1964 Lancia Flaminia 2.8 3B Coupé
Why am I an Automotive Masterpiece?
The Lancia Flaminia was born in 1956, in the sedan version, to replace the previous Aurelia. Elegant and classy, it imposed itself on the automotive market as the "representative car". It is a large car, equipped with a 6-cylinder V engine with two and a half liters displacement, delivering about 100 hp, which makes it reach a top speed of 160 km/h. The chosen name of a Roman consular road maintains the road taken by Lancia with the Aurelia and the Appia. The style marks an epochal turning point and influences the whole car production. For the first time, the compact and curvilinear style is abandoned for a bodywork composed of various surfaces joined together with edges, thus obtaining a long and elegant car profile. The success of the Flaminia sedan was immediate, forcing Lancia to immediately think of a sports version. Lancia decided to create a single frame that could be covered by the best Italian coachbuilders, thus giving birth to the three sports versions of Pininfarina, Zagato and Touring, all with a coupé shape but very different from each other, presented in 1958 during the XV Salone dell’Automobile in Turin. The best sports version is certainly the one designed by Zagato which shortens the pace, lightens the car and looks for a better performance. Touring presents a version that combines luxury and sportiness, while the Pininfarina coupe remains a luxury model that can also carry up to 4 people. The Pininfarina version stands out for the reduction in the longitudinal dimensions and for the absence of the rear doors. The Turin master started from the prototype of the previous year: "Florida", abandoned the American-style windscreen and streamlined the rear, made the curvilinear lines lose for the first time and gave space to new edges. The mechanics in the Pininfarina’s version did not present great revolutions other than the shortening of the wheelbase, the increase in power that went from 100 hp to 119, pushing it up to 170 km / h: the only change of excellence was the disc brakes. Although it took part in motor racing competitions with good successes, this coupé remained more of a representation car than a sports car. In 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Pininfarina presented the third series "3B-2.8", the bodywork did not undergo any change, but the mechanics were elaborated, thanks to a 2.8-liter engine, more elastic with a much more powerful torque, obtaining a significant improvement in the resumption without however affecting the top speed which went from 171 to 181 km/h.
This 1964 Lancia Flaminia coupé 2.8 3B was delivered new to Marcello Mastroianni, the famous Italian actor, who kept it between the April 23rd and June 25th of 1965 as shown by the original vehicle registration document and the chronological extract. In 1965, Mastroianni was a very successful actor, starring in films like "Casanova '70", directed by Mario Monicelli, "La decima vittima", directed by Elio Petri, "Oggi, domani, dopodomani", directed by Eduardo De Filippo, Marco Ferreri and Luciano Salce. Also, in 1965, the documentary “Mastroianni. Un casanova dei nostri tempi” the car was filmed. Indeed, more in-depth research can bring out photographic images of the car and the great actor. A keen Lancista, Mastroianni was one of the icons of the 1960s and one of the most important actors of the time: chassis 1469 was not his first Flaminia as he already owned the gorgeous Zagato-bodied SS chassis *2001* as well as another Touring-bodied Convertible. After staying briefly in the actor's ownership, chassis 1469 was sold to Mr. Marino Bisoli, who kept the car until 1970, when he sold it to Mr. Giorgio Marchetti, the third owner, who kept it for only three months before selling it to the fourth owner, who had the Flaminia until 1976. After two further ownership changes, the car was sold in 2005 and was auctioned in 1000 Finarte event on May 13, 2019. Still with its original tan Connolly leather interior, this Flaminia had the body restored; the mechanics is in working order; it is equipped with the double set of original keys and the original use and maintenance manual.