Cars We Sold

1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C Zagato Serial Number 3731


Lead photograph of 1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C Zagato Serial Number 3731

We are pleased to offer 1963 Lancia Flaminia Zagato “Double Bubble” alloy bodied 3C s/n 824133*3731. Ordered new from Max Hoffman, the Lancia importer, by Anatoly “Toly” Arutunoff, this short chassis, alloy bodied, three carb lightweight has had only one owner for the last fifty-five years. When purchased Lancia Zagato 3C s/n *3731 was entered in the 1963 Sebring 12 hour race but didn’t arrive until late March and so was shipped directly back to Europe and raced by Toly in the 1963 Targa Florio on May 5th, comprising seven laps of the 44-mile “Piccolo Madonie” course through the Sicilian mountains and winning the Auto Club di Pescara trophy. Zagato 3C *3731 was then driven to Belgium and only a week later “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 ran in the 500 km Spa on the 12th of May, finishing 3rd in class. Only another week later, on the 19th of May s/n *3731 next raced in the 1000 km Nürburgring. Next stop was back across the Atlantic to the Bahamas where Lancia Zagato 3C s/n *3731 was raced in the 10th Annual Bahamas Speed Week’s Governor’s Trophy race on Dec. 6th, the Nassau Classic race on Dec. 7th and the Nassau Trophy race on Dec. 8th 1963. Once back in the US Lancia Zagato 3C s/n *3731 was raced at the 2000 km Daytona on the 16th of Feb., 1964. In 1965 Zagato 3C s/n *3731 was raced in the 12 hours of Sebring on the 27th of March, 1965, the SCCA National at Courtland on the 30th of May and then back to Sebring a year later for the 12 hours of Sebring on the 26th of March 1966.

More recently Lancia “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 has been driven in the Beyond the West Rally in Montana in 1999 and the first cento ore di Modena in May, 2000 plus the historic coupe des alpes; the rally des alpes, and the Targa Florio/Giro di Sicilia historic, all in 2000. Even more recently, s/n *3731 was driven from Oklahoma to Florida for the 2007 Amelia island Concours, winning the “Enthusiast’s Trophy” for the longest drive to Amelia followed by an entry in the 24 minutes of Daytona. In August of 2008 “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 was shown at the Quail and then ran in Group 3B on Sunday at the Monterey Historics. Sometimes referred to it as a “mini 250 SWB”...and with the bumpers removed it certainly has a resemblance, the coach-built all-aluminium body designed by Zagato is simply magnificent, and the iconic double bubble roof on the shortened chassis make this Lancia a true styling icon. Our research tells us that s/n *3731 is one of only 174 of the Sport 3C 2.5 litre variants built.

Introduced at the 1956 Turin Motor Show, the Lancia Flaminia began production in 1957 and replaced the Aurelia as the flagship model. It was offered as a saloon, a coupe and a cabriolet although the most sought-after example was and still is the Sport which was the two-seater built on a short wheelbase chassis. These highly-desirable Flaminia Sports were bodied beautifully in aluminum by Zagato, incorporating the iconic “double-bubble” roof with rounded and improved aerodynamics. For power, Lancia used its beautifully smooth, Francesco De Virgilio-designed light alloy V6 with an increased bore and decreased stroke to 2.5 liters, fed by three Weber carbs. The user-friendly Flaminia chassis used double wishbones in the front with a solidly located De Dion-type rear axle. The engine was longitudinally mounted and drives the rear wheels via a four-speed, rear-mounted, transaxle with inboard rear brakes, giving perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Four wheel disc brakes haul it down from high speed. In keeping with Lancia’s tradition, the Flaminia was named after the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Rome to Rimini, which continued Lancia’s theme of naming individual models after famous Roman roads.

Lancia “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 comes with both the FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form and the FIVA Identity Card plus the original FIA Homologation papers; its original grille with the Lancia badge and a Sports Car Club of America badge; two spare alloy engine blocks with liners; two spare cast alloy oil pans; four spare cylinder heads; a spare transaxle; a spare rear window glass; a spare distributor and drive unit and more. Also comes with the plate and plaque from Amelia Island, an original parts catalogue, an original owner’s manual and the 1963 ADAC 1000km of the Nürburgring entrant’s and driver’s armbands. Lancia “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 redefines “Patina” and would benefit from a sympathetic restoration and a very major service before its next event. Needless to say s/n *3731 offers an amazing and unique ultra-long-term fifty-five year ownership history and truly amazing race provenance over forty-five years of active race history. Because the Flamina was introduced in 1956, Lancia “Double Bubble” s/n *3731 should be eligible for almost any historic late 1950s and 60s event on the planet. Priced right at $395,000.

Photograph of Front right viewPhotograph of Front right view - lowPhotograph of Front viewPhotograph of Front view - lowPhotograph of Front left viewPhotograph of Rear right viewPhotograph of Rear right view - lowPhotograph of Rear viewPhotograph of Rear view - lowPhotograph of Rear left viewPhotograph of Rear left view - lowPhotograph of Right side viewPhotograph of Left side viewPhotograph of Front left wheel detailPhotograph of Rear left wheel detailPhotograph of Rear right wheel detailPhotograph of Front right wheel detailPhotograph of Engine bay from rightPhotograph of Engine bay from leftPhotograph of Engine bay from rearPhotograph of Trunk and spare tirePhotograph of Driver's door panelPhotograph of Driver's seatPhotograph of Dashboard from leftPhotograph of Speedometer, odometer and gaugesPhotograph of Dashboard from rightPhotograph of Passenger's seatPhotograph of Passenger's door panelPhotograph of Chassis platePhotograph of Body stampingPhotograph of Kitzbuhel Alpen Rally stickerPhotograph of Undercarriage from frontPhotograph of Front undercarriagePhotograph of Middle undercarriagePhotograph of Rear undercarriagePhotograph of Undercarriage from rearPhotograph of Disk brake manualPhotograph of Owner's manualPhotograph of HVA bookletPhotograph of FIVA Identity CardPhotograph of FIA Historic Vehicle Identity FormPhotograph of FIA Homologation papersPhotograph of Documents and photographs
Spares and other documentation
Photograph of BlocksPhotograph of TransaxlePhotograph of Oil pans, heads, grille, manuals, taillight and misc.Photograph of Rear window
Period Photos
Photograph of Targa Florio, 1963Photograph of Targa Florio, 1963Photograph of Nürburgring, 1963