Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C Coupé 1962
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Chassis no. 824.13.3388
* One of fewer than 400 Sport Zagatos made
* Desirable triple-carburettor model
* Professionally restored in Italy in the early 1990s
* Recently serviced by Thornley Kelham
* Registered in the UK
This striking Zagato-bodied Lancia Flaminia Super Sport features the Milanese styling house's renowned 'double bubble' 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.
One of the oldest and most respected of automotive design firms, Zagato was quick to exploit the popularity of the new GT racing category after WW2, supplying factory teams and catering for the privateer scene with roadable cars that could be driven competitively on the racetrack come the weekend. The creator of some of the most memorable designs of this, arguably Zagato's most productive period, was Ercole Spada. Favouring soft fluent, aerodynamic lines, Spada introduced the sawn-off tail on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato and was also responsible for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and 2600 SZs. His creations on Lancia chassis included the Zagato Sport/Super Sport variants of the Flavia, Fulvia and Flaminia.
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, V6 engine, and the De Dion rear transaxle with inboard brakes. 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 in 1962, by which time the sportier Flaminias were capable of around 200km/h (130mph).
Zagato made a number of styling changes over the years, though determining the configuration and specification of individual cars is extremely difficult. Faired-in headlamps under Plexiglas cowls featured on the first 99 cars, which were followed by a further 100 single-carburettor models with open vertical headlamps. Introduced in 1961, the 3C variant featured triple Weber 35DCN carburettors in place of the single Solex, which raised maximum power to 140bhp. The 2.8-litre engine was fitted to last 70 cars, 37 of which were converted subsequently to the ultimate Super Sport specification.
This example of the last word in old-style Lancia design is one of fewer than 400 Zagato Sports made. Discovered in Switzerland in the 1980s, the Flaminia underwent a complete restoration between 1990 and 1993, which was carried out in Italy by renowned Lancia experts, KCA. The restoration consumed some 1,750 man-hours of work and cost the equivalent of approximately €180,000.
For the next 20-or-so years, the Flaminia was kept in an air-conditioned garage and driven once every week. In June 2015, the car was offered for sale at an auction in Europe, where it was acquired by the current vendor, a UK-based enthusiast. Prior to the sale (in 2014) it had received an inspection and service, with the replacement of the brake servo and adjustment of the triple carburettors, for a total sum of circa € 9,000.
More recently, Thornley Kelham has replaced the exhaust system, the brake master cylinder, and brake reservoir, and fitted five new Michelin tyres and tubes. They also carried out a full service, sorted out the ignition timing and some electrical faults, and put the car through its MoT test to ensure that it is in working order.
Painted in its original Lancia Blue, with red Connolly leather interior, this beautiful Flaminia Sport comes with a UK V5C Registration Certificate and Lancia factory documentation recording its original specification, confirmed by a Lancia Club certificate. Of equal interest is a letter from Dottore Elio Zagato, written in 1993, confirming that Carrozzeria Zagato offered a service to retrofit the faired-in headlamps to later cars after they had left the factory. This explains why this extremely rare example has such a desirable - possibly unique - specification, combining the earlier streamlined front end with the more powerful 3C engine.
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