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Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato (1963 - 1967)

Last updated 21 June 2013

 
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Drives like a Flavia, but it's more responsive
Outlandish looks won't appeal to everyone

Introduction

The Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato is not a beautiful car. Not in the conventional sense of the word. It was created to be striking in a period when Zagato abandoned its classically beautiful lines. The stylisng house which had enjoyed associations with Aston Martin was Alfa Romeo, as wall as Lancia, was commissioned to create the Sport, based on the short wheelbase platform of the convertible.

The curvaceous bodywork was a million miles away from the three-box Berlina, and even the Coupé looked restrained in comparison. However in lightweight form and with twin carburettors, the Sport lived up to its name, proving quick and agile on the road, and sensational in corners. However, sales weren’t good, due to the high cost (and challenging styling?), and following Fiat takeover of Lancia in 1969, coachbuilt models by outside design houses were pre pretty much halted overnight.

 

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