Exactly how much determined early post-war individualists paid for a car such as this is hard to confirm, but a third to a half as much over and above the 2.3 million lire list price of a factory Aurelia saloon is a reasonable guess.
Even at those figures, Lancia had no trouble selling its factory-bodied Aurelia Berlinas.
There are hints of Riley Pathfinder in the Allemano-styled Lancia, especially at the rear
In fact, thanks mainly to ageing tooling and inefficient production methods, it had trouble making enough.
Thus, in a certain sense, the availability of specialist coachwork took the pressure off the firm’s limited ability to produce the standard bodywork.
The 1.7-litre B50 was the first of the chassis-only cars, mostly supplied to Pinin Farina for its officially catalogued five-seater cabriolet – a grand motor car, but not a fast one on 55bhp.
The 1991cc V6 engine struggles at times, but is mostly gutsy enough
The 1952 B52 chassis addressed this to a certain extent with a 2-litre engine giving 69bhp; with wider tyres and a higher-ratio differential it was coded B53, a variant that accounted for just 86 of the 774 right-hand-drive autotelaio Aurelias supplied to coachbuilders through to 1956.
Some were show cars (such as Pinin Farina’s jet-age-inspired PF200s), others were produced in small batches of 10-20 examples, all differing slightly in their minor details.
Keen to align themselves with what many Italians considered to be its motor industry’s finest product, a wide variety of coachbuilders opted for the Aurelia as a basis, although the visual results were mixed.
Neither Ghia nor Frua, for instance, excelled themselves on the Aurelia chassis and not even Pinin Farina got it right every time, often vacillating between the bland and the overblown.
The Lancia Aurelia B53 Allemano’s discreet Michelotti shape has aged well
The Allemano Aurelia’s understated profile is somewhat at odds with its loud and cheerful two-tone colour scheme.
It seems to originally have been painted a monotone hue, as shown at Turin according to period black-and-white images.