Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Lancia's sublime Flaminia appeared in many forms in its lengthy production run from 1957-70. There were saloons, coupés, cabriolets, presidential limousines, and all manner of coachbuilt specials - SuckSqueezeBangBlow has eagerly hunted down a few over the years; this Zagato Sport was a highlight, and perhaps the favourite is this unique 2.8 Speciale.
Now, if you were to take that Speciale, chop the roof off and flip the tail-lights round, you'd basically get this: the Flaminia 3C. It's a 1964 model built by Carrozzeria Touring, using their trademark Superleggera construction. Pretty little thing, isn't it? And that celebrated 2.8-litre V6 - an evolution of the world's first production V6, no less - with its triple-barrel carb and 150bhp was more than enough to hustle the light-as-a-feather drop-top along with spritely finesse back in the 'On Days Like These' era. There's something about the way it's arching its eyebrows that's strangely alluring too...
Spotted at Salon Privé 2014 - click here for more photos.