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.
Amazingly this early Touring-bodied Flaminia has had just one private owner from new, who purchased the car from his local dealer in 1961 and enjoyed it for a further 54 years before finally hanging up his driving gloves. More recently time and effort has been invested into bringing the car up to the condition you see here; notably the engine has been overhauled and the car has benefitted from a repaint in its original shade of Bianco Saratoga, which contrasts nicely with the black leather interior.
It is exciting to find such a well-preserved original example of this rare and stylish model, a delightful Italian tourer and a wise choice for the canny collector.