Italian Flagship! 1971 Lancia 2000 Sedan

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This is a car you don’t see every day! Lancia’s are well known in Europe, but you don’t see them on this side of the Atlantic very often, and I’ve never seen this particular model before. It’s a 1971 2000 Sedan. This unusual Italian is located at a dealership in Miami, Florida, and is for sale here on eBay with a buy it now of $10,900 but you’re encouraged to make an offer below that.

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Boxy and practical, the 2000 was a development of the Flavia sedan, and featured a small flat four of just under two liters. Yes, I said flat four! Front wheel drive, too! And with four wheel disc brakes and independent suspension at all four corners as well, this model was truly advanced for its day. In this picture, you can just make out where some previous repainting work has gone bad on the passenger side rear door. There’s a closeup of the door here.

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While there’s no denying it’s a boxy and somewhat quirky shape, it certainly seems practical, with the flat four and front wheel drive leaving a lot of room for people and gear.

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This view of the front end reveals the distinctive Lancia grille and the snazzy (for the period) quad headlamps. I love how skinny the Italian license plates are!

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What an inviting interior! Somehow it reminds me of a Peugeot from the same period, which is odd because not only are we talking a different country, we are talking a completely different drive train layout with the Peugeot being rear wheel drive. The interior looks worn but nice enough to leave alone. It looks like a good cleaning would benefit the carpet. I read from one source that the wood you see was real, but I was unable to confirm it. If it is real wood, I’d love to know how they kept it in such nice condition. That’s also an air conditioning unit you see under the right hand of the crack-free dashboard.

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Here’s the flat four. You can’t see much under all the plumbing, but it’s easy to see that you don’t have an inline engine courtesy of the intake manifold. I have plenty of room in my garage for this unusual Italian sedan–how about you?

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Comments

  1. CelestialGryphon

    **** Yeah, flat four. I wonder how these suckers sound at WOT.

  2. Don E

    Yes Jamie, the wood dash is real on these, not a laminate. It’s a thinner veneer much like the BMW E9 3.0 csi derivative.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Thanks, Don! It appears the Italians could teach the Brits a thing or two about longevity of wood finishes!

      • Dan h

        I actually wouldn’t be surprised if the wood was from a British source. I know the leather that Lancia used was British.

      • XYZOL

        Actually, Lancia used and still uses ‘Poltrona Frau’ leather upholstery, which is Italian made, as opposed to British ‘Connolly’ leather.

  3. Jim

    “This listing was ended by the seller because there was an error in the listing”

    Car is still listed on the dealer website, but auction listing is done

  4. Stephen

    Sweet looking car! Barn finds is the best source for interesting autos on line. Thanks for posting.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      And thank you for reading and commenting!

  5. Jubjub

    Sweet ride! When foreign cars were still foreign. When I grow up I want something like this.

  6. Old geezer

    Reminds me of an Alfa Berlina sedan which are also boxy. The Alfa also had 2litre fours, 4 wheel disk brakes and very good handling. The front emblem even looks like an alfa grill.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Agreed! And, of course, they are now part of the same conglomerate (Fiat et al).

  7. Martin Horrocks

    Alfa Berlina is a whole lot less complicated and more sporting…..this is a runout version of the Flavia originally introduced in 1961. Because few were sold this late, it is a rare car, but not very valuable as market remains limited! Will probably sell to a Lancisti, for less than the ask.

    Non Lancisti? Be careful, as parts and knowhow are very limited (compared with Alfa/BMW), so a small thing can turn into a big bill. On the plus side, a Flavia which is working and maintained as intended is a sophisticated and satisfying machine.

    • XYZOL

      Tell me about it! I own a small modern Lancia and finding replacement parts for deteriorated trim outside the dealer network gives me a headache, even though I live in Europe. Plus, they are pretty expensive compared to, let’s say, Fiat counterparts. I mean 250 euro is a pretty steep price for a front grille which is doesn’t even have louvers to let the air through and is essentially just a glorified brand insignia. And finding one that matches the smoked chrome finish of trim put on a special version example I own is pretty much impossible…

  8. big rick

    Seller used to call his business “The Barn”. I looked at another Lancia there a few years ago….nice fellow.

  9. Tirefriar

    Here you go boys, enjoy!
    http://youtu.be/v7AT4d2TMVY

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