Johan Dillen
Johan Dillen
1/12/21 8:29 a.m.

This Lancia looks like it comes rolling straight out of a Guy Ritchie movie. The handsome, street-style-smart Italian was conceived in the workshop of British classic car specialist Thornley Kelham. And while it seems impossible to make a Lancia Aurelia B20GT any cooler than it already is, that is precisely what they did by building a fuorilegge version–that’s Outlaw to the rest of us.

The Outlaw concept has always been a provocation for purists. It was pretty much conceived to be exactly that. The Outlaw was born out of a quest for more speed, no matter what. Sometimes, though, the first element that gets sacrificed during the transition is the sense of taste. Do a bit of Googling and you’ll see that not every 911 looks better after the treatment. 

The trick, of course, is to thread the needle–to capture Marlon Brando from “The Wild One,” not Vito Corleone simply wearing a bomber jacket. There’s tension to be kept. It’s a fine line. 

And when applying the Outlaw treatment to something really special, like a Lancia Aurelia B20 GT, the margins get even tighter. This one, however, was transformed by a crew that knows the model well: restoration house Thornley Kelham Ltd.

First, though, the color. No, it’s not black, as the shop’s Wayne Kelham quickly notes: “It is aubergine. We even went to a store and bought one to get the color right.”

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Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) UberDork
1/15/21 10:53 p.m.

Absolutely wonderful. Just perfect. From the fact that their starting place was an unwanted beater, to the fact that they stayed with a 2.5 V6 - just a better one. They nailed that balance between inspired and over-the-top.

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