In terms of firepower, this was no Ferrari chaser, with 90bhp from the 2.0-litre double overhead cam V6 – a typically advanced unit from Lancia, just like the car’s rear-mounted transaxle and independent suspension all round.
Today, the car is testament not just to Pinin Farina’s art but also to the restorer’s work, having been subject to a 10-year, no-expense-spared rebuild. What couldn’t be restored and rebuilt was re-fabricated or made anew, parts not exactly being easy to come by. The original engine had had it so was replaced by a rebuilt unit from another Aurelia – the block, in fact, was originally in one of the PF200 coupes.
The restored car made its grand entrance in 2013 and immediately was put to work. While it may not perhaps have been driving its owner to the office every day it was winning cups with, among other successes, class wins at St John’s, Amelia Island and, more recently, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and at the Boca Raton concours in Florida.
Now it is back at Amelia Island in Florida for a special RM Sotheby’s sale on March 10th. The Lancia PF200 is one of 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith to cross the auction block as a prelude to RM’s main sale between the 10th and 11th of March (which in itself is hardly lacking star cars, including the probable $$$ headliner, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB).