Lancia Flaminia GT Cabriolet Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring 1960
Chassis no. 82 404 1176
•The ultimate-specification Flaminia fitted with a 3 carburettor 2.8-litre engine
•Purchased in un-restored condition in 1982
•Garage stored for 23 years
•Completely restored between 2005 and 2018
•Registered in France
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 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.
Originally a 2.5-litre model, this Flaminia Cabriolet was purchased in un-restored condition in 1982 and then stored in a garage until 2005. It was then completely restored over the course of the next 13 years, the rebuild being completed in 2018. Fitted in 1972, replacing the original 2.5-litre unit, the 2.8-litre triple-carburettor engine was fully overhauled during the restoration (in 2015). Other works carried out include fitting a new clutch; stripping and rust-treating the chassis; a full re-spray (in 2015); a complete interior re-trim (2016/2017); and fitting a new soft top (March 2019).
The vendor has detailed invoices covering the entire restoration process, those relating to the engine block alone totalling €8,100. Supervision of the engine re-assembly and re-commissioning was undertaken by the renowned engineer, Gilbert Tissier, a specialist in Italian collectors' cars.
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. Finished in Night Blue with fawn leather interior, this beautiful Flaminia cabriolet is offered with a valid French Carte Grise and the aforementioned restoration bills.
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