MODEL YEAR 1952
Lancia Aurelia B52 Rosa D'Oro
1st Reg. date: 1952
Color: Beige with Black Roof
Interior: Tan Leather
In 1952, perhaps a little late, Lancia fitted the Aurelia chassis to be supplied to coachbuilders with the most powerful 2-liter engine already adopted on the B21 sedan. The new chassis, thus equipped, are called B52 and B53: the B52 replaces the B50 and is the normal chassis, while the B53 replaces the B51 and is the one destined for bulkier and heavier bodies. These chassis with two-liter engine - whose production does not even reach 200 units - are used, like their predecessors, by the most renowned Italian coachbuilders and also by some foreign coachbuilders (such as the Swiss Beutler and Worblaufen). On the B52 chassis, Pininfarina builds, among others, almost all the famous PF200s.
Apart from the 4-seater cabriolet, Pininfarina also made a varied collection of coachwork on the Aurelia chassis. There were streamlined sportscars models, open 2-seaters, coupes and special berlinas. A famous Pininfarina coupe on early Aurelia platforms is the Rosa d'Oro ("golden rose") model, this design was created in 1951 and displayed in 1952 at the Geneva Concours d'Elegance. It earned much appreciation for the way Pininfarina managed to conceal the long wheelbase of the Aurelia B50 platform and presented a sporty and well-proportioned 2-door coupe on this base. Subsequently it was awarded first prize at the concourse, the Golden Rose, which rendered the car its name. After the concourse, the show car appeared on a number of events across Europe to attract publicity. Halfway 1952 the car was sold and two more were made to customer order on B52 chassis, only two of these cars are known to have survived to this day.
Presented in beige coachwork with tan leather interior, this matching numbers Pininfarina bodied 2 litre Coupe, B52 Rosa d'Oro, is in excellent all round condition and comes with a huge file which includes photographic restoration details. The restoration was carried out in the UK circa 2009.
This is a very special and rare matching numbers car. It is offered with valid Dutch plates and registration.
Winner of the 1st place at the IV Cascais Concours d'Elegance for Post-War Sports cars category.
Can be viewed by appointment in Cascais - Portugal