If only Lancia still built cars like this today.
Tired of seeing Lancias simply being rebadged Chryslers? So are we, but it's important to remember there was a time when Lancias were some of the most beautifully designed Italian road cars produced. And early next month, Bonham's will be auctioning off this 1968 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport 'Double Bubble' coupe at their Paris, France event. With a body designed by Zagato, this Flaminia Super Sport also has the Milan-based design house's famous 'double bubble' roof.
However, this roof has a more slanted design. It also has some beautiful lines that give the car a wonderful streamlined shape. Not only is it one of the oldest and most famous design houses, but Zagato gained a lot of success after World War II with the emergence of the GT racing category. Ercole Spada, Zagato's design genius at the time, preferred soft fluent, aerodynamic lines and a sawn-off tail. These were first seen on the Alfa Romeo Guilia Tubolare Zagato and his work was also on other Lancias such as the Flavia and Fulvia. The Flaminia was launched at the 1956 Turin Motor Show and was powered by an overhead-valve V6.
However, the Zagato-bodied Flaminia Sport and Super Sport models shared a shortened wheelbase with the Touring-styled GT/GTL coupes and convertible. And now this original Lancia Flaminia, only one of 150 Zagato Super Sports made, will be sold to one lucky and wealthy bidder. Its white exterior and red leather interior has always been well maintained by various Italian collectors and it's also reportedly in mechanically sound condition. It's estimated to go for somewhere from €135,000 to €165,000 on February 2nd. Photos courtesy of Bonham's.