Launched in 1961, the Flavia saloon maintained Lancia’s enviable reputation for advanced and innovative automotive engineering. Designed by Antonio Fessia and inspired by his Cemsa prototype of 1947, the Flavia was Italy’s first series-production car to employ front-wheel drive. Carried well forward of the front wheels, the engine was a 1,488cc, overhead-valve, horizontally-opposed four; suspension was independent at the front and by beam axle at the rear, and there were dual-circuit, servo-assisted disc brakes all round. The saloon was joined by the shorter-wheelbase Pininfarina-styled Coupé in 1962, the latter providing the basis for a convertible version by Vignale, while Zagato designed an outlandish-looking light weight two-door sport version. An attractive four-seater sports car, the Convertible enjoyed the stability, comfort, and handling virtues common to the rest of the range. In 1963 the range was updated with a 1,800cc engine, which when installed in the Coupé and Convertible produced 92bhp, good enough for a top speed of 173km/h.
Traditionally clothed in aluminium by Zagato, this third series Flavia Sport comes with the larger 1800cc engine and more practical fuel injection. We are reliably informed that in this specification, the Lancia Flavia was only produced 38 times. This rare example left the factory in Italy in 1966 and the original Italian registration document is available.
The car was restored in 2012 and is presented in silver-blue livery with a black interior. A stunning combination and in totally mint condition throughout, the car is also supplied with the Italian OSI certificate and German historic registration documents. Definitely a very rare and superb example and not to be missed.