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Lancia Flaminia Buying guide (1957-1970)

Lancia Flaminia Buying guide (1957-1970) Classic and Performance Car
Lancia Flaminia Coupe Lancia Flaminia Berlina Lancia is one of the motoring world’s oldest manufacturers. Dating back to 1906, it has been responsible for some memorable and truly iconic cars, but sadly due to mismanagement over many decades it is now a shadow of its former self, churning out characterless econo-boxes and re-badged Chryslers.

So instead of focusing on badge engineered hatchbacks, let us instead look back to Lancias’ golden years, when the name was associated with limited run sports and touring cars, with bodies from famed Italian design houses and a reputation for quality. During this era, one of the more desirable cars it produced was the Flaminia.

It replaced the successful Aurelia in 1957, making it Lancia’s flagship model. The engine was a development of the unit found in the Aurelia, which also happened to be the first V6 production engine in the world. With hemispherical combustion chambers, and on some models, triple carburettors, it was a relatively powerful unit and gave the Flaminia a good turn of speed. Well liked for their high standard of build quality and advanced suspension design, giving vice free handling traits, the Lancias of this era were not built down to a price. With tall gearing, torquey power delivery and a relaxed ride quality, the Flaminia was a true grand tourer, and it is in this role that the car excels today.

Which one to buy?

Designed by Professor Antonio Fessia, Flaminias were available in saloon body shapes as well as coach built coupe’s and convertibles from several prominent Italian coachbuilders. It was never a huge seller, with around 12,000 Flaminias sold in 13 years of production, and many cars have been lost over the years making it a rare sight. Prices vary from the relatively affordable to the truly stratospheric.

Designed by Pininfarina, a total 3943 Saloon (or in Italian ‘Berlinas’) were built. The Coupe was also a Pininfarina design and featured a shorter wheelbase as well as some minor styling changes. 5236 were built in total with production ending in 1967. The coach built coupes were quite a bit more expensive than the Berlina however despite this and a shorter production run, they were the best sellers.

The GT, GTL and convertible models were designed by Carrozzeria Touring, which were all aluminium bodied short wheelbase two door designs, and were further distinguishable from the Pininfarina models by their quad headlamps. 847 Convertibles, 1718 GTs and 300 GTLs were produced, making these far rarer and subsequently more expensive than the standard variants. GTL cars were slightly longer wheelbase 2+2 versions of the GT models and the convertibles were two seaters with an optional hard top. Sport and Super Sport two seaters were built by Zagato, and are very desirable – especially the ultra-rare flush covered early Sport models of which only 99 were built.

In total 593 Zagato bodied cars were made. Four presidential spec 335 models were built, so named because of their 3350mm wheelbases, as well as a one off Coupe Speciale.

There was a gradual change to triple carburettors and then a capacity increase to 2.8 litres over the years however your buying choice should be based on which model suits your budget and tastes and whether you want one of the rarer GT body shapes or the more attainable Berlina or Coupe.

Performance and specs

Engine 2.8-litre, 12-valve V6, triple carb
Power 140 bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 150lb ft @ 3600rpm
Top Speed 118mph+
0-60mph 10.5 seconds
Fuel consumption 18-25mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual/Semi-automatic ‘Saxomat’ gearbox

Dimensions and weight

Saloon (Berlina) body shell
Wheelbase 2870mm
Length 4877mm
Width 1753mm
Height 1473mm
Weight 1430kg

Common problems

• The newest Flaminia you can buy will be over 45 years old now so a comprehensive service and maintenance/restoration history is essential to ensure that the car you are interested in has not been neglected.

• Build quality on these cars was excellent and the attention to engineering details means that there are fewer problem areas than you may expect from an old Italian sportscar.

• Parts are not always the easiest to come by and once again, joining the relevant car clubs can make searching for that elusive component a far smoother experience. Interior parts, including the seats and dashboard can be almost impossible to replace.

• The original servo brakes may have been praised in the 60s however many owners opt to upgrade them to be more in line with contemporary requirements. If you are a stickler for originality then you can always keep the old units on the shelf just in case.

• The aluminium body panels mean that rust isn’t an issue however corrosion can be a problem and badly repaired panels may mean big bills if not factored into the asking price.

• Engines are strong and with single overhead cams and pushrod valve actuation they are not difficult to work on. Rebuilds are rarely required unless you are buying a project car.

• Propshaft vibration can be excessive on these cars and balancing of these units is best left to a professional workshop.

• Suspension systems were advanced for their day and it is vital to ensure that all bushings and springs are in good condition to maintain the ride quality.

• Rear wheel bearings require replacing every twenty years or so, and while this may seem like a long life span they can be difficult to source and very expensive. Make sure your car has some documentation showing that this has been done in the relatively recent past.

