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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
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Last updated: 7th Oct 2015
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