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Lot 473: Lancia Flaminia GT

Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, Bonhams (3 June 2012)

As the successor to the innovative Aurelia, Lancia's Flaminia had a tough act to follow. When introduced in 1950, the Aurelia boasted the first production V-6 engine, unit construction, a transaxle gearbox and inboard rear brakes for balance and handling as well as Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar' front suspension. The B20 coupe version was an immediate success in competition and led the company to commit to an aggressive international sporting program. The costs of that program as well as building the over-engineered Aurelia drove Lancia to bankruptcy. The company was sold in 1955 to Carlo Pesenti, who immediately directed work to begin on a new model to replace the Aurelia. The Flaminia was launched as a sedan in 1957 with coachbuilt variants following in quick succession. All shared the Aurelia's layout with a V-6 engine and rear transaxle, though the engine was completely new and there was a conventional coil spring independent front suspension in place of the sliding pillars. Three different coupes were built by Pinin Farina, Zagato and Carrozzeria Touring, which also built a convertible. The Flaminia GT, introduced in 1959, was built on a chassis shortened by 13.8" from that of the sedan and equipped with a 2.5 liter engine with a two-barrel carburetor producing 119hp. The lightweight 'superleggera' alloy body was clean and sleek, with a very 'sixties' modern look. This Flaminia GT coupe was purchased new in France and was imported into the U.S. in the mid 1970s. The car is said to have remained for more than 20 years in the collection of a director of the Guggenheim Museum of Art, Albert Hills, until purchased by the vendor in March, 1989. Since that time the Lancia has been given a re-spray in the original color red and was given a major service, which included a full rebuild of the braking system. The original brown leather interior was left alone and shows a wonderful patina, with only a few small areas of the driver's seat possibly requiring attention. More recently, new silentbloc bushings have been installed in the suspension to restore the Flaminia's sharp, entertaining handling and correct Michelin tires have been fitted. The vendor reports that before the sale the Lancia will have received a fresh tune-up service with oil, filter, spark plugs and points. These beautiful, well-engineered and superbly built grand touring cars have begun to become appreciated by a wider audience. Once experienced on the road, they are hard to forget and quickly become a standard by which other sports touring cars are measured.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Greenwich, Connecticut
TypeCar
Lot Number473
Estimate$45000-$55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$39750
Hammer Price (inc premium)$46507
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number824 00 1793
Engine number823 00 4155
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2