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The 1961 Flavia represents the first year model of the nameplate produced by Lancia.
The most common way to classify a car is based on its performance. People think that the main factors of a car are its speed and how powerful its engine is, but the truth is that a car has way more to offer than just an engine.
A perfect example of a car that had an impact on the market without a powerful engine but with an impressive configuration and some new features is the Lancia Flavia. A small classic car produced by an Italian company, this executive car had some characteristics that, at the time of its release, showed some innovations that are still being used in today’s cars.
Throughout history, new models have attempted to innovate on features that have since become commonplace, such as airbags, seat belts, better brakes, and better suspension, which did not exist in the first cars. The Flavia was exceptionally equipped for the time and has a very sexy design. This stunning car is one of Italy's most stunning coupes.
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The Lancia Flavia was initially produced in Italy from 1961 to 1971. This executive-class car was offered in three different versions: a 4-door sedan, a 2-door coupe, and a 2-door cabriolet. The car was designed by Antonio Fessia in the late '50s but later introduced to the market. This car was later renamed the Lancia 2000 in 1971 but ended its production in 1975.
Lancia was not the most famous car manufacturer in the 60s, but they had an incredibly big impact on racing events. This importance made the company produce some historic cars that maybe at the time did not have as much impact, but looking back at them, we can understand how Lancia's cars, including the Flavia, were innovative considering how small this company was in comparison to others.
The 1961 Lancia Flavia is a midsize sedan powered by a 1.5L engine that produces 77 hp and has a torque of 82 lb.-ft. It has a 4-speed manual transmission, and as said before, it has 3 different versions. This car is not particularly powerful. With 77 hp, you cannot expect outstanding performance, but what makes this car special isn't its engine. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 19 seconds.
It has a top speed of 92 mph and only weighs 2623 lbs. The Flavia is only 63.4 inches wide and has a length of 180.3 inches. This small size makes this car perfect for daily use, and with that small engine, it has low fuel consumption.
A fun fact about this car is that, considering how small the company was, the designs of the coupe and cabriolet versions of the Flavia were designed by Vignale, Pininfarina, and Zagato, some of the most recognized car designers in Italy and the world.
As said before, what characterized this car the most was not the power of its engine. What actually makes the Flavia special are some specific characteristics that were quite ahead of its time. A front-wheel-drive chassis, front wishbone suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes were not common in the 1960s cars. And having all this in such a "normal" car was impressive.
The history of Lancia relies basically on their rally legacy, and the Flavia represents exactly that. A car that does not need the biggest engine, but with a good configuration, can give outstanding performance. A car perfect for daily use and with an elegant cut that made it a perfect buy in the 60s.
Overall, a car that has outstanding specific characteristics but is built with a perfect balance that people who love small cars understand; a car that has a simple design and a simple mechanical build, but that all these things combined make an excellent car not just for the 60s, but for today.
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At the moment of its release, the Lancia Flavia had a price of around $4000 depending on the exact model. This translates to $38600 in today’s money. It may seem like an expensive car, but it offers some characteristics that were not that common at the time, and it was an executive car, so some features were kind of premium.
If you are trying to buy a 1961 Lancia Flavia today, it is not an easy job. Finding one in good condition is kind of hard. It was not as popular as other cars, and because its main production was based in Europe, there are not too many units available in the US.
If you manage to find one in good condition, its price may be around $25,000 or higher. Buying this car is buying part of history. Maybe not the common history of the big important companies that ruled the market, but these small companies’ models are part of a hidden history that not too many people know about.
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