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The Flaminia Coupe
The Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe launched in 1959 was closely based on Battista “Pinin” Farina’s “Florida II” show car of 1957. The distinctive, clean, and elegant look, with its angular architecture of contrasting panels with strong inclines joined by short radius curves, not only set the coachbuilder’s style for the 1960s, but became the basis of the style of “personal luxury” coupes for decades to follow. This design was considered by Battista Farina to be his favorite of all, and he drove the Florida II or a Flaminia PF coupe until his death in 1966.
This 3B Coupe, with its 2,458 cc V-6 engine equipped with the fascinating Solex triple inline-barrel carburetor, also fitted to the original Porsche 911, represents the second series of the model. Of the total 5,236 Flaminia PF Coupes produced over the run that lasted until 1967, just 948 of this type were built between 1962 to 1963. Sold new in Savona, Italy, and originally finished in Argento with Cuoio leather, this example was restored in the late 1980s by noted marque specialists KCA in Milan. Brought to the US in 1997, this Flaminia has been under its current ownership since 2005. After much enjoyment on the road, especially on vintage rally events such as the New England 1000, a second restoration was begun three years ago and recently completed.
This work, conducted by noted classic car specialist Wayne Carini’s F40 Motorsports in Portland, Connecticut, included a bare-metal respray in the model-correct colors of Grigio Flemington and Nero, a rare but very fashionable two-tone scheme.
Mechanical work conducted by F40 Motorsports included a carburetor rebuild as well as a valve adjustment. The crankshaft and bearings were addressed. The charging system and brake system were rebuilt, including booster and master cylinder. In addition, the driveshaft and flywheel were balanced. A recent compression and leak-down test confirmed the health of the V-6 engine.
Carini’s team oversaw the selective reupholstering of the interior in correct grain leather, one of the last genuine Connolly hides, in the original shade of Cuoio. In addition,they supervised the extensive re-chroming and polishing of alloy trim pieces, with a great deal of time and attention spent sourcing NOS trim from specialists in Italy, including taillights, correct Carello headlights, interior and exterior rearview mirrors, and any small trim pieces that could not be replated or polished. An extensive photographic record of the restoration work accompanies the sale of the car.
Truly a classic in all definitions of the word, the Lancia Flaminia 3B Pininfarina Coupe is one of the most important and historic silhouettes of the postwar period, an influence that spread widely for decades afterwards and remains as attractive today as when it first emerged from the Pinin Farina studios 55 years ago.
The most sophisticated collectors in the world have discovered the myriad charms of Lancias of the 1950s and 1960s. The time has come for this little-known model to be recognized for the unique qualities, dynamic, and aesthetic, which combine to set it among the pantheon of postwar Lancia models.