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1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA 2.5 3C CABRIOLET, Coachwork by Touring

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Chassis no. 82414 2244
Engine no. 82310 14110
Exterior:   Light Silver Metallic
Interior: Red leather

•    2,458cc OHV V6 Engine
•    3 Dual-throat Weber Carburetors
•    140bhp at 5,200rpm
•    4-Speed Manual Transaxle
•    Independent Front Suspension - Di Dion Rear Axle
•    4-Wheel Disc Brakes - Inboard Rear
•    Sophisticated Flaminia with desirable 3C induction
•    Elegant Touring Cabriolet variant
•    Recent engine rebuild
•    Eligible for many tours and Concours events

Asking Price:  $225,000

 

The Lancia Flamina

 

For over 110 years, Lancia has arguably been Italy's most individual maker of motorcars. The firm was established in Turin in 1906 by the famous racing driver, Vincenzo Lancia, whose personal masterpiece was the Lambda series. Before he died in 1937, other notable models were produced and the tradition of technical boldness, that is justified by results, had lived on. To the motoring enthusiasts with a taste for matters mechanical, Lancia is synonymous with good handling and unconventional design of a very high quality. First of the bold, individual designs from the famous Italian firm, the Lambda has a secure place in the story of motorcar development. When it appeared at the motor shows in 1922, it was a sensation, even to those who knew or cared little about design. A car without a chassis, no front axle, and that short, broad strange-looking little engine! Lancia knew what they were doing, and few manufacturers of the time could math Lancia's innovations.

 

Introduced at the 1956 Turin Motor Show, the Antonio Fessia-designed Flaminia retained its Aurelia predecessor's mechanical layout and unitary construction, though Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar', independent front suspension introduced in 1922, gave way to a more modern double wishbone arrangement. Aurelia carry-overs were the 60-degree, 2,458cc, overhead-valve, all-alloy 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 Coupe appeared in 1958, followed by the Touring-styled GT and GTL (2+2) Coupes and Cabriolets. The latter trio shared a further-shortened 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 Flaminia, with 140bhp available in the '3C' models from 1961, which was further increased when the 2,775cc version arrived later in production.

The sporty Flaminias were capable of around 210km/h (130mph), and was Lancia's top-of-the-range Gran Turismo for the era. The well-designed cars were very well equipped, and priced at the same level as a contemporary Maserati or Aston Martin. Marcello Mastroianni, Italy's most popular male film star at the time, had his pick of the world's finest cars and he chose a Flaminia.

 

The  Motorcar Offered

 

The Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the Flaminia were made in relatively small numbers and surviving examples in good condition are, therefore, quite rare. The fine example offered here is equipped with the desirable 3C carburetor set-up, consisting of a trio of dual-throat Weber carburetors. Although this Lancia Flaminia 2.5 3C Cabriolet's early history remains unknown, the car is believed to have been delivered new to Germany, since it is fitted with an additional German chassis plate and a kilometer-per-hour speedometer. The car’s most recent owner was Mr. William L. Pingree of Portsmouth, NH.

This fine Touring-designed and built Cabriolet has received much restoration work over the years, and was most recently treated with an engine rebuild by Nelson Engines of Cumming, GA. The car’s beautiful red interior appears to have been re-trimmed in recent times as well, and presents very well. The classic silver-painted dashboard is adorned by jewel-like Jaeger instruments and a lovely wood-rimmed steering wheel. The exterior paint is nice and evenly applied, and the light silver metallic suits the elegant Cabriolet body very well.

With highly sophisticated and well-engineered mechanicals - such as the De Dion rear axle with inboard-mounted disc brakes and all-alloy V6 engine topped by the triple carburetor setup - and striking coachbuilt Touring-penned Cabriolet bodywork; this combination of power and elegance is indeed on par with the contemporary Maserati 3500 GT Spider and Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet. Eligible for many rallies and concours events around the world, this fine Lancia would be a nice addition any collection.

 

 

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