Model History

1957: Flaminia Berlina (saloon), Sport and Coupe introduced
1962: GT and GTL introduced, 2.8 Litre engine replaces 2.5 litre unit.
1964: Convertible ceases production with 847 units made
1965: GT and GTL variants cease production with 2018 built
1967: Coupe body style ends production with 5236 made
1970: Last Flaminia rolls off the production line

Clubs and websites

• www.lanciamotorclub.co.uk - UK-based owners’ club, and forum
• www.registrotouringsuperleggera.com - Website covering the history of all Touring bodied cars
• www.oldlanciaspares.com - Spares and other parts for classic Lancias

Summary and prices

Prices for these cars vary wildly, condition, history and rarity all influencing the values. A rough guide of between £ 18,000-£22,000 will get you a good condition Berlina; Coupe ownership will cost an additional £10,000 while the rarer GT and GTL variants can be upwards of £ 60,000. Convertibles and mint examples go for considerably more. There are a few outliers demanding even higher sums such as a 1959 Flaminia Sport that sold for £463,000 a few years ago.

As with the now very collectable Aurelia, the Flaminia is well on its way to top classic car status. Long in the Aurelia’s shadow, the Flaminia is starting to be appreciated for its own merits. Prices are continuing their upward trend, and if you are looking for a piece of motoring history from a well respected manufacturer then these cars are a great investment.

Words: John Tallodi
Lancia Flaminia Coupe Lancia Flaminia Berlina
Last updated: 7th Oct 2015
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  • Lancia Flaminia

    €155,000(£0) €155,000(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: This masterpiece made by Carr. Touring was built in 1963 in only 180 cars fitting the powerful 2.8 litres 3 carburetors engine. First registration and delivery in Taranto in 1968, second registration Roma in 1987. Last ownership from 1987 till 2018. It compited several time trial rallies during this years. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1963
    • Mileage: 25400 mi
    • Engine size: 2.8
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  • 1962 Lancia Flaminia GT 3C Coupe

    $132,500(£0) $132,500(£0)

    To many, a list of the greatest car manufacturers of Italy may struggle to reach past Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and perhaps Maserati. But pose that same question to a full-blooded Petrol Head, and Lancia would likely be the first word out of their mouth. Founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia, the company that bore his name went on to produce some of the most thoughtfully engineered and stylish automobiles the world has seen. Standard Lancias were generally more conservative than a comparable Alfa or Maserati, however Lancia cars are often compared with the likes of Mercedes-Benz for their level of build quality and engineering excellence. In practice, Lancia combined the best of both worlds – building automobiles that combined sophisticated engineering and brisk performance wrapped in gorgeous, unmistakably Italian bodywork. Their engineering prowess was reflected on the race track and special stage, where they have enjoyed tremendous success. From the 1960s to the 1990s, rallying was Lancia’s venue of choice where they hold a record ten World Constructor’s Championships. Aside from their quality, Lancia has always been known as a great innovator, responsible for many important firsts such as independent front suspension, the now ubiquitous V6 engine, and the first production car designed to use radial tires; the latter two debuting with the brilliant Aurelia. In 1957, the firm introduced the Aurelia’s equally outstaning replacement, the Flaminia. Offered as a four-door Berlina as well as short-wheelbase Coupe and Cabriolet, the Flaminia continued the theme of sophistication and style set by the Aurelia, with four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes mounted inboard at the rear, rear-mounted transaxle, and that gorgeous all-alloy V6 up front. Aside from the factory produced Berlina, a variety of the great Italian coachbuilders lent their hand to the Flaminia; namely Pininfarina, Carrozzeria Touring and Zagato. This 1962 Flaminia GT coupe is a highly desirable 2.5 model with optional triple Weber carburetors and gorgeous coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, distinguished by its quad headlamps and crisp, elegant lines. The white main body is contrasted with a silver-painted roof with matching silver wheels. This history of this handsome Lancia picks up in 1974 when it was purchased by Jeff Cooper from a Giuliano Verna Motors in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Period photos show him enjoying the car in Lancia club events in the late 70s. In 1989, the Flaminia was purchased by a well-known Lancia enthusiast and unofficial marque ambassador, Tom Sheehan. Mr. Sheehan held a large inventory of parts and was a trusted resource for fellow Lancia owners in the USA. He purchased the car mid-restoration, after Mr. Cooper ran out of funds to complete the project. The restoration was completed and he retained the car until his death in 1994, when the car passed through the hands of several other enthusiasts before it found its way back to the late Walt Spak, a trusted Lancia expert and longtime friend and associate of Mr. Sheehan, who remembered the car fondly. Mr. Spak’s engines have powered concours winners from Pebble Beach to Amelia Island and beyond. Spak embarked on a comprehensive and meticulous rebuild of all mechanical systems (including the engine from the crankshaft up), which he estimated at 950 man-hours and over $40,000 in parts and machine work. Following Mr. Spak’s time, it found a home in a prominent collection of Italian cars, but the dealer who sold it very quickly bought it back for his own use, as he was so very fond of this elegant Lancia. Today, this gorgeous Lancia Flaminia is presented in superlative condition as a well-restored car that has enjoyed proper care and freshening through the years. The white painted main body is subtly accented by the gray painted roof. Paint condition is very good, with straight panels and excellent gaps all around; a clear sign that this Superleggera Touring-bodied car has been well cared for during its life. Along with the high-quality paint, the exterior has recently been refreshed with several new gaskets including for the front and back glass. Brightwork, including the chrome bumpers and delicate alloy body moldings is all very well-presented. The car rides on proper Michelin X radials mounted to factory original steel wheels and dressed with large-faced Lancia hubcaps – lending the car a clean, Modern-design appearance. Opening the door reveals a recently restored interior in fine condition. The tan hides on the seats and door panels provide a subtle contrast to the white body color, adding a rich and inviting appeal. The gray paint of the roof is mirrored on the dash, which is fitted with original Jaeger dials and original switchgear. The carpeting is very tidy, and the light grey color ties in with the paint scheme quite nicely. The carpeting is protected by a set of factory-correct fluted rubber mats in light gray. Even the trunk retains the original Touring Superleggera rubber mat. We particularly love the evocative three-spoke wooden steering wheel with its charming character scars courtesy of the previous owners who have cherished their time driving this car over the years. Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Walt Spak and its expert care since his work was done,  this Lancia’s 2.5 liter V6 runs beautifully, producing a healthy 150 horsepower in this triple-carb spec. Power is sent through a sweet-shifting four-speed manual transaxle with overdrive. The engine compartment very tidy and well-detailed with proper wrinkle-finish valve covers, a correct original tri-carb air cleaner, and correct hoses, fittings and clamps. Even the FIAMM air horns are painted their signature bright red hue, just visible through the grille. Included in the sale is a comprehensive history binder that documents the extensive past restoration work, including some recent freshening work that occurred in 2015. Also included is a pouch containing rare, original Lancia-branded tools. This rare and elegant Flaminia Touring Superleggera delivers not only a wonderful driving experience, but it also offers the opportunity for enjoyment on any number of exclusive tours and events. Experienced enthusiasts and collectors know that the Flaminia GT is one of the greatest Italian grand touring cars of the era, and this exquisite example is certain to charm its next keeper just as it has in the past.

