1963 Lancia Flaminia
Year of manufacture1963
Chassis number826 140 1071
1963 Lancia Flaminia GTL 2.8-Litre 2+2 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Chassis no. 826 140 1071
The coupé and convertible versions of the Lancia Flaminia were made in relatively small numbers and surviving examples in good condition are, therefore, quite rare. Lancia's Pinin Farina-styled Flaminia saloon had debuted at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. Designed by newly recruited Antonio Fessia and intended as a replacement for the Aurelia, the Flaminia retained its predecessor's mechanical layout, though the form of unitary construction was changed and Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension, which had been used on every model since 1922, gave way to a more modern double wishbone and coil spring arrangement. Aurelia carryovers were the overhead-valve, 60-degree V6 engine and De Dion rear transaxle (with inboard brakes), although the former had been extensively reworked by Fessia, resulting in a much stronger power unit than that designed by his predecessor, Vittorio Jano. The short-wheelbase Flaminia Coupé appeared in 1958, followed by the Carrozzeria Touring-styled GT and GTL (2+2) Coupés and the Convertible. The latter trio shared a further-shortened (to 2,520mm) wheelbase with the Sport and Super Sport models, and all featured disc brakes and increased horsepower. Power was boosted further in 1961, giving the sportier Flaminias a top speed approaching 120mph, and a 2.8-litre engine introduced for 1963. Flaminia production - saloon excepted - ceased in 1967, by which time GTL output had amounted to only 300 cars.
The current vendor purchased this Flaminia GTL in June 2016, since when he has participated with it in various Allgemeiner Schnaufel-Club Rallies including the Salzburgring and Gaisberg-Rennen. Original registration papers are with the car, recording its residence in Turin and Brescia up to 2013 and then in Erlangen, Germany from June 2014 onwards. We are advised by the vendor that the Flaminia is in very good original condition and that it has required little more than routine maintenance. The brakes were rebuilt in 2016 and the water pump overhauled in 2019, while the most extensive (and expensive) work was to re-trim the front seats to match the otherwise original interior, the trimmer remarking that this involved "more work than Aston Martin seats"! Offered with an original instruction manual, valuation report (2018), and current German registration papers, this coachbuilt Flaminia GTL represents a rare opportunity to own a highly original example of one of these stylish Lancia coupés.