Double Bubble, In Trouble – 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato

project coupe sportIntroduced in 1957, the Lancia Flaminia was initially only offered as a berlina, but soon a coupe by Pinin Farina was available and eventually a shorter wheelbase Flaminia sport with achingly beautiful alloy bodywork by Zagato that featured the Milanese coachbuilder’s signature “double bubble” roof. Less than 600 Flaminia Sports and Super Sports were constructed before the model’s demise in 1967, making them one of the more desirable Lancias of the period. This example out of Bethel, Connecticut is one of those precious few, but it sure isn’t pretty anymore. It is surprisingly complete and reportedly rust free, but it has also been sitting for many years and will obviously need a long, very expensive restoration before it hits any show fields.

And what does one pay for a tired old Lancia like this? If you’re talking about this specific car, the asking price is just south of 200 grand, which is steep. The condition is an obvious factor for one, and though the seller quotes the $700,000 sale of a Sport Zagato at RM’s Monaco sale this year, that particular car was one of the earlier, rarer, prettier and significantly more desirable cars with covered headlamps, not to mention a concours restoration and Monaco bidders with lots of euros to spend. This car will never be quite that collectible, but it certainly does deserve to be brought back to its former glory.

Check out the 1959 Lancia Flaminia Zagato here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at $195,000 and open to offers.

Comments

  1. Pedantic quibble with your fine note. Less: inanimate things or concepts, like miles. Fewer: like cars produced.

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