Best known for their wonderfully engineered small cars in the 1960s, Lancia's flagship at the time, the Flaminia, tends to be overshadowed a bit by its smaller siblings. These were impressive cars for the time. Introduced in 1957 as a replacement for the Aurelia, the Flaminia was available in a variety of flavors with styling by a number of coach builders in differing body styles. This Zagato Super Sport was powered by a 2.8 liter V6 with triple carburetors and was strictly a two seater, with a unique pass through panel into the trunk. For sale in Ontario, Canada, this Super Sport has been restored and is a stunning example of rather restrained styling from the house of Zagato.
Designed by Vittoro Jano the Flaminia continued the tradition of being named after Roman roads and the namesake Flaminia road leads from Rome to Rimini. It was one of the first production cars to ever be fitted with a V6 engine. In total, there were only about 110 of these cars ever built. The ultimate configuration for Lancia was the Zagato model with double bubble roof, 3 carbs set-up, and tear drop headlight and was produced from 1957 through 1970. Zagato produced the Sport two-seater body styles which were by far the most rare due to their higher manufacturing costs, in part because the bodies were created from aluminum with the trademark Zagato 'double bubble' and the pop-out handles.
This stunning Zagato body coupe is finished in its correct color of Newmarket Grey with red leather interior. After spending some time during the 1970’s in the state of California, this car was purchased by a large collector who loved the car so much that he retained it for almost 31 years. It spent that time in a fully climate controlled environment and was used enough to be exercised and meticulously maintained both mechanically and cosmetically. To this day, slide into the subtle red leather bucket seats which comfortably hold you in place, the drivers door closes with a solid feel, a twist of the key and the triple carb’d 2.8L V6 comes to life. It has a feel that can only come from a special car and garners looks and adoration wherever shown. Over the last 3 decades of single family ownership, it was seldom put on display at all until 2009 when it made its first appearance at a public event, the 30th Anniversary Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. This is a truly special automobile. From the triple carb V6, to the famous double bubble roof and tear drop headlights; it is a car which has only recently started to get the attention it deserves from collectors. The aluminum Zagato body cars were a rare sight even in 1967 due to their high costs, which makes them that much more unique today and the type of automobile that can always be looked upon as a work of art. This example is a beautifully restored car, equally at home on the show field or driving the twisty coastal highways.
With only 150 Super Sports ever made, these coupes are a very rare sight with a collectibility factor similar to many Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis of the period. As such, these are not cheap cars to restore and even less so to own. The last Super Sport we featured was offered at over a quarter million dollars. This example which appears unblemished and ready to enjoy is priced right in the middle of the market and given the right audience, should find a buyer in short order.