Rare injected Flavia by Zagato, arguably the best in existence.
1966 Lancia Flavia Sport 1.8 Zagato
Chassis Number – 818.432.001618
Exterior Color – Copper Metallic
Interior Color – Black Leather
Engine Type – 1.8 L OHV Boxer 4-Cylinder
Gearbox – 4-Speed Manual
Current Kilometers – 174 Kms (TMU)
Highlights of This Car
- One of 512 Zagato bodied 1.8 Liter examples
- One of 32 built with factory Kugelfischer Fuel Injection
- Exceptionally fine restoration to very high standards
Marque and Model History
One of the foremost Italian automobile manufacturers, Lancia has continually delivered innovative and advanced automobiles to generations of enthusiasts. Always ahead of the competition with suspension, engine designs, and unique drivetrains, Lancia pioneered automobile concepts still used today in modern cars. Among the most advanced of their post war offerings, the Flavia featured advanced unibody construction, 4-wheel disc brakes, and a flat-four aluminum engine. The lightweight engine was uniquely constructed to deliver a low center of gravity while power was delivered via front wheel drive. This novel platform engineering allowed for significant interior passenger comfort contained in a compact design. The Flavia also proved to be an agile performer under a range of driving conditions.
Though the initial design was released in 1961, by 1963 the upgraded 1.8L engine was offered along with a unique Ercole Spada penned design constructed by Zagato. When first released, the Zagato design was heralded as an Avant Garde expression redefining the limits of conventional aesthetics. The panoramic glass work, novel grill treatment, canted quad headlamps, hinged rear glass for interior ventilation, and uncluttered body lines were so advanced for the period, it was an immediate hit with fashion-forward Italian buyers. In subsequent years, it’s easy to see how many other cars were influenced in detail and proportion by this advanced architecture. In the last year of production, Lancia offered Kugelfischer fuel injection. Though this upgrade was an important performance feature which greatly improved the driving experience, only 32 examples were made.
History of this Car
This example is one of 32 Zagato Sport models assembled at the factory with fuel injection. It is understood to be the eighth from the last example of just 512 1.8L Zagato bodied cars produced. Formerly under ownership by renowned Italian car collector Leo Schigiel, this example was sold to the current owner in 2016, at that time finished in red with tan interior, then showing 3,615kms. The car had been previously restored to a high level, but the current owner embarked on a cost no object restoration attending to every detail of the car to arrive at the exceptional level seen today. Currently indicating 174 kms, the odometer zeroed out at the conclusion of the current restoration. Under prior ownership this car participated in the 2016 Pebble Beach Road Tour, attended, and was displayed the 2017 90th Anniversary Mille Miglia, and was exhibited at the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance where it won an award in its class.
Today this stunning Lancia presents as one of the finest restored examples in existence. The paint is glossy and smooth throughout with stunning reflections. Panel fit is excellent on all opening features with closures well beyond factory standards for the doors, hood, and trunk. The exterior chrome is show quality as are the lenses, windshield, lighting, and emblems. The delicate Lancia and Flaminia Sport script lettering are beautifully finished touches of jewelry. The grille and center emblem are particularly nice as are the refinished Lancia steel wheels with embossed wheel covers, polished wheel trim. and Michelin 185 SR15 radial tires. The rare, contoured glass, including the rising roofline glass, are in excellent condition. The daring concave rear glass can be raised open to allow cabin ventilation.
The interior is beautifully finished with supple leather seats showing virtually no evidence of use. The matching side panels and door cards are also in excellent condition. The contoured dash is very handsome featuring a beautifully restored instrument cluster showing excellent color and detail. The carpet, headliner, and rear seating area are also exemplary. A Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel fronts the dashboard which houses a Motorola Solid State Stereo FM radio and 4-speed manual shift lever, both of which are positioned in the descending center console. The finishes throughout the interior are beautifully prepared both to a very high level of finish and authenticity. The trunk is also correctly finished using satin black paint and a correct fluted rubber floor mat. An upright Michelin spare tire is positioned in the tire recess.
Under the hood, the advanced flat four-cylinder engine has been correctly finished to show standards displaying proper factory tags and labels, correct hoses, fasteners, hardware, and properly finished inner fenders. The battery was replaced in January 2023, while various components reflect factory FISPA, Magnetti Marelli, SEV Motorola branding. The rare Kugelfischer fuel injection and metal air box are also in place and beautifully finished. The underside of the car is in exceptionally fine condition, essentially fresh from restoration, welcoming even the most particular Lancia specialists to challenge their knowledge of finishes, factory suspension markings, and construction details.
The car starts easily and settles into a smooth idle. The fuel injection allows for effortless starts and operation under either light acceleration or more spirited use. The four-speed gearbox is easily engaged for smooth starts and the higher shifting position a welcoming surprise of ergonomic ease particularly under spirited driving. The car takes off briskly revealing a progressive power band. Zagato performed a great deal of weight savings with their construction techniques and sparse trim which further benefits the 101 hp engine. Braking from the four-wheel discs is excellent via a tall pedal which tracks evenly when coming down from highway speeds.
A marvel of design and engineering, this Flavia Sport must be counted as one of the best examples in the world today. Restored as a project of passion without regard to cost, this rare fuel injected example is ready for the next fortunate owner to drive, show, or participate in vintage tours with confidence and pride knowing they are driving one of the most advanced automobiles of the 20th century.
Included with this Car
This Lancia Flavia Sport comes with a set of tools and case, jack, Flavia owner’s manual and supplement, a side view mirror, placards, mementos, and ribbon, from top tier concours events, a Mille Miglia flag, and MM yearbook still in the protective plastic wrap.
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