Lancia Flaminia zadebiutowała na Turin Motor Show w 1956 roku. To następca modelu Aurelia, po którym odziedziczyła znacznie wzmocnioną tu jednostkę V6. Tradycyjne, niezależne zawieszenie przednie Lancii stosowane w każdym modelu marki od 1922 roku, ustąpiło miejsca nowocześniejszemu układowi z podwójnymi wahaczami oraz sprężynami śrubowymi. Jej wersje ze skróconym rozstawem osi – coupe i cabrio – oferowane były od 1958 roku i powstawały w znikomych ilościach. Dziś są niezwykle rzadkie i pożądane na kolekcjonerskim rynku. To dzieło inżynierii kosztowało niegdyś tyle, co nowy Aston Martin DB4. Okaz wystawiony na aukcji przez 23 lata pozostawał w jednych rękach, posiada pewną historię oraz udokumentowany zdjęciami proces renowacji. To jedna z zaledwie 847 wyprodukowanych sztuk z nadwoziem cabrio od Carrozzeria Touring. Nadwozie w ciemnym kolorze Lancia Blue prezentuje się zniewalająco, a środek został pięknie odtworzony. W zestawie jest również unikatowy hardtop. Flamina wyceniona została na 115 – 125 tysięcy funtów, czyli około 550 – 600 tysięcy złotych.
1961 LANCIA FLAMINIA 2.5-LITRE CONVERTIBLE WITH HARDTOP
Coachwork by Carrozzeria
£115,000 – 125,000
PLN 550,000 – 600,000
THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED SALE
Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia
30 Jun 2017, 14:00 BST
1961 Lancia Flaminia 2.5-Litre Convertible with Hardtop
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 824.04-1355
*One of 421 2.5-litre single-carburettor Convertibles
*Offered fresh from a ten-year major restoration
*Circa 2,000 kilometres since completion
*NOVA declared and MoT’d
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.
This Flaminia’s first owner liked the car enough to keep it for 23 years. Subsequently its history is unclear until 2006 when the Lancia was bought by its previous owner and subjected to a major restoration, which took around ten years to complete. The results are stunning, and there are over 100 photographs showing the original condition of the car and the extent and quality of the restoration process. Naturally, this included a bare-metal re-spray, and the dark Lancia Blue colour suits the Flaminia well. A new dark blue soft-top was fitted and the cabin has been re-upholstered in light tan leather, perfectly complementing the dark paintwork. There is also a (very rare) matching hardtop, the interior of which will require some tidying. The brightwork is in good condition and is believed to be original; it may even be that the odometer total of 18,500 kilometres is correct, although there is insufficient documentation to substantiate this. The car has certainly only covered some 2,000 kilometres since the restoration was completed.
This matching-numbers Flaminia was imported from France last year and is not yet UK registered, although this should be a formality as it has a valid NOVA document and is MoT’d until November 2017.