Lancia Flaminia Sport Coupé Zagato 1963
Coachwork by Zagato
Chassis no. 824.13.3797
Engine no. 823.10.14047
This striking Zagato-bodied Lancia Flaminia Sport 2.5-litre 3C Coupé features the Milanese styling house's renowned 'double bubble' aluminium body form in which low overall lines and a rounded streamlined shape are achieved by the simple but ingenious device of convex head-clearance roof bulges above each front seat.
Introduced at the 1956 Turin Motor Show, the Flaminia retained its Aurelia predecessor's mechanical layout, though Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension gave way to a more modern double wishbone arrangement. Aurelia carry-overs were the 60-degree, 2,458cc, overhead-valve, all-aluminium V6 engine and aluminium De Dion rear transaxle with inboard brakes, giving these cars light steering and good road manners.
The Zagato-bodied Sport and Super Sport models shared a shortened wheelbase with the Touring-styled GT/GTL coupes and the Convertible, and all featured disc brakes and increased power. A 2,775cc engine was introduced for 1963, by which time the sportier Flaminias were capable of around 210km/h (130mph), while a high-performance (140bhp) triple-carburettor '3C' induction set-up was available as an option and is fitted to this car. A limited-slip differential was standard equipment and the Flaminia (Super) Sport was one of the first cars to benefit from servo-assisted disc brakes all round. Lancia's top-of-the-range Gran Turismo, it came very well equipped and was priced at the same level as a Maserati or Aston Martin.
This example of the last word in old-school Lancia design is one of only 174 Flaminia Sport 2.5-litre 3Cs made. Lancias of this period were neglected classics for a long time, so it is now a very rare car. Chassis number '3797' seems to have been delivered new to the Netherlands and was originally finished in Bianco Saratoga (white) with black interior. Between 1980 and 1997, the Flaminia had two owners in Austria, and from then onwards one careful owner in Germany.
We are advised by the vendor that the car is very sound overall, being partly restored and in good running condition. Indeed, it seems to have been used sparingly and well maintained over the years. In 1998, the body was completely stripped, the sills remade, and the car repainted (photographs available). The brightwork is in very good condition, as is the original black leather interior, which is both charming and nicely patinated. The carpets are partly original, partly remade. The front screen has a few scratches and the driver's window edge is broken, while the original headlining is in need of a little repair. Modern safety belts have been fitted discretely.
It is reported that the engine was rebuilt in Italy in 1993 (compression on all six cylinders is still 10 bar) while the gearbox was overhauled in 2003. The exhaust system is stainless steel and the tyres are new Pirelli Cinturatos. A set of five special Technomagnesio alloy wheels is included in the sale. Reportedly a pleasure to drive, this fast and sporty Flaminia is offered with German registration papers, old Dutch registration papers (1978), old Austrian registration documents (1980), sales invoices (1982 and 1998), sundry maintenance invoices, and FIAT Classic Certificato di Origine confirming that the engine and gearbox are original to this car.
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