car should be unexcelled for high-speed, long-distance touring in comfort… the
quality is of a kind only possible in handmade cars, and to get it you have to
be willing to pay. For those who are willing, it offers transportation that is,
beyond doubt, in the fabled grand manner.” Road & Track tries a new Lancia Flaminia Sport
Zagato in November 1960
Few marques generate as
much loyalty and sheer enthusiasm as Lancia. Highly advanced in its day, a
Lancia Granturismo of the 1950s and early 1960s was, without
question, a ‘thinking man’s GT’, a car for true connoisseurs and the choice of
champions. Juan-Manual Fangio, winner of five F1 World Titles and the 1953
Carrera Panamericana at the wheel of a Lancia D24, chose an Aurelia B20 GT for
the long journeys from Modena or Maranello to races across the length and
breadth of Europe.
Gianni Lancia’s creations
were the ‘brain’ to Enzo Ferrari’s ‘brawn’. In Mexico in 1953, Fangio’s D24
gave away some 15mph flat out to Maglioli’s big Ferrari 375 MM yet he led home
a comfortable Lancia 1-2-3. The first car from Maranello finished some 1½ hours
In 1958, when Carrozzeria
Zagato worked their magic on the new Flaminia GT, a legend was born.
Undoubtedly a Lancia, indisputably a Zagato: the new car was destined for greatness.
Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato
Zagato’s take on Lancia’s
new Flaminia first appeared at the 1958 Turin Motor Show and was based on the
chassis, running gear and shorter, 2,520mm wheelbase of the Flaminia GT.
Clothed entirely in handcrafted aluminium, it was a typical design from the
Milanese coachbuilder: low, aerodynamic and functional. Under the bonnet sat a
production – 119bhp, 2.5-litre, single-carb V6 – Flaminia GT engine, but thanks
to Zagato’s wind-cheating design top speed was now 112mph.
production the following year, the new Flaminia Sport Zagato was built on bare
chassis supplied by Lancia. Inevitably, with both houses having such a fine
competition record, some were raced and rallied, but the elegant coupé came
into its own as a favourite of discreet businessman and more discerning figures
in public life. Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni was one.
The first 99 cars bore streamlined, faired-in
headlamps. In 1960, to meet new Italian regulations, the balance of the first
series carried open headlamps in the style of the contemporary Ferrari 250 GT
SWB. The famous ‘double bubble’ roof was a feature found on Flaminia Zagatos.
In total, specialist
sources suggest that, when production finished in 1967, some 599 Flaminia Sport
Zagatos had been produced. Later cars had variations in engines and
carburettors while, from 1964, the final Super Sport was a heavily restyled
version with a ‘Kamm’ tail.
Each has its proponents.
Some prefer the later car’s aggression and more scientific aerodynamics, while
others favour the delicacy of the earlier version, whose finely crafted lines
are shown off so well by this example built in 1962.
According to the Certificato di Origine from
Lancia Classiche dated 25 September 2019, this car was completed on 9 October
1962. It was a Flaminia Coupé Sport 3C and the notation assegnata a Zagato
confirms that the car was destined for clothing by the great Milanese
coachbuilder. The certificate notes chassis number 3495, engine number 13657 –
both ‘matching’ numbers it bears today.
As delivered, ‘3495’ was completed in Grigio
Cascine with Pelle Chiara interior – a sophisticated combination of very dark
grey with pale beige leather. Recent research by Kidston SA has revealed the
following ownership trail:
First owner (VC 76480). Registered on 30/11/1962 by Conte Massimiliano
Second owner (TO 743745). Registered on 4/10/1965 by Gianni Sola, bought
for 1,000,000 Lire
Third owner (GE 357756). Registered on 3/5/1968 by Maurizio Ricci,
bought for 300,000 Lire
Fourth owner (GE 357756). Registered on 6/8/1969 by Adele Boffelli,
bought for 50,000 Lire
Fifth owner (GE357756). Registered on 29/10/1970 by Lazzaro Ferrando,
bought for 30,000 Lire
Sixth owner (GE357756). Registered on 4/12/1991 by Carlo Giribaldi,
bought for 30,000,000 Lire
Seventh owner (GE 357756). Registered on 29/12/1994 by Roberto Bubani,
bought for 15,000,000 Lire
Eighth and last registered owner (GE 357756). Registered on 10/7/2007
The aristocratic Zanon di Valgiurata family
of Vicenza had founded Banque Morval, a Geneva-based private bank. Various
members of the Zanon family were closely associated with motor racing – typical
upper-class clients for Lancia at the time. Count Giuseppe Zanon and his
cousin, Count Vittorio, supported drivers such as Ronnie Peterson, Michele
Alboreto and Ayrton Senna.
Appreciating the interesting unbroken history
of this Flaminia Zagato, in September 2019, Kidston SA commissioned an
independent inspection report by marque expert Fabio Calligaris. In his
September 2019 summary he concluded:
The car is genuine, and the serial numbers are all correct. The engine
has the correct prefix, 823-10
Other than a general check-up, no major work is necessary before using
Since then, under the direction of respected
Italian Lancia specialist Fratelli Galbiati of Milan, award-winning bodyshop
Carrozzeria Cremonini returned the car to its original livery of Grigio Cascine
and also attended to various cosmetic details, bringing the car up to a good
standard of finish for today’s collector. Modenese firm Interni Auto,
responsible for many concours-standard Ferraris, retrimmed the interior in
correct Pelle Chiara.
In addition, the car received a major service
at the legendary Milan garage of Giuliano Facetti, the Lancia and Alfa Romeo
specialist who, with his brother Carlo, made the family name famous racing
mostly Italian cars in the ’60s and ’70s.
This is a ‘matching numbers’ Flaminia Sport
Zagato in superb original colours, with the more powerful three carburettor
engine, fresh to the market, now on the button and ideal for a multitude of
Grand Touring and concours events.