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. The rakish Touring GT was a two-seater, with only a carpeted shelf behind the seats.
In 1963, to provide 2+2 seating capability, Touring introduced the GTL on a lengthened platform. The 2,520-mm wheelbase of the GT was lengthened by 80 mm, although the overall length increased only 30 mm. More dramatic was the 70-mm increase in height, which lends the GTL an airier greenhouse. Equipped with the desirable triple-carburettor (3C) engine, this Touring-bodied Flaminia 2.8-litre GT is one of only 300 of its type produced.
This stunning example of the Flaminia 3C was completely rebuilt and refurbished by its previous long term owners and presents superbly. Its full alloy 2.8-litre V6 engine is fed by 3 twin-choke Weber carburettors and will produce over 150bhp. The Superleggera body on this car is in an excellent condition having been completely restored a few years ago and here is a comprehensive file of works carried out including many bills from Lancia specialists Omicron for thousands of pounds.
In comparison to the other notable 1960’s Superleggara-bodied cars, the charming Flaminia easily holds its own and can sit alongside the Maserati’s and Aston’s of the period easily. The real attraction is that you can gain entry to this exclusive club for a fraction of the price of the other marques without compromising on quality and looks. This is surely a car worth closer inspection and a safe bet for the future too.