Lancia's Pininfarina-styled Flaminia saloon debuted at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. The Aurelia's replacement, the Flaminia retained its predecessor's mechanical layout, though the form of unitary construction was changed and Lancia's traditional 'sliding hub' independent front suspension gave way to a more-modern double wishbone and coil-spring arrangement. Aurelia carry-overs were the 60-degree, 2,458cc, overhead-valve, V6 engine and De Dion rear transaxle with inboard brakes. The short-wheelbase Coupé appeared in 1958, followed by the Touring-styled GT and GTL (2+2) Coupés and the Convertible.
The latter trio shared a further-shortened (to 251.5cm) wheelbase with the Sport and Supersport models, and all featured disc brakes and increased power. The latter was boosted further in 1961 (from 119 to 140bhp), giving the sportier Flaminias a top speed approaching 120mph. Flaminia production - saloon excepted - ceased in 1967, by which time Convertible output totalled just 865 cars.
This beautiful Flaminia Flaminia Convertible had spent its life in Italy until sourced by marque specialists Thornley Kelham for its current owner in 2014, appearing to be a very straight and honest example with no visible corrosion and a good state of finish; it also drove extremely well. A desirable disc braked example, it is one of only 421 2.5-litre single-carburettor models built in 1960-1961.
Since 2015 the owner has spent over £30,000 with Thornley Kelham to bring the car up to its present high standard. Works carried out included rebuilds of the transaxle, clutch, suspension, braking system, cylinder heads, oil pump, and electrical system.
In addition, hoses were replaced, five new Michelin tyres fitted, a new hood and hood cover installed, and various bushes and mounts replaced. Related bills are on file and the car also comes with a V5C Registration Certificate, current MoT, and a copy of the September 2015 edition of Classic & Sports Car magazine in which it featured.
Said to drive extremely well, with typically fine balance and road holding in the Lancia V6 tradition, and being a single-carburettor model has a surprising amount of torque. The body and paintwork are in good condition, likewise the comfortable interior, and all correct switch-gear and instruments. By no means a concours car, this lovely example affords the prospect of a wonderful ownership and driving experience. It exudes 1960s style and glamour and represents excellent value for money.