Lancia Flaminia 2500 Coupé 1962 Grigio Medio Metallizzato

The Lancia Flaminia, produced from 1957 to 1970, was Lancia’s flagship model at that time, replacing the well known Aurelia. Throughout its lifetime it was available as a saloon, coupé and cabriolet. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian houses. Besides those models, the Flaminia also saw several other versions. Including a Sport version by Zagato and Four “Presidenziale” stretched limousines, commissioned by then President Giovanni Gronchi, for the 1960 visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Italy.

The Flaminia’s chassis was a development of the Aurelia’s, but was significantly upgraded. The front suspension was changed to a more conventional configuration with double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension retained the De Dion setup, with a transaxle mounted at the rear as in the Aurelia. The first Berlina was available with drum brake or discs, all other models used discs only.

The original two bodies of the Flaminia were developed by Pininfarina and modelled after his two Aurelia-based motor show specials, named Florida. The Florida I, presented at the 1956 Turin Motor show, was a saloon with rear suicide doors. The Florida II, presented a year later at the Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva, was a 2-door coupé, and became Battista Farina's personal car of choice. The production version of the Lancia Flaminia appeared in 1957.

The Flaminia’s engine was an evolution of the world's first production V6, which was introduced in the Aurelia. It had increased bore and decreased stroke. The engines were mounted longitudinally, powering the rear wheels through a 4-speed rear-mounted transaxle. A version with increased displacement was introduced in 1962.

The Coupé was also designed by Pininfarina, and built by the coachbuilder. It was very similar to the Florida II prototype with a 2+2 layout. Like all other 2-door versions, the Coupé had a shortened wheelbase relative to the Berlina. The front end of the Coupé does not differ from the Berlina majorly, but the headlight frames are completely round, whereas they point slightly upwards in the saloon.

Coupés outsold the four-door saloon, an unusual occurrence otherwise seen at the time only in American compact and midsize models whose coupé versions were standard factory models that cost the same or less than the sedan, while the Flaminia coupés' coachbuilt bodies made them considerably more expensive than the limousine-like Berlina.

The name of the Flaminia was derived from the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Rome to Ariminum (Rimini). This respected the established Lancia tradition of naming individual models after Roman roads.

This particular Lancia Flaminia 2500 Pinin Farina Coupé was sold new in Modena, Italy in 1962. It first came to Holland in 2013. Its exterior colour is Grigio Medio Metallizzato, inside we find a nice grey flanel cloth upholstery. It comes with some pictures of partial restoration and a repaint in the past. The current owner also had the nose of the car professionally repaired and repainted.

The car presents quite nicely and has had much work done to make her drive right proper. According to period road tests these single carburettor 2500 V6 engine's delivered a top speed of 168 km/h. Very quick in 1962! We test drove the car for 50 km and were impressed with the power and smooth gear changes. Also the rare lack of vibrations in the drivetrain makes us positive about the recorded mileage of 92.100 km.

The car has Dutch registration and APK (2 yearly technical inspection in Holland). The price of 38.500 Euro is quite attractive if you consider alternatives. Its elegant, quite rare and fun to drive.

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