Thursday, 27 January 2011

Lancia Florida

The 1955 Lancia Florida was a show car aimed squarely at the American market. Using the Lancia Aurelia as a platform, the sumptuous bodywork was crafted by Pininfarina, housing a lazy V8 tuned for boulevard cruising and an oh-so fifties interior in lipstick red.

Beautiful, unique design features included the de rigeur suicide doors, flying buttresses and the superbly odd front-end combo of teeny-tiny headlights and massive spotlights. Only four were built (fully functional models all, with advanced independent suspension and transaxles for improved weight distribution and handling), but the three-box design language carried over into the Flaminia Berlina.

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