by J Kraus
The Pinninfarina-styled Lancia Flaminia Berlina was introduced in 1957, and in 1959 the line was expanded to include a Pinninfarina designed Coupé, a Zagato Sport Coupé and the Touring GT Coupé shown here. In 1960, a Convertible version of the GT became available.
This GT is one of only 168 built by Carrozzeria Touring in the 2.8 litre triple-carburettor configuration.
The classic body-color instrument panel, dominated by two large dials, is a study in elegant simplicity. It was designed in a symmetrical fashion that was unique to the Touring-bodied Flaminias with the glove box lid echoing the shape of the instrument cluster.
The speedometer incorporates the minor gauges for fuel, oil pressure, oil temperature and water temperature, while the tachometer includes various warning lamps and a tonneau-shaped clock at the 6 o’clock position. A typically subtle yet stylish Lancia detail is the triangular-shaped bezel between the speedometer and tachometer that houses the turn-indicator and main-beam lamps.
As with most of John’s cars, this Flaminia is actively rallied, which explains the three stopwatches in the centre of the instruent panel, which were put through their paces during numerous events including the 2000 Tour Auto and 2008 France Tour Classic.