Lot 345 - 1968 Lancia Milleotto Restoration
|Odometer reading||11,502 km|
|Result||Sold - £1,008|
On November 3, 1960, the Lancia Flavia was introduced at the Autosalone Internazionale di Torino. With its simple, functional lines, front-wheel drive and flat-four engine it was a truly innovative car in the best Lancia tradition. It had to fill the gap between Appia and Flaminia that by 1960 had grown so large that an in-between model was badly needed. The first series Berlina was certainly not to be the only model in the Flavia range; there also followed a coupé designed by the legendery Pininfarina and four months later, at the 1962 Autosalon Internationale de Geneve, two more models were presented; a Convertible meant for open-air touring and a lightweight Sport. Early 1967 saw the appearance of the second series, usually called the 'Milleotto' as most of the cars sold were equipped with an 1800cc engine, and sales were promising during the first years.
This fascinating example started life in an Italian Consulate undertaking general ministerial duties. It was then bought to England in 1968 by a well known racing driver at the time, Paul Howarth, who comprehensively restored it in the late 1970's. More recently, in 1995, the Rev. James Harper acquired it from him in order to undertake the Circuit of Ireland Rally at Killarney. Interestingly it has also been converted to run on LPG with a decent sized tank installed in the boot. Offered with no reserve and requiring just a little love and attention, this example starts and runs very well; indeed, it comes complete with a full one year's MoT test certificate. The interior is tidy and the seats are in very good order. It is reported that they fold back to meet the rear seat bench thus forming a rather comfortable double bed.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.