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  • 1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA PF COUPE

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    *5 Owners since new *Rare Desirable 3B Carburetor Model *Italian plates *Original Libretto *Mint condition original Italian language owner’s manual *2,458cc V-6 Engine *Single 3-Barrel Solex Carburetoer 128 BHP at 5,600 RPM *Excellent Touring Car This 1963 Lancia Flaminia 3B Coupe is a five owner car that was extensively mechanically restored to the highest standards including full engine rebuild by Tommaso Gelmini of GPS Classic in Soragna. Tommaso’s work has won many top awards at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este. The car was bought new in Reggio Calabria by a gentleman born in 1917 and lived there with him until sold on to a new owner (born 1927) in Rome in 1973. It’s believed the current Ascot Gray paintwork was undertaken by the second owner shortly after his acquiring the car which remained with him 32 years at which time it was sold on to a third older gentleman owner (born 1929) in Faenza in 2005. This fellow, then in his late 70s, commissioned the very high quality partial interior cosmetic restoration you now see (i.e. new leather and carpets) and left the rest as completely original as possible. It comes with the Roma plates now affixed as well as an as new original Italian

    • Year: 1963
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  • Lancia Flaminia 2500 Coupé 1962 Grigio Medio Metallizzato

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    The Lancia Flaminia, produced from 1957 to 1970, was Lancia’s flagship model at that time, replacing the well known Aurelia. Throughout its lifetime it was available as a saloon, coupé and cabriolet. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian houses. Besides those models, the Flaminia also saw several other versions. Including a Sport version by Zagato and Four “Presidenziale” stretched limousines, commissioned by then President Giovanni Gronchi, for the 1960 visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Italy. The Flaminia’s chassis was a development of the Aurelia’s, but was significantly upgraded. The front suspension was changed to a more conventional configuration with double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension retained the De Dion setup, with a transaxle mounted at the rear as in the Aurelia. The first Berlina was available with drum brake or discs, all other models used discs only. The original two bodies of the Flaminia were developed by Pininfarina and modelled after his two Aurelia-based motor show specials, named Florida. The Florida I, presented at the 1956 Turin Motor

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  • 1963 Lancia Flaminia 2.5 3B Coupe

    $33,500(£0) $33,500(£0)

    Please give us a call at 310-827-8665 for more information on this Lancia Flaminia. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

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  • Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupé '60

    €29,950(£0) €29,950(£0)

    Lowered price from €39.950 -> €29.950 The Flaminia was named after the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Roma to Rimini. This respected the established Lancia tradition of naming individual models after Roman roads (eg Appia, Aurelia, Augusta) The Flaminia's chassis was a development of the Aurelia's, but was significantly upgraded. The original two bodies of the Flaminia were developed by Pininfarina and modelled after his two Aurelia-based motor-show specials, named Florida . The production version of the Lancia Flaminia appeared in 1957. Flaminia development timeline: Spring 1955: Pinin Farina Florida 4-door based on Lancia Aurelia chassis. March 1956 (Geneva): Pinin Farina Florida 2-door based on Lancia Aurelia chassis. April 1956 (Turin): Lancia Flaminia with 'suicide' door and coil spring suspension. March 1957 (Geneva): Lancia Flaminia with traditional door arrangement. Specifications >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without ap

    • Year: 1960
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    €29,950(£0) €29,950(£0)