The Flaminia, built from 1957 to 1970, was the flagship offering from Lancia. The Italians named it after the Via Flaminia road, which leads from Rome to Ariminum — and it was a very apt moniker for this was a pure driver’s car. The luxury model, which replaced the Aurelia, could be had in a variety of body styles but without a doubt the most attractive was this, the Spider.
In total, Lancia produced 12,633 Flaminias during its lifespan, but the convertible was only on sale from 1961 to 1964 and you had to be extra quick to put your deposit down on one as just 847 were made. The ’61 model year was a magnificent looker; coachbuilt by Carrozzeria Touring alongside the Maserati 3500, they based the Spider on the wheelbase of the GT, albeit, shortened significantly.
The aluminium bodied two-door, two-seater featured a chrome grille flanked by a pair of round headlights on either side, stacked round taillights and a single tip exhaust, it was a simple yet very elegant-looking car.
Power was supplied by either a 2.5-litre V6 with triple Weber downdraft carburettors that made 130bhp and 186Nm of torque or the 2.8-litre V6 with 160bhp and 215Nm. Both were mated to a four-speed manual transmission that sent the grunt to the rear wheels. It proved very capable on the move and displayed good handling characteristics, too, even though it had a transaxle (the transmission was mated to the differential), but it had a modern (for the time) coil-spring front suspension while stopping power came from four-wheel disc brakes.
This is a very beautiful and desirable car but coming across a Flaminia Spider today isn’t easy — nor is it cheap. Prepare to splash out around Dh750,000 for the cleanest, low-mile examples.