Lancia Aurelia resto-mod boosted to 225kW

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Resto-mod of Lancia Aurelia sees the classic produce 225kW of power.

A car restoration company has revealed the ‘ultimate evolution’ of its Lancia Aurelia resto-mod series – a specification which will apply to the final three cars.

Cirencester-based Thornley Kelham’s Aurelia ‘Outlaw’ will see out its production run in ‘European CSL’ specification, featuring a lightweight body, a bespoke interior and a more powerful engine.

The Outlaw is driven by a modified 3.2-litre V6 Busso engine producing over 225kW, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Previous versions of the Outlaw produced around 164kW, which was already roughly double the output of the standard-specification Aurelia.

European CSL models will also receive a modern-specification disc brake set-up, pinion steering, pedal box, suspension and limited-slip differential. The front suspension has also been revised, and power steering is an optional extra.

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The car is distinguished from the standard model by its lowered roofline and period rally-inspired design cues, while its lighter aluminium body gives a total weight of 1100kg – a weight saving of 75kg.

Thornley Kelham has also added further design modifications, including a deguttered roof, curved bonnet locks, a Monza-style filler cap and nickel-plated brightwork.


Inside the car, the model is finished with a mix of leather and Alcantara, with a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a roll cage for bolstered safety. The firm says several personalisation options can be selected including two-tone finishes and customised dashboards.

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“The Aurelia ‘Outlaw’ project has now reached its ultimate evolution, with just three remaining cars to be built, each with a new set of meticulously developed upgrades,” said Simon Thornley, Thornley Kelham, co-founder, who says further commissions are on the way in bespoke ‘European’ specifications.

“This doesn’t mark the end of our bespoke commissions. In fact, the European CSL is the first of a new line-up of projects we have developed to launch in the coming years that will be badged as ‘The Europeans,’” added Thornley. “As with the Aurelia commissions, these will be built around iconic performance cars, developed with fresh designs, upgraded performance and a meticulous eye for detail.”

Just nine Aurelia Outlaw examples will be built by the company, with the first six complete or in progress. The final three cars will be built in the European CSL spec.

Jack Warrick

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