Lot 379: Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato
148 bhp, 1,848 cc single overhead camshaft four-cylinder boxer engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,330 mm (91.7") " Unique Zagato competition styling " Lancia Works racing car " 1964 Targa Florio entrant " Fully documented and only two owners from new; same ownership for over 20 years " The only SWB Lancia Sport Zagato Prototype In 1964, the Lancia Works team presented the Sport Prototipo Zagato, a unique creation with a lightweight body and numerous weight-saving measures. Its first race was at the 1964 Targa Florio, with Marco Crosina and Fernando Frescobaldi, using race number 184. Unfortunately, the drivers and the car did not see the finish line due to an unplanned off-road excursion during the race. After the Targa Florio entry, the car had a very short racing history due to limited funds; the Works team, instead, decided to race the standard road going Flavia Zagato in the 'Turismo' category to try to help the sales of that car. After a few more outings on circuit events, the Sport Prototipo Zagato was left in Lancia's Reparto Corse and stored for a few years, unused and nearly forgotten. It was then, in 1967, that Claudio Maglioli, who was the Italian champion with Lancia in 1965 and 1966, was still racing for the Works team and he came across chassis no. 815538 1001 and immediately negotiated with Sandro Fiorio, head of Lancia's racing department, to purchase the car and any remaining spare parts. Maglioli kept the car in his workshop for 20 years, undertaking a careful and meticulous sympathetic restoration. Small details, such as putting baffles in the sump to avoid oil surge in left hand corners, were made, and the car remained with him until 1991, when he decided to sell the 815538 1001 to the current owner, an avid Lancia collector. Chassis 815538 1001 had many special features, starting from the light alloy body that was some 220 kilograms lighter, compared to the standard Lancia Flavia Zagato, as well as the shortened wheelbase for better handling. The Sport Prototipo Zagato car has a very aggressive and low slung look with twin air intakes on the bonnet for the long carburettor trumpets to reach and breathe. Also of note are the lower roof line, deleted bumpers and a race specific interior, all to save weight and increase performance. In addition, a more direct steering box was fitted, which gave the car a much better response. In a test drive and interview with Claudio Maglioli in Italian magazine Ruoteclassiche, he remembers how well the car handled. Maglioli remembers that to drive the car quickly, you had to use the slow-in, fast-out tactic. He reported that with clean racing lines around the corners, this car can be as quick and as effective as most and with a little more support from the Lancia Works team in period, it would have gone on to be one of the more successful race cars in Lancia's history. The example offered here, by its second owner, remains relatively untouched and original, with only light preservation work by its first owner, a Works driver. This unique Zagato bodied competition car is a one-off piece of Lancia history and is ready to be shown or used on rallies and events.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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|Chassis number||815538 100|
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|Number of doors||2|