At the 1957 Geneva Motor Show the replacement for the legendary and highly successful Lancia Aurelia was revealed. Named the Flaminia, after a famous Roman road (just as the Aurelia and the Appia had been), it made a profound impression on the automotive world, with its good looks and with Lancia’s traditional quirky and interesting engineering.
The Flaminia body design set the stylistic benchmark for saloon cars for years to come and is perhaps Pininfarina’s most influential work of the era. It was clear that also a Flaminia convertible had to follow, and the answer of course was already staring Lancia management in the eye: the Flaminia GT by Carrozzeria Touring.
The GT’s roof was replaced by a simple canvas folding top, and the windscreen was lowered and more sharply raked. The doors were shortened to allow for a more rigid body construction to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof. Otherwise it shared styling cues with the GT, and proved a worthy successor to the Aurelia B24 convertible. In 1962 performance was upgraded when the convertible was fitted with the 3 double Weber carburettors.
This is a lovely example has benefitted from an older restoration, and still presents very well with excellent patina. The car has not had a complete repaint during its restoration, so it is very nice to still see original paintwork on the car.
During the restoration the interior was retrimmed and is still in very nice condition, also the convertible roof was replaced.
Originally delivered to Italy, the Flaminia now resides in Holland, where it has had a thorough inspection, and is said to be mechanically in very good order.
It’s exciting to find such a well-preserved original example of this rare quick and stylish model, and with prices of contemporary Touring-bodied Astons now over €1m, this delightful Italian tourer presents a wise choice for the smart investor.