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|Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport|
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|1965 Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport|
Engine No. 826 200*2023*
Light Metallic Blue with Cream Interior
Thanks to their pedigreed racing histories and innovative and unconventional technical features, few cars captivate the motoring world as Lancias do. Zagato coachbuilders are responsible for the dramatic and masculine styling of the Aston Martin DB4GTZ, Fiat 8V Zagato, and Maserati A6G 2000 and many other cars of the era that now command into the millions of dollars. Zagato bodies tend to be made entirely of alloy and are thus much lighter than those bodies designed by Pinnin Farina and Bertone. This, together with their “swoopy” aerodynamic traits, made Zagato bodies an obvious choice for competition use. Indeed, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Fiat, Lancia, and Maserati all commissioned Zagato to build bodies for their racecars of the era. Because of their alloy construction, Zagato bodies were expensive, and were therefore rare, even when new. Lancias also tended to be quite rare because of the high prices that their advanced technology commanded. Thus, a Lancia with a `double bubble` body by Zagato is an extremely rare find, and today, they have finally become the sought after and valuable cars they deserve to be.
At the time, the Flaminia was the flagship of the Lancia line, and incorporated numerous sophisticated features, including an aluminum V6 and transaxle with inboard disc brakes for excellent weight distribution and low unsprung weight. While the sedan and PF coupes were more lushly furnished, the Zagato was the most sporting version of Lancia’s top-of-the-line model. This particular Flaminia Super Sport bodied by Zagato was built in 1965, is the most advanced of the Flaminia line, and was fitted at the factory with the desirable triple carburetor set up known as “3C”, and the updated 2.8 liter engine, enlarged from the 2.5 liter cars built during the first and second series of production. In total, less that 600 Zagato bodied Flaminias were built during the three production series.
This particular example spent many years in the care of a diehard Lancia enthusiast who cultivated a collection of several Lancias from the Flaminia era and earlier. At the end of his tenure the car received a major, post-storage service to the tune of approximately $15,000. The work was all mechanical, and included a complete brake system hydraulic service inclusive of the brake lines and caliper seals, a cooling system service inclusive of hoses and the restoration of the radiator, a fuel system service complete with boiling out the gas tank and rebuilt of the carburetors, among other smaller works.
The resulting car, while not cosmetically restored, is absolutely road ready. It starts easily, and runs and drives exceptionally well. The engine has a smooth idle and very good power, the driveline is free of vibrations, the transaxle smooth shifting, the suspension compliant, and brakes effective, stopping the car straight and in an appropriate distance.
Although generally solid, original in equipment, and quite complete, the cosmetic nature of the car is unrestored. The paint, which appears to be in the original color, is older. The chrome should be redone, but save for a few dings in the bumpers, is in excellent restorable condition. The upholstery appears to be original, but also justifies replacement. Key items such as the emblems, switchgear, door and window handles, factory wood steering wheel, and gauges all remain in place, taking considerable guess work out of the restoration.
Lancias have finally gained their footing with some of the world’s most prominent collectors and, once restored, this car will be a wonderful diversification to any Italian car collection. It could, however, act as a characterful driver and event car just as it sits today.
Sold on the 28.09.2012