Lancia Flaminia Convertible 1961
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Chassis no. 824.04 1325
* One of 421 2.5-litre single-carburettor Convertibles
* Believed delivered new in Italy
* Professionally restored circa 2014
* Outstanding condition
* Registered in Italy
The coupé and convertible versions of the Lancia Flaminia was made in relatively small numbers and surviving examples in good condition are, therefore, quite rare. Lancia's Pininfarina-styled Flaminia saloon had debuted at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. Designed by newly recruited Antonio Fessia and intended as a replacement for the Aurelia, the Flaminia retained its predecessor's mechanical layout, though the form of unitary construction was changed and Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension, which had been used on every model since 1922, gave way to a more modern double wishbone and coil spring arrangement. Aurelia carryovers were the overhead-valve, 60-degree V6 engine and De Dion rear transaxle (with inboard brakes), although the former had been extensively reworked by Fessia, resulting in a much stronger power unit than that designed by his legendary predecessor, Vittorio Jano.
The short-wheelbase Flaminia Coupé appeared in 1958, followed by the Touring-styled GT and GTL (2+2) coupés and the Convertible. The latter trio shared a further-shortened (to 99") wheelbase with the Sport and Super Sport models, and all featured disc brakes and increased power. The 2,458cc V6 produced 119bhp when installed in the more sporting Flaminias, with 140bhp available in the '3C' models from 1961, which was further increased when the 2,775cc version arrived in 1963. Parts availability for these classic Lancias is excellent, with the UK's Omicron Engineering holding plentiful stocks. There are also marque specialists in Italy, Holland, and the USA, as well as an enthusiastic owners' club.
These cars cost as much as an Aston Martin DB4 when new and were - arguably - much better engineered; all the more amazing that they are so undervalued today, especially when one considers that only 847 Flaminia convertibles were produced in total, and only 421 in 2.5-litre single-carburettor form as here.
Beautifully presented in dark red with contrasting tan leather interior, this very rare 1st Series Flaminia Convertible is believed to have been delivered new to Palermo in Sicily, and the numberplate still carries the 'PA' suffix for that city. The accompanying libretto was issued in 1977 when the Lancia was registered to a certain Mr Olimpio Paderni. According to the libretto, he kept the car until 2013, and the following year it was sold via intermediary dealers to the present owner.
The Flaminia was then restored to the beautiful condition it is in today, the works being carried out by restoration experts Autosport Service of Pistoia, Tuscany, who specialise in high quality Italian sports cars. Invoices for the mechanical work on the engine amount to some €19,000. At the same time, the interior was re-trimmed by Autotappezzeria Classica by Olmi (also of Pistoia), whose invoice for a further €4,300 is on file. La Dolce Vita does not get much better than driving around Italy in this stylish Flaminia Touring Convertible.
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