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Coachwork by Zagato
If one purchased a Lancia in the 1950s, there was often a choice of coachbuilders across a single model range. The Flaminia, Lancia’s flagship, could be purchased with bodywork by Pininfarina and Touring, but the most performance-oriented iterations, the Sport and later Super Sport, wore striking, aerodynamic bodies styled by Carrozzeria Zagato.
Introduced at the 1956 Torino Motor Show, the Flaminia replaced the successful Aurelia. Carrying over some of the Aurelia’s mechanical layout including its smooth, overhead-valve V-6 engine, and De Dion rear axle with inboard brakes for excellent balance and low unsprung weight, other developments such as an independent front double-wishbone suspension ensured the Flaminia was one of the more technologically advanced cars of its day. In production until 1970, few exclusive models were made available.
Produced from 1964–1967 in very limited numbers, the Flaminia Super Sport with a revised design and body by Zagato was the best performing and most desirable Flaminia variant. The Super Sport used an enlarged 2.8-liter engine that was introduced for 1963. A limited-slip differential and servo-assisted disc brakes were standard, while three Weber 40 DCN 12 carburetors were optional. Where the model highly deviated was on the outside – while the Super Sport shared its shortened wheelbase with the Flaminia GT/GTL, the Zagato-bodied Lancia wore a restyled lightweight body, and featured recessed “tear drop” headlamps, a more sharply defined Kammback tail, and the Milanese design house’s renowned “double bubble’” roofline. A proven design, it possessed outstanding performance for the time.
Equipped with the high-performance “3C” three-carburetor induction setup, this late-production Zagato Super Sport is finished in an elegant color combination of Grigio Newmarket, a metallic gray, over a red leather interior, and was treated to rejuvenation of the paintwork, upholstery, and mechanicals in 2008 by a previous owner. Under current ownership, and evidenced by over $100,000 in receipts, a no-expense-spared engine rebuild with additional attention to other systems was commissioned and carried out by Winning Makes in Santa Barbara, California. While today the paintwork could benefit from some refurbishment, the car is otherwise described in generally very good condition, with the mechanicals displaying the high quality of work performed. Sitting on correct Michelin X tires, the Lancia is offered with a jack and spare tire.
The Super Sport Zagato is an extremely capable grand touring car that is comfortable and highly usable for numerous driving events. One of only 187 Super Sport Zagatos ever made and seldom coming to market, it would complement any collection of Italian coachbuilt sports cars.