When it came time for Lancia to replace its flagship Aurelia, Lancia's top of the line model that many argue defined the Gran Turismo automobile, the task was daunting, to say the least. Debuted to the world in 1957, the new Flaminia was previewed in two prototypes made by Pinin Farina.
The Flaminia was available with coachwork by Pinin Farina, Carrozzeria Touring and Zagato, of which the latter's two-seater Coupe is probably the most highly sought after variant. They were exquisitely designed, expensive and exclusive, and featured the firm's trademark "double bubble" roofline and pop out door handles. All Flaminias were custom built and as a result they all varied in details.
Zagato's Flaminia was built in multiple series. First came the Lancia Flaminia 2500 Sport, built in a number of 205 between 1959 and 1961. The first 99 examples were streamlined with faired-in headlamps, and from 1960 onwards vertical lights were introduced. Between 1962 and 1963, the Lancia Flaminia 2500 3C (three carburetors) Sport was built in a number of 174. The next year the Flaminia 3C Sport became available with a 2,8 Litre engine. The first of this series was an upgraded 2,5L Sport. Only 33 2,8L examples were built before Zagato moved onwards with the Super Sport version. The 2,8L Super Sport was built in a number of 187 between 1964 and 1967. This model featured a fastback rear end with a cut off tail and the recessed headlamps returned, some of which covered by plexiglass.
Zagato also made a few lightweight specials, based on the normal Sport, but equipped with 154 hp engines. At least one was built on a lightweight tubular chassis.
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