We love a good Lancia when we come across one. They seem to attract collectors that have a special appreciation of the genius behind the mechanical design of the components. Some refer to them as jewel-like. We had a Flaminia GT Coupe in the shop and it was impressive. Every switch you operate rewards you with a nice firm click. So we get what they are talking about. The rather unique Lancia today is a lightweight Touring body Flaminia. It is powered by a 2.5 liter V6 producing 112 bhp. Read More
The Holy Grail of Lancia Fulvia lovers is the Series One 1.6HF, otherwise known as the Fanalone. It was the first Fulvia with the 1584cc version of the V4. It had a new block, a new head, a new crankshaft and special 42mm sidedraught Solexes. It also had the first Fulvia five-speed gearbox. This was the base for the most successful Fulvia rally cars. Lancia continued to use them right up to 1974 when the Stratos took over. Fanalones are rare and very valuable but creating a replica eligible for historic rallies, is not too hard. Read More
The big sedan is a Lancia Flaminia Berlina. We don’t what year it is exactly so we can’t tell you if it is a 2.5 or a 2.8 liter V6. Lancia was the first manufacturer to offer a V6 and they got it right. Italian car aficionados admire the engineering excellence that translates to that certain feel. The Berlina is a Pininfarina design and represents the first Lancia model where they made their own bodies. Today’s find is owned by a fastidious Lancisti who has a knack for finding great examples and keeping them in excellent health. Click here for the Berlina.
The Lanica Appia is the little sister to the bigger Flaminia Berlina. The build quality of these small sedans never ceases to delight. And who doesn’t love a little Italian Sedan with suicide doors. Today’s Appia is represented by the same seller, a well-respected Lancia specialist. He claims this must be one of the best examples he has ever driven. It is a Series 3 car therefore it is the most developed and powerful of all. Both cars are listed on his website but you will have to call to get more details. Buy either and sign up for the California Mille right away. Click here for the Appia.
As each day passes, we become increasingly skeptical of Craigslist ads. We like to think this one is real and it probably is. But there are some bizarre references in the listing to make one wonder. For argument sake, let’s pretend it is real. Many of our readers are familiar with cars designed by Zagato. Some say they are among the most daring designs ever to come from Italy. And others are less enthusiastic. Today’s listing is one of those unusual designs that might not appeal to everyone but they sure are rare. And to make this one even more rare, it is right hand drive. Read More
Fiat had a lot of false starts when they commissioned Pininfarina to design a replacement for their 124 Coupe. Early in development, the Montecarlo was known as the Fiat X1/8 Project. The task for Pininfarina was to build a 3.0 litre V6 mid-engined sports car. The project was referred to internally as X1/8. Sound familiar? Because of the oil crisis, the project was renamed X1/20 and updated or should we say downgraded to 2.0 litre. The project was passed to Lancia, and was constructed by Pininfarina in their Turin facility. In Europe, the sports car was called the Lancia Beta Montecarlo and was the first car to be made completely in-house by Pininfarina. Read More
We really like these quirky Zagato Coupes. The front styling takes some getting used to and is reminiscent of the Ford Torinos of the early ’70s. Well maybe just a little. Pretty sure Ford wasn’t inspired by this design. The Zagato Coupe has a funky rear end although it is a bit more together than the front. It does have a unique vent position for the rear window to help exhaust stale air from the cabin. Today’s find is the second Rally version we have featured in the past few months. Read More
The Lancia Fulvia has long been overlooked by enthusiasts in favor of Alfa Romeos. Sure, other Lancias have found a loyal following like the Aurelia B20GT and the Spider with valuations going through the roof. Only recently has the Fulvia found some love. It should because this is one jewel of an automobile. Italian car aficionados who like Alfas now have a ton of respect for the Lancia Fulvia.The engineering and build quality is measurably better than most Alfas. And as a former Alfa owner, we would heartily agree. These Fulvias make terrific rally and event cars because they were terrific rally and event cars in their day. Read More
If Princess Grace (Kelly) came back to life as a car, I think it would be this Lancia. A sad analogy since she died in a car crash but it does work here. The Lancia Aurelia Convertible, although small and unpretentious, is one of the most elegant and well-engineered cars of the period. When the Aurelia B20 Coupe was unveiled it was the most superbly engineered car ever. In fact, the B20, was third in the 1951 Mille Miglia and another was second in the 1952 event, splitting two Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupes. Read More
We rarely begin a listing with WOW. This Lancia Rally Car definitely deserves to be the first. Our new friend, Jamie Martin at Targa Florio Classics, sent this fresh arrival for your consideration. The Fulvia Zagato has some real vintage rally experience and is very well prepared. Read More
This 1960 Lancia Appia GTE Series 3 Zagato Coupe is a rare bird. It is powered by a narrow-angle V-4 engine capable of producing 60 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drum brakes. The Zagato bodied cars were lightweight coupe GTs and proved to be very capable machines in competition, including the Mille Miglia. Read More
We’ll be right up front: this really neat Lancia is in Trieste, Italy. That’s in the northwest corner of the country. We suggest you have someone check it out and make sure it is as described, then fly over for a little vacay. Drive west to Milan and then to the lake areas of Como and Garda. After a week or so, head to the nearest port city, drop it off and wait for its arrival at home. Read More
What an absolutely cool little Italian sedan. Lancias are known for there jewel-like engineering. Many Italian car fans think you should choose a Lancia over an Alfa if all things were equal. There aren’t that many inexpensive Lancia Spiders around so Alfas win on the drop top wars but when you compare sedans or Coupes, there is a choice. Some say the Alfas are more handsome and we tend to agree. A GTV is one of the best designed cars of the decade, the Fulvia GT, not so good…but very cool. Read More
We must confess to liking almost every Lancia except the self-destructive ones from the late ’70s. We stumbled across this rare and beautiful Pininfarina-bodied Coupe in original condition and thought it Mintworthy. It is a 3B 2.8 (tipo 826-030) and pretty much unrestored with a clean ownership history. The Lancia has FIVA and ASI papers. Read More
Close your eyes and imagine you are parked along the streets of Rome waiting for your significant other who might be shopping or getting you a double scoop of nocciolo gelato. You’re anxious to get moving again. To listen to the 4-cylinder jewel of an engine whine through the gears as you pick your way through the traffic like a taxi driver in Bangkok. Read More
Of all Italian cars, Lancia is probably the most underrated. Not by people who know things, however. Talk to any Italian car mechanic and ask them if they would choose an Alfa over a Lancia and they will tell you the answer straight away. They will say, Alfas may be more fun and more attractive but Lancias are engineered like jewels. There are many really valuable Lancias like the Aurelia Coupe, Spider and Convertible. And then there are the lesser cars like the Fulvia and Flavias. Read More