Engine: 2.8L V-6
Transmission: 4-Speed Rear-Mounted Transaxle
Mileage Reads: 2,083
*Just Out Of Long-Term Lancia Collection
*Previous Colorado Car
*Shown At 2001 Greenwich Concours
When it debuted in 1957, the Flaminia Berlina represented a new age for Lancia under the direction of Mr. Pesenti. With a Pininfarina styled body and the underpinnings evolved from the B12 (and original Aurelia ideology of a front engine V6 and rear transaxle) the Flaminia became Italy’s largest and most comfortable sedan.
The (previously abundant) sliding-pillar front suspension had been completely disregarded and a modern coil spring and wishbone system was implemented. The rear-mounted, 4-speed trans-axle remained standard (as it would be on the various Flaminia derivatives) but the shifter found itself on the steering column and a 1st gear synchro had been added inside the box. The first cars off the line were equipped with upgraded drum brakes and discs provided as an option. Soon, however, the discs would become standard for all four corners – the rears mounted inboard on the axle.
The 2.5L V-6 from the Aurelia and B12 had reached it’s maximum cylinder capacity, so a brand new block was cast which could, and would be, developed further; the Berlina was already heavy, and it would only gain weight throughout production. Engine output had been increased to 110bhp and an additional oil cooler installed to ease stress on the small powerplant.
The interior was well appointed and noted among critics as being very quiet, even at speed. Bench seats were standard, though there existed an option for twin seats in the front. The simple yet elegant dash was well appointed and included a radio. Two primary instruments were easily viewed by the driver through a two-spoke steering wheel. Ashtrays and hand grabs were provided for the rear occupants in the back of the front seats, along with a fold down armrest in the center of the rear bench.
This 1961 model has recently emerged from a long-term ownership (21 years) by a Lancia collector and was purchased previously from another collector in Colorado. A conversation with the previous owner included that the car was shown at one of the first Colorado Concours d’Elegance (1989)- our hometown show here in Denver. The car was also shown at another local event benefiting young artists of Colorado (1988), the Roxborough Park Car Show (1992) and the Greenwich Concours in Connecticut (2001).
The recipient of a high-end restoration in the 1990’s this car has had very little use since. Still very fresh and showing like new, the car displays a striking a color combination in deep purple with silver top and a beautiful, plush interior that showcases the many unique features offered here – not the least of which is the fold-down front bench seat, or the unique rear-window wipers… both outside and in! Our history file includes photos from (we believe) the early 1980’s showing the car in what appears to be the original, un-restored livery.
The engine is a later 2.8L, 3-Weber unit which was rated at 150bhp and runs beautifully. A smooth shifting 4-speed trans-axle is operated from the column with ease.
The Lancia marque is becoming more and more collectible as the market begins to appreciate the value in these remarkable cars. This Berlina model combines brilliant Lancia engineering and the sophisticated design works of Pininfarina to create one of the few luxury sedan offerings to come out of Italy; competing directly against the British and German mainstays in that class. Performed today, this restoration would cost upwards of 6-figures – this listing offered a completed car for under half of the real cost!
For other opportunities like this one, call Stephen at 303.668.4555.