Italian car golden age

December 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Italian motoring industry has, without argument produced some of the most eyewateringingly beautiful cars over the years. For me, there is a period where the design queues and styling were incredible. I am of course talking about the 50’s and 60’s.

During this period of radical societal change across the world and the chill of the cold war, Italy managed to bring some incredibly timeless cars into production, many will be known such as the Ferrari 250 GTO , which won at LeMans and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. but many other Italian cars were equally stunning in appearance.

The 1962 Lancia Flaminia is one of those cars which fills the description of stunning with spades.  with styling by three different coach works, it is an absolutely gorgeous vehicle.  The 2.5l, triple carburetor GT, styled by the famous Carrizzeria Touring studio is one of tghose cars, and the Supperleggera has to be the absolute mutts nuts.

The 2.5l engine with the triple carb, produced 140 BHP, which for the day was very respectable.  While not the fastest or most powerful car on the market at the time, it was definitely one to turn heads and did so in many Italian and french movies of the period, in fact one also appeared on British TV when driven by the character Simon Templar, played by Roger More, in “The Saint”.

This is a car that attracted many famous owners in Europe.  The likes of Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren owned Flaminias.  I can easily imagine Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly driving one.

But the Flaminia was not just a pretty face, one driven by Giulio Cabianca and  Provolo Piergiorgio finished second overall in the 1961 Mille Miglia and  3rd in class in the 1961 Targa Florio.  The racing pedigree was born of an engineering focused company determined to produce a great car, often at the expense of profitability.



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