The Lancia Flavia coupe appeared in 1961 and stayed on sale with a name change until 1975. This is the first time I have ever seen one. Ever.
Lancia kept its models in production for a long time in the period before Fiat bought them. As I am not au fait with the intricacies of the Flavia’s history, I can only show these and ask some questions. The Flavia name retired in 1971 according to the commonly accepted history of the car. The name change to 2000 signified a face-lift and a new, bigger engine, going from 1.8 to 2.0 litres. According to Wikipedia the revised “2000” received the 2.0 engine in 1971. This body work is the Series 2 version. So, why does it say “Lancia Flavia” and “2000” on the boot? I found a 1971 car for sale with the same badges.
A former colleague of mine had one of these and raved about the senselessly expensive refinements (dual metal screws? the rifle-bolt gearchange?). Seen up close, I am a bit disappointed. I don’t like the chrome running past the black triangle aft of the side glass. The black bit is there to make the window line look different to the series 1 cars from 1961. Fine, but why carry on the chrome – it just hangs there.
I’m not mad about the way the chrome slats of the grille are finished. The HF version of the car is better: It has a chrome edge around the whole grille aperture. It reminds me of a Bristol 600-series but far nicer. The proportions don’t look so nice in these photos as I have seen in others. As a car with 1960’s architecture, they had a hard time make it fit into the increasingly angular and wedgy world of the 70’s.
It’s really another odd Lancia. You can see where the Gamma coupe tail-end design came from. Despite all this, I like the car. You can see that the Kappa coupe’s odd proportions are at least in the tradition of curiously unsuccessfully-styled cars. The saloon is, in the last analysis, a more satisfactory car.
The black and white plates are Danish. The car has been in the same hands since 1971 as it still has the old-style design. If it changes hands tomorrow it will be given a new registration, done in the current style.
I accept my revision ignores the car’s front-drive architecture. Still, it looks better and would have made a fine design for a Bristol.