The Flaminia was the first Lancia designed by Antonia Fessici and was the company’s flagship when launched in 1957. Fessici had finally broken with tradition and discarded the previously used vertical coil independent front suspension in favor of wishbones. The engine was a 2.5-liter V6 driving through an aft-mounted gearbox and de Dion rear axle. In 1964 the 3C version was introduced with a 2.8-liter engine producing 152 horsepower.
Without doubt the most attractive coachwork on these chassis was the “Double Bubble” coupe by Zagato, of which 187 were built. They are quite simply a stunning combination of all Italian machinery and cosmetic design.
This original triple-carburetor Super Sport was sold new in Milan in 1966, and spent a number of years in a Swiss collection. It was later imported to the UK and at one time was in the ownership of Martin Cliffe, the owner and founder of renowned Lancia specialist Omicron Engineering. When contacted recently by the present owner, Mr. Cliffe confirmed the car to be a correct and original example that had never undergone major restoration simply because it had never been necessary. Nevertheless, over the years work has been carried out as when required, and records of the work are on file. He also confirmed that it had been a former National Lancia Concours trophy winner.
Today, the car presents well. Its paintwork, despite now having some age, is good, and the interior, which has at some time been refurbished in red leather, is in very good order. We have not had the opportunity to road test the car, but we are informed that it drives well and that a new clutch has been recently fitted.