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Still Rare, Still Different: The Lancia Flavia Sport Is A Zagato Oddball

Among all Zagato-badged cars, the Flavia Sport is perhaps the most singular entity, a piece of standalone oddness. In addition to being one of the lesser-known Lancias to begin with, the Zagato design still divides enthusiasts and generates diametrically opposed opinions wherever it shows up. Every time I try to talk about this car at meets or to a friend, nobody seems to know about its existence, and if they do most tend to snub it. It’s rare to find another who truly appreciates this car.

The original Flavia sedan was presented in 1960 at the Turin Motor Show, and it was the first Italian mass-produced car to adopt a front-wheel drive system. In its debut form, the Flavia was equipped with a 1499cc four-cylinder boxer engine (the model was better known as a 1500 for obvious reasons) with 78hp. This immediately proved to be undersized and underpowered for the new Flavia, its potential held back by a lack of thrust. So besides the 1500, a 92hp 1800cc option was added, which was later improved with the introduction of a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system, increasing the horsepower output to a respectable 102.

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