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Lot 591: Lancia Flaminia Super Sport 'Double Bubble' Coup�

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

This striking Zagato-bodied Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Coup� features the Milanese styling house's renowned 'double bubble' body form in which low overall lines and a rounded streamlined shape are achieved by the simple but ingenious device of convex head-clearance roof bulges above each front seat. One of the oldest and most respected of automotive design firms, Zagato was quick to exploit the popularity of the new GT racing category after WW2, supplying factory teams and catering for the privateer scene with road-able cars that could be driven competitively on the racetrack come the weekend. The creator of some of the most memorable designs of this, arguably Zagato's most productive period, was Ercole Spada. Favouring soft fluent, aerodynamic lines, Spada introduced the sawn-off tail on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato and was also responsible for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and 2600 SZs. His creations on Lancia chassis included the Zagato Sport/Super Sport variants of the Flavia, Fulvia and Flaminia. Introduced at the 1956 Turin Motor Show, the Flaminia retained its Aurelia predecessor's mechanical layout, though Lancia's traditional 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension gave way to a more modern, double wishbone arrangement. Aurelia carry-overs were the 60-degree, 2,458cc, overhead-valve, V6 engine and De Dion rear transaxle with inboard brakes. The Zagato-bodied Sport and Super Sport models shared a shortened wheelbase with the Touring-styled GT/GTL coupes and the Convertible, and all featured disc brakes and increased power. A 2,775cc engine was introduced for 1963, by which time the sportier Flaminias were capable of around 200km/h (130mph). This example of the last word in old-style Lancia design is one of only 187 Flaminia Super Sports made between 1964 and 1967. We are advised that the car had only one owner prior to its acquisition by the current vendor in 1982 (purchase receipt on file). Repainted in 1990 and prepared by Bosato in Turin, Italy, it is finished in grey with original black leather interior and is described as in generally good condition, the body being noted as 'very good'. An inspection report rated the condition of the interior and mechanical parts at that time as 'excellent'. Noteworthy features include the rare optional Borrani wheels and semi-circular long-range auxiliary lights below the front bumper. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned purchase receipt and a French Carte Grise. It should be noted that the chassis number is incorrectly recorded on the latter, the last two digits having been omitted.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number591
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis number826.232 002055
Engine number826.200 2066
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors