Wednesday, February 4, 2009

1958 Lancia Flaminia Berlina in the US - For Sale on eBay

03/04/09 Update: This car has been relisted. Click here to see the new listing.

The last car offered for sale in the US with the Lancia name was the Beta. Available as a sedan, coupe, HPE (a 2 door, sporty station wagon) and sports car (The Lancia Beta Zagato - known as the Spider in most of the world), the Beta was an interesting, if somewhat uninspired, line of cars that shared the same mechanical and rust problems that plagued its parent company, Fiat. Fiat, along with Lancia disappeared from US showrooms in the early eighties.

Fiat took over Lancia in 1969, but prior to that it was an independent company that made some really spectacular cars.

The car listed on eBay is a 1958 Flaminia sedan. The Flaminia coupe and convertible are starting to become genuine collector's items and the sedan is not far behind.

Designed by Pininfarina, the styling can best be described as an Italian take on 1950s-style American sedans. The small tail fins are cleverly integrated into the roofline and the rear bumper comes up to meet the tail lights. From the front, if you squint hard, you can see shades of the 1955 Chevy Impala. (Sort of. You need to squint really hard) Like the rest of the Flaminia line, the hood has a small scoop.

What's under that hood and scoop is what's really interesting... a 2.5 liter V6. Lancia is credited with developing the world's first production V6 in 1950, and this is an evolution of that engine.
This engine moved the car at a nice pace.

Another interesting feature of this car is its rear window wipers. There are 4 of them. 2 on the outside and 2 on the inside! This feature was discontinued on later cars.

The car being offered on eBay needs total restoration, but appears to be complete.

There were less than 4000 of the Flaminina sedans built, making this a rare car indeed. It deserves a complete restoration.

The car being offered on eBay is located in Simi Valley, CA. The seller doesn't seem to know a lot about the car but has provided some decent pictures. The body appears to only have some minor dents and rust, but I'd e-mail the seller with plenty of questions before bidding. Click here to see the eBay listing.

Some websites worth visiting: The American Lancia Club, Viva Lancia and Ritzsite.

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