Inspired by the casting of Nikki Lauda’s road car in the forthcoming movie Rush. We are calling it: the coolest car that was ever made is the Lancia Flavia and later 2000 Berlinas.
“Why” I hope I hear you ask. Let me explain.
Lancia was the coolest car company in the world. That’s a given right? I mean everything about them was so right – check out this list:
- Vincenzo Lancia was a pilot, engineer, race car driver, a hero
- Lancia built a sensational, race winning Grand Prix car, the D50
- Lancia is the most successful rally marque in the world
- World’s first V6 engine
- The best model names: Fulvia, Integrale, Aurelia etc
- World’s first 5 speed box
- 0 to the 3 to the 7!
Ok so can we move on? Lancia is the coolest marque. But what makes the Flavia/2000 Berlina the coolest model. There are so many that have a stake to that claim, the cute Fulvia, the rakish Aurelia or any of the ultra-eccentric Zagato bodied models. Well to be cool you can’t be conventionally good looking (see Steve McQueen) and no one could claim that the Berlina is pretty, but boy is