1966 Lancia Flaminia GT 2.5 3C

Lancias from the 1960s are some of my favorite Italian classics. This was the decade that the impossibly gorgeous Fulvia was released to the public. Aside from that small, attractive coupe, Lancia's flagship models were also rather visually arresting. The Flaminia was unique in that three different coupes were offered by three different coach builders, Pininfarina, Zagato, and the Touring version we see here. The Touring was by far my favorite, and had a bit of '60s Americana flair to it. This Flaminia GT 2.5 3C is for sale in Pennsylvania after undergoing an extensive refresh.

1966 Lancia Flaminia GT 2.5 3C

This Lancia Flaminia GT 2.5 3C Touring bodied coupe being offered is a very well sorted out example of one of the most desirable Flaminia in the model line. It is not a 100 point car, but is a very presentable survivor. The car was repainted in about 1990 and has the original interior, except for new floor mats and carpet. The car has just received extensive mechanical renovation and is ready to use. Please feel free to contact me with any question you may have, Walt Spak - Pittsburgh PA. - 412-720-4334 - b20swalt@gmail.com

I have been very involved with Lancias' since my first ride in an Aurelia Convertible in 1966. Starting in the early '70s, I worked for the American Lancia Club Spares Registrar, importing and supplying parts for Lancias. After nearly ten years of doing this, I left to earn a real living and raise a family. I never left the club though and continued to own a Lancia through out that entire period. I bought my first one, a Flaminia Berlina in 1971 and have not been without at least one since.

In the early 90's I started to restore Lancia engines as a part time endeavor. I have restored 2 Fulvia, 2 Flaminia, 1 Gamma, and over a dozen Aurelia engines. I have also restored a Ferrari 250 GT engine and a couple of Fiat/Siata Otto Vu (8V) engines. Cars that I have restored the engines for have been shown at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Meadow Brook, Hilton Head, Elegance at Hershey, and Radnor Hunt Club. My most recent Lancia Aurelia Spider engine restoration is in a car that won 2nd place in class at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance.

I bought this Flaminia GT in a dismantled state. The engine had been apart and partially re-assembled. The subframe was removed and the entire suspension and steering was dismantled, down to ever last nut and bolt. Some work had been completed, primarily cleaning, sand blasting and powder coating. A small amount of the work that I am describing was performed by the previous owner, but rigorously inspected, and corrected if necessary, by myself. For instance, I discovered that the new cylinder liners had not been machined for proper protrusion above the engine deck. This prompted me to completely disassemble the engine and start from scratch. I subsequently discovered that the ring end gap was too large and that the crank shaft was not balanced to the precision that I require.

I have strived to do as an exacting renovation to this Flaminia. I have replaced any part that I found to have wear and rebuilt all of the components to the best of my ability. If you research pricing of these cars, you will see that they typically go for $65,000.00 and are in need of most, if not all of the work I have preformed. I have expended over 950 man hours on this project and spent nearly $40,000.00 on parts in addition to the machine shop charges. If you purchase the $65K car and do all of this work, you can expect to have over $175,000.00 invested. You are invited to come and inspect the car before you buy. I can pick you up at the airport.

This Flaminia is an excellent example of the better to buy one finished theory. Restoration costs will surely outrun what the car is worth. In this condition, this Flaminia should bring somewhere between $50,000 to $75,000.

-Paul

Posted under: Lancia
Dated: Oct 30 2012

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