strong start, the car crashed out the fourth day of the race.
It returned a year later…