"An unlikely crime," is how Carfection's Henry Catchpole describes this overwhelmingly prominent Italian coup. In fact, you don't see too many Lancia Aurelias lowered and crooked in the "outlaw" style. This car is unique and seems to have several layers of coolness.
In fact, some Aurelia are pretty cool. This car had the world's first production V6, not to mention an appearance in O.G. Tintin comics after all.
But the one presented in Carfection's video here, built by the Thornley Kelham store, has an exceptionally interesting mix of racing car industry and pure classical elegance.
The store has some valuable perspective on how to lower the ceiling after restoring Giovanni Bracco's races that were hacked in a similar style … although my favorite feature may be the bonus window wiper mounted over the front glass.
"We painted the car black when we painted it red," says Simon Thornley with laughter, "then we painted it black again to mimic what had happened to the car in the period."
Now there is some hardcore nostalgia.
When it comes to car video, it's just a little more modernized, but it's not really a color either – while it looks black and most of the pictures in that video, it's actually more of an eggplant (or eggplant, as the British say) and it is spectacular.
Thornley Kelham has to be on a kick to show this car to English car dealerships, because CAR just posted a recipe of it too, with some driving views and nice pictures. Spoiler alert: "That's good." It will also cost you about half a million dollars if you want one finished.