1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina

Lot: 256

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 1.8L 1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina manual that has been with the current owner for the last 3 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 81 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

A rare early right-hand drive example of Lancia's innovative Aurelia B10...

  • Built in late 1951 (tags on the upholstery show "13 Ott[obre] 1951")
  • Sold through Shields Motors of Melbourne (Australia) to David Hawker of South Australia.
  • Imported to the UK in 2015 and now has a UK V5C
  • The original V6 engine was swapped, in period, with another (era and number correct) V6. 
  • A very solid car that runs well with great patina and a lovely feel of originality
  • Listed as eligible for the Mille Miglia and would be a shoo-in at Goodwood Revival


Lot Details

Registration: VXS 237 RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1951 Engine size: 1.8L
Make: Lancia Odometer reading (miles):
Model: Aurelia B10 Berlina MOT expiry: 2018-07-26
Warranted: No Chassis number: B104614

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 81 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Repainted, probably, in 1967. The original mid-grey paint is visible in the engine bay and under the boot lid. Some spares, including a new body rubber set and windscreen, come with the car.


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The original grey woollen cloth upholstery was covered with tan vinyl in 1967


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


The original V6 engine was swapped out, in period, with another correct V6 unit then fitted. This engine has a corresponding number which is correct for the car and the era. Currently fitted with engine no. B10-2554, but the original engine B10-5203 comes with the car.


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Running Gear

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Vehicle History


The first owner was David Hawker, a South Australian grazier, who took delivery in March 1952. He was the father of the man of the same name who succeeded Malcolm Fraser as MP for Wannon and was Speaker of the House of Representatives in the last Liberal-NCP government. Five years later Hawker traded it in on a new B12 (the second-series Aurelia sedan). The dealer sold it on to a man in Mornington, south-east of Melbourne, from whom it was bought by Clive Beattie, who had an automotive workshop in Prahran and was a great enthusiast for the Aurelia and the B10 in particular (see his book Fifty-five Years of Dirty Hands). He ran a B10 himself and this car was his wife's. It was probably Clive who had the car repainted and retrimmed. The original grey woollen cloth upholstery was covered with tan vinyl in 1967 (according to the notation on the reverse side revealed when the seat covers were removed by John Pagan a few years ago). It would have made sense to have had the car repainted at the same time. The original mid-grey paint is visible in the engine bay and under the boot lid. Doug Hotton bought the car in 1979 after Clive Beattie's death and kept it until 2005 when he sold it to John Pagan a prominent Lancia Club member in Sydney. Our vendor bought the car from him in February 2015 and imported it into the UK.

Work done (in Australia):

• Feb 2006 master cylinder, front brakes overhauled
• Feb 2007 engine mounts renewed
• Jul 2007 propeller shaft straightened/balanced, new bushes etc; clutch rebuilt; gear change linkage re-bushed; rear dampers rebuilt
• Oct 2007 paper cartridge oil filter conversion in original housing
• Oct 2008 Mallory distributor and rev counter conversion
• Oct 2008 auxiliary electric fuel pump
• Nov 2009 replacement refurbished engine
• Aug 2011 radiator thermostats renewed/rebuilt, new clutch disc, rear brakes overhauled
• Oct 2011 transmission oil seals renewed
• Nov 2012 front end straightened, squared; front suspension rebuilt
• Apr 2013 wheels trued
• Jul 2013 new rubbers for front and rear screens
• Feb 2015 one rear wheel bearing replaced

Work done (in UK)

• Sept 2016 propeller shaft drive spiders (x2) replaced

About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history