- Comprehensively overhauled drivetrain
- Just 3 owners from new
- Matching numbers vehicle
- Specialist-fitted LPG conversion (2018)
- Used EVERYDAY by its architect owner, yes, you read that right!
A video of the car being driven is visible here
Launched in 1961 as a saloon, with coupé and convertible variants following soon, this pretty little Pininfarina designed car was widely acclaimed and held in high regard. Going on to win multiple rallies, it became an iconic part of Lancia’s motorsport and luxury car heritage.
Here we have a largely original, very nicely specified post-facelift coupé. Benefitting from the more powerful flat-four 1.8-litre engine and, for the time, some technical advances, it’s a car that has huge potential and has already been significantly overhauled mechanically.
The History and Paperwork
- Manufactured in 1968 and first registered in October 1968
- Just 3 owners from new
- Current owner since April 2017
- Comprehensive mechanical overhaul carried out by current owner
- Car has covered 58,000Km since the overhaul
- LPG conversion by specialist (Landi system)
- Car only being sold due to other projects and lack of time
- The owner also has a large number of spares, from a whole disassembled car, that are also available by negotiation
- White vinyl upholstery
- Wood veneer dashboard
- Largely original
Finished in a fetching combination of cream carpet, white and dark blue vinyl upholstery and wood trim, this charming coupé has a lovely cabin specification. At some point a radio/cassette system has been installed, with rear speakers being fitted to the parcel shelf. Also the current owner thinks the upholstery may have been retrimmed prior to their ownership, but otherwise it’s very much as it would have been when it left the factory.
For the age of the vehicle, overall the cabin and boot areas are in reasonable, unrestored condition. There are a handful of issues any new owner may wish to address, including a couple of tears in the driver’s seat upholstery, a tear to the dash vinyl below the stereo and two cracks in the dashboard, one in the top of the instrument binnacle and another in the centre of the upper dashboard. The headlining is secure and not sagging, and mostly in good condition, although one of the seams has parted and needs to be re-stitched. However, none of these are serious issues, are purely cosmetic and relatively easily fixed.
In the boot an LPG tank has been professionally fitted, there is also a full-size spare wheel with its original vinyl cover and some tools. The boot is also trimmed with a rubber floor liner. Underneath the liner there is some surface corrosion to the boot floor, as well as there being some surface corrosion to the inner boot lip and underside of the parcel shelf.
The door cards are all in good condition, with the trim being intact and complete. Across the dash, all of the switchgear and instrument clusters look well, with no damage and a nice level of attractive patina. We’re told by the vendor that everything functions as it should.
- Lovely Capri Blue paintwork
- Original wheels with chrome hub-caps
- Solid and clean underside
That Capri Blue paintwork really does suit the car very well, highlighting its elegant proportions and sharp lines perfectly. The owner has maintained it well, regularly waxing it to protect it. Generally it looks to be in a nice state, with only minor paintwork blemishes and marks, as you’d expect from an unrestored 54-year-old vehicle.
It offers a striking contrast to the brightwork that adorns so much of the car. The grille, bumpers, headlight surround and bullet-mirrors are particularly attractive. All of the external trim is in fine, unrestored condition and presents well, with the only damage we observed being the cracked glass of the driver’s side mirror. The glass area, light lenses and badging all appears complete and in a good state of repair.
Generally the body panels are in very good condition, with no evidence of corrosion or significant damage. The owner reports that the car does wear a few dings and minor dents, including two small ‘parking’ dings inflicted by other drivers on the front and also on the rear bumper.
The wheels are the original white-painted, 15” steel items with Lancia-branded chrome hub-caps. They look to be in fine condition, with only a little surface corrosion to the steel. Currently they are shod in Vredestein Snowtrac3 tyres, but the vendor informs us that these are probably due for replacement.
Looking at the underneath of the vehicle, it seems to be in excellent condition, the floor panels, sills and visible running gear all look very solid, straight and clean. It’s clearly been well cared for over the years. There is some light surface corrosion evident in places, but nothing significant or unexpected. The one area the new owner may need to address is a split in the underseal on the rear passenger side floor pan, here there is some more significant surface corrosion that would probably be best addressed sooner rather than later.
- 1.8-litre flat-four carbureted engine
- Lovely typical flat four engine sound
- Manual 4-speed, all-synchro transmission
- Significant mechanical overhaul in 2016
- LPG conversion, don't be deterred, your wallet will thank you
With its front-engined, front-wheel-drive layout and a number of technical advancements including an all-aluminium engine-block, all-round disc brakes and “parallelogram” independent front suspension, the Flavia was quite a revolutionary car for Lancia. Here, the engine bay and drivetrain elements look in good order, with no evidence of leaks or any mechanical issues. As usual with Lancias the engineering is top-notch, with numerous brass and copper components.
In the current keeper’s stewardship, they tell us that the car has been subjected to a comprehensive mechanical overhaul. Some of the work that has been carried out includes: engine overhaul and service, complete renewal of the braking system, new radiator core, new silent blocks, new steering linkage bearings, new hub bearings, new shock absorbers and refurbished leaf springs. The owner has also had an LPG system professionally installed.
We’re told by the vendor that the vehicle drives and performs very well, with no smoke or leaks and is very reliable, not surprising as it's his daily car, along with a Lancia Thesis. If you want a battle-tested everyday car with unrivalled looks this could well be it!
It’s obvious to say, but like so many Italian cars of the period, the Flavia is a vanishingly rare sight on our roads. This is a real shame, as it’s a handsome and prettily detailed coupé with a very interesting and technically accomplished drivetrain.
Here we have a true survivor, presented in a lovely specification and largely unrestored condition. Whether you simply want to address one of two of the cosmetic issues and enjoy the car as it is, or are after a great basis for a complete restoration, this delightful little car would make an excellent choice. With a largely rebuilt drivetrain, it should offer many more years of stylish classic motoring.
You can see more of the car in video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLbeKGnHjjs