The relationship between the Turin-based automotive manufacturer Lancia, and the Milanese coachwork house of Zagato, is one of the most successful and admired in the classic car world. As a result of this relationship, Lancia was well-known for producing some of the most beautiful, elegant and technologically advanced cars in the world.
The Lancia Flaminia was named after the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Rome to Rimini, which respected the established Lancia tradition of naming individual models after Roman roads.
The Lancia Flaminia began production in 1957 and replaced the Aurelia as the flagship model. It was available throughout its lifetime as a saloon, coupe and cabriolet with the most sought-after example being the Sport which was a two-seater built on a short wheelbase chassis. These highly-desirable Flaminia Sports were bodied beautifully in aluminum by Zagato, incorporating the iconic ‘double-bubble- roof with rounded and improved aerodynamics.
For power, Lancia used its beautifully smooth, Francesco De Virgilio-designed, V6 with an increased bore and decreased stroke. The engine was longitudinally mounted and drives the rear wheels via a four-speed, rear-mounted, transaxle.