By on May 14, 2020

By my count, Rare Rides has featured exactly four Lancias in the past. Ranging in scope from two-doors to four-doors, they all contained Italian passion and were designed with a ruler. Today’s coupe bucks the trend: It’s an elegant and curvaceous Flaminia, and more specifically, a very desirable Super Sport Zagato.

Remember when Lancia was a full-line automaker; an independent brand which competed with the likes of Alfa Romeo and Fiat for European (and some North American) car customers? Nor do I, but today’s Flaminia hails from just such an era. During its production, Lancia had eight models on offer, as well as a rally car toward the end of the model’s run.

Speaking of model runs, the Flaminia was a long-lived model. Introduced in 1957 to take over for the very dated looking Aurelia, the Flaminia was offered through 1970. Flaminia ushered in modern styling and new levels of luxury for Lancia customers (and some visitors to Italy, like Queen Elizabeth). But upon its cancellation there would never be another large luxury car from the Lancia brand. The furthest upmarket Lancia reached after 1970 were executive-class cars like the 2000 and Gamma. The latter of those two found the brand already under the control of Fiat, which is where it resides today.

Underneath, the Flaminia was a rework of the old Aurelia chassis with an entirely new body. The front suspension was updated to a double wishbone setup, with an anti-roll bar added for good measure. At the rear, the De Dion tube suspension was kept in place. Only the base sedan version had drum brakes and offered discs optionally, while all other versions used discs at all corners.

Pulling out all the stops for its flagship car, Lancia offered the Flaminia in five body styles. The most basic and affordable version was the sedan (Berlina), which was designed by Pininfarina. There were three different coupes on offer, designed and built by Pininfarina, Zagato, and Carrozzeria Touring. Touring was also drafted to build the convertible. The most exclusive and sixth body style was the presidential landaulet sedan, another Pininfarina creation. But those were not available to consumers.

Powering all Flaminias were two Lancia V6 engines, in either 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter displacement. After 1963 the 2.5 was phased out in favor of the larger engine. While the 2.5 managed 140 horses in its final (triple carb) form, the 2.8 upped that figure to 152. Transmissions on offer included a four-speed manual or semi-automatic manual with automatic clutch called Saxomat. The Saxomat transmission had an interesting history through the Fifties and Sixties, and was implemented by many European manufacturers. Each company branded it with their own name to distance it from its use at other brands. The last cars to use the system appeared in the Nineties. Remember Saab Sensonic?

Zagato’s Flaminia offerings included the Sport and Super Sport. Unlike some of the other coupes, their version had only two seats. Utilizing a shorter wheelbase (14 inches shorter than the sedan), it had an aluminum body and was more curvaceous than other Flaminia coupes. The Sport existed until 1964, when the Super Sport took over. The name change signified usage of the larger 2.8-liter engine. The Super Sport was discontinued after 1967 as the Flaminia neared end of production. In total, 150 of 593 Zagato coupes were Super Sport versions.

Today’s 1965 Super Sport is in beautiful condition, residing in Switzerland. In silver over tan hides, it’s priced upon request.

[Images: seller]

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13 Comments on “Rare Rides: An Incredibly Rare 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato...”


  • avatar
    pwrwrench

    Nice!
    Anyone have the winning Lottery numbers?

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    There’s a reason why Clarkson, Hammond, and May drool over the old Lancias. Just look at it. If there is even the slightest atom of gearhead in your blood,…wow…just stunning. Want to get a bunch of Powerball tickets pwrwrench? :-)

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Agree 100%. They viewed Lancia as the manufacturer of the most interesting cars from after WWII until the end of the 20th century.

      Am I the only one who sees a resemblance to a DB5 in the side view?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Just lovely.

    And while you drink this in, pour one out for Lancia. Last time I checked in on them, they were building some silly little city car, and marketing it as some kind of half-as*ed fashion accessory. I’m not even sure they’re doing that anymore.

    Very, very sad.

  • avatar
    lstanley

    I have a lovely old car and a lovely old boat. When describing the car I feel out of place just saying “a 1985 BMW 535i” to 95% blank stares.

    I can’t imagine the exasperation the owner of this car has when talking to someone about their collection.

    “I own a classic Lancia”
    “A what?”
    “A 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato”
    “Cool. My uncle Goober has an old Mustang he says is worth a lot of money.”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Wow – exceptional. This goes straight to my weakness for Italian cars and small V6 engines. Three carbs would be entertaining.

    This car is a work of art, on wheels.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Very specific nitpicks:
    a) The wheelwells are partially squared off. This is Generally Not a Good Idea – see GM pickup trucks for further details.
    b) The height of the rear wheelwell is lower than the height of the front wheelwell, which means we have Pseudo Fender Skirts – which are Almost Never a Good Idea.
    c) Extend the line of the ‘flat’ on the front wheelwell, and then do the same with the rear wheelwell. The lines aren’t tangential, they intersect, and they do so in an arguably disjointed way.

    Those seats are gorgeous, and I love the rear pass-through.

    • 0 avatar
      dinodo

      Can’t argue with your observations on the body design – Lancias have always been an acquired taste.
      The seats, however gorgeous, are incorrect for a Flaminia Zagato. In fact, I can’t think of any Lancia that they were used in.

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        Yeah, boo on ToolGuy for making me like this car slightly less. ;-)

        I’m too lazy to look up Flaminia Zagato seats. These don’t match, I take it?

        Donald Osborne does have some interesting insight on Zagato’s in-house seats when discussing his Fulvia (see: https://youtu.be/mFKxEcQ3r7k?t=844).

  • avatar
    Featherston

    No sliding pillar, no sale! (I kid, of course.)

    This would look nice parked next to a Fulvia Sport in my pipe dream garage.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    Holy Christ, what a beautiful car. I’d really like to see good photos of what the interiors of these things looked like from the factory, though, as opposed to post-restoration!

  • avatar
    RayTo

    The sequel to this car is already available to all of us. The new Toyota Supra.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Have to agree with the criticism of the squared-off wheel arches. Now I can’t unsee them.

    I love the rear “not pretending to be a seat” inside cargo shelf. Just the place to lay down your cashmere overcoat and fine Italian leather briefcase.

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