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In the post-war years, Lancia were arguably the greatest innovators and engineers in the Italian motor industry, building on Vincenzo Lancia’s original drive for excellence in design and construction. Their first all-new post war model was the Aurelia, which was arguably the most advanced car of its day, featuring the world’s first production V6 engine, rear transaxle and inboard rear brakes. In B20GT coupe form it became the preferred drive for racers and wealthy industrialists alike.
The Flaminia that succeeded it was a further development of the front-engined V6, rear transaxle theme. Bodied in four distinct styles, Carrozzeria Touring’s interpretation came in both open and coupe forms. Known as the Gran Turismo cars, they were built on their famed ‘Superleggera’ platform, with beautifully crafted aluminium skins wrapped over a tubular steel frame and steel chassis. Throughout production from 1959 to 1965, the main developments came under the bonnet, as the engine went from an initial single Solex-carburettored 2.5 litre, to a triple-Webered 2.8 litre version. A total of 848 convertibles were built; ‘our’ car being one of the 421 early examples.
Chassis Number: 824.04.1328
Engine Number: 813.10.5590
Gearbox: 4-speed floor-mounted manual
Indicated mileage: 68,897 kms
Colour: Grigio Newmarket
Interior: Red vinyl
UK reg. no: BAS 324
The car is believed to have been exported from new to Salinas, CA, passing through several owners until being exported to Ravenna in 1998, from father to son. At this point a full restoration was begun. In 2001 the current owner purchased the car and arranged for the final stages of the restoration to be carried out in nearby Cervia. There are numerous photographs of the restoration on file. It was also discovered that the original engine had been replaced with a 2.5 litre unit from a Flaminia Berlina, which is of virtually identical construction and output. The car was imported into the UK and first registered here in June 2002.
The car has been regularly maintained and driven ever since, and as a result drives very nicely - these single carb. versions have a surprising amount of torque - with typically fine balance and roadholding in the Lancia V6 tradition. The body and paintwork are now showing signs of wear and age, the interior is comfortable and a nice place to be, and all switchgear and instruments are fully functioning. This is a car for driving - the Flaminia GT Convertible is a long-legged 2-seater open tourer with bags of 1960s style and glamour at a highly competitive price. These Touring-bodied cars were arguably the best constructed Italian sports cars of their day, and the only open-topped Flaminia.
We believe that this cherished Flaminia GT offers 'la dolce vita' at incredible value.
In the September 2015 issue of Classic & Sportscar, self-confessed Alfista Simon Charlesworth compared a similar car with an Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, concluding with the following words: 'It is an inescapable truth that, from the driver's seat, the Flaminia looks, feels and sounds more special than the Alfa.'
For more information or to arrange a test drive, please call Simon on +44 (0)1285 869791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.