The name Pininfarina has quite a mystique about it. Since 1930 they have provided design services to several vehicle companies ranging from the exotic Ferrari and Maserati, to those that you may not have guessed, like GM and Hyundai. Another client of theirs was, and is, Lancia. This 1963 Lancia Flavia is on Craigslist with an asking price of $10,400 and it’s located in Alexandria, Virginia. Thanks to George for submitting this find!
The Lancia Flavia was named after an ancient Roman road: Via Flavia. Why was there never an American car named after Route 66? Who’s with me on that?! (sound of hundreds of feet shuffling towards the door) The Flavia was produced from 1961 to 1970 and believe it or not, they were front-wheel drive. The car for sale here looks great in the photos, but upon a closer look, a lot, and I mean a lot, of rust is revealed. The seller says that the car was “painted in primer to prevent any additional rust. Some rust in rocker panels, rear quarter panel and under drivers seat/rear passenger floor. All areas where suspension and drive train are mounted to the body are solid and have no rust.”
Photos like the one above scare the living daylights out of me. I’ve seen so many jury-rigged devices on used vehicles over the last few years, and smelled enough gas and oil and had leaky, smelly, rusty vehicles that looked great in photos but then you discover something like a temporary jug holding some sort of fluid with a hose or two in it. The “mechanics have been sorted with new fuel pump, rebuilt water pump, gas tank cleaned and repaired new sender unit, new exhaust headers, rebuilt Solex carburetors, ball joints/steering link, and other steering bushings.” I’m not sure what the jug is for if things have been sorted out? Some sort of overflow, maybe?
There are no engine photos, and this one has a 90 hp, 1.8L flat-four, or a boxer, somewhat similar to what Subaru and others have used for years. Supposedly, it “runs, stops and drives well.” The interior, as you can see, looks good overall but could use some tidying up. The red duct tape is a great temporary solution until the next owner can justify the cost of new upholstery. Have any of you owned a Lancia? How about a front-wheel drive car from this era from any maker?