When it came time for Lancia to replace its flagship Aurelia, the Italian automaker’s top of the line model that many argue defined the gran turismo automobile, the task was daunting, to say the least. Debuted to the world in 1957, the new Flaminia was previewed in two prototypes prepared by Pinin Farina (the revolutionary Florida and the even more seductive Florida II, which Batista Farina would later choose as his personal car).
Perhaps the most highly sought after variant of the Flaminia was the two-seater coupe by Zagato. They were exquisitely designed, expensive and exclusive, and featured that firm’s trademark “double bubble” roofline and pop out door handles.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
140 bhp, 2,458 cc single overhead camshaft V6 engine with triple Weber 35 DNCL carburetors, rear mounted four-speed manual transmission, independent front and de Dion tube rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 99" (2,520 mm).
Source: RM Auctions
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