This Lancia Flavia may have the longest model script across any boot lid, but we love its simplicity and looks.
Coys Auctioneers will offer this slice of history at their forthcoming Wayne Plit Collection Sale in Steyn City, Midrand, South Africa (est: £33,000- £37,000).
Designed by Professor Antonio Fessia in the late 1950s, the Lancia Flavia had a host of oddities that made this Italian rag-top irresistible.
Timeless novelties included a horizontally opposed aluminium 4 cylinder engine, a four speed gearbox that could be extracted via unbolting the frame, split circuit disc brakes and even fuel injection was given some placement later.
Introduced for sale in the UK 1961, it was the first Italian production car to implement front wheel drive. Rocker switches, dash and pure nostalgia make this a wonderful car that oozes style and integrity.
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On first release the car available in four-door saloon form, which was then partnered by a two-door coupé, designed by Pininfarina on a shortened platform. Vignale then built 1601 two-door convertibles, designed by Giovanni Michelotti. Zagato, meanwhile, designed a light weight two-door sport version.
This steel-bodied Vignale was based on the shorter coupe type floor pan and was initially equipped with a 1500 cc engine later up-rated to 1.8 litres, and with twin carburettors. The Flavia Sport and Convertible were the rarest and most desirable cars of the Flavia range and looked particularly good with the optional steel hard top.
Michelotti, who designed the car for Vignale, obviously had difficulty hiding the rectilinear architecture of the saloon underpinnings and the convertible is quite a square, sober design, though lifted by nice details, such as the rather long model scripting on the boot lid.
The Maserati style front, with a pouting grill and twin headlights gives the Italian convertible a tenacious smile, without too much bling. The Vignale was a very expensive purchase when new in the UK, and only 49 right hand drive examples were built.
This rare car was imported from the UK a few years ago and is possibly the only one in South Africa. Elegantly finished in Silver with a blue/grey interior, she comes with a factory hardtop and boasts a comprehensive history file to support the mileage of 68,000 miles.