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Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Luxurious Lancia Flaminia and Its Star-Studded Past

1959 Lancia Flaminia

The Lancia Flaminia was built from 1957 to 1970 as the brand’s luxury flagship model. It replaced the Aurelia and was available as either a sedan, coupe, or convertible. The coupe and convertible were crafted by Italian coachbuilders, making them pricier than the sedan variant. Despite the extra price, the coupes outsold the four-door sedans. There were a total of 12,633 Lancia Flaminias produced during its 13-year run.

In addition to the models designed for the average citizen, there were also four stretch limousine Flaminias that were used on state occasions. These were commissioned by President Gronchi in 1960 when Queen Elizabeth II announced plans for a visit to Italy. Today, two of these are in museums while two actually remain in service for special state occasions.

1962 Lancia Flaminia

The Flaminia, named after the Via Flaminia road from Rome to Ariminum, had an upgraded version of the Aurelia chassis, with double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and an anti roll bar. The rear-mounted transaxle was the same as the Aurelia’s. The Flaminia featured a more powerful version of the world’s first V6, which was originally used in the Aurelia.

The first Flaminia had a 2.5-liter V6 with 102 horsepower and a single carburetor, or a triple carburetor with 140 horsepower. The engine saw improvements in the 1960s, with a 2.8-liter engine featuring 152 horsepower available as the most powerful Flaminia variant. The Flaminia was considered a luxury vehicle in its day and not only served as an official state car, but was driven by the likes of Sofia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn. Such an attractive car is a fashionable fit for these greats.