In 1963, the Sport’s 1,500-cubic centimetre, dual-carburettor flat-four was enlarged to 1,800 cubic centimetres. Unlike the other models in the Flavia line, whose single-carburettor arrangement produced 92 brake horsepower, the Sport’s engine retained dual carburettors, which saw its power increase to 100 brake horsepower and then 105 brake horsepower, with competition-tuned units making 130 brake horsepower.
In the decade following the 1955 reorganisation, Lancia’s competition efforts consisted of factory support for the “gentlemen drivers” of the HF Squadra Corse. Organised by Cesare Fiorio, son of Lancia’s PR director, the privateer Squadra and the tuning firms that supported its efforts would become the core of Lancia’s competition department when the factory returned to racing in 1965. Whilst the more-numerous Pininfarina-built Flavia Coupé saw competition using engines similar to the Sport, the lighter weight of the Sport made it well suited for hill climbs and rallies, as well as circuit racing.
This exceptional Flavia Zagato was the subject of comprehensive, chassis up restoration in 2011 with documented pictures to support the work. The vendor has currently fitted an uprated 2,000cc engine, gearbox and suspension mounted on a subframe but interested parties should be aware that the original, matching numbers, engine, gearbox, subframe, etc are all sold with the car. Used for historic motorsport events and described to be in excellent condition throughout, this is certainly a car for any Lancia enthusiast.