Sacrifice: 1967 Lancia Flavia Coupe

It’s sad to see what was once a cool, interesting and significant car become a donor.  The Lancia Flavia, like all pre-FIAT Lancias, was an engineer’s car, designed and built without regards to price, and Lancia lost money on every one sold.  To me, this car looks too far gone to be restored, and being parting out is its future. A sad fate for a car designed by a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Find this 1967 Lancia Flavia for sale on eBay in Book Park, OH for a classified ad price of $6,950.

This Flavia was powered by the 1.8L version of the all-aluminium Lancia boxer four.  The engine started life as a carbureted 1.5L that suffered a host of issues ranging from timing chain stretching to cylinder corrosion issues from the aluminum block and heads that were separated by a copper head gasket.  The 1.8L addressed some of those concerns and used a version of the Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system in the place of carbs.  Hard to tell how much of the engine is missing, given the way it looks like it was carelessly tossed into the engine room.

I could make the easy joke about a boot and some trash, but I will let you go ahead.   I guess you can say that the trunk floor is somewhat sound, given that the payload hasn’t fallen through. The 1.8 Flavia should have a 5 speed trans, so hopefully this is one. Did I mention that the Flavia was front wheel drive?  The Flavia was the first series production Italian car to use front wheel drive, reinforcing Lancia’s reputation as a marque run by engineers, where cost was an afterthought (leading to FIAT’s takeover).

You are either very brave or foolish to put this car up on a lift and then walk under it for a picture. Hopefully they used a zoom lens from a safe distance.  It’s hard to tell where the surface rust stops and the structural rust begins.

Bonus picture.  What do you see here?

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He figures the more commas, the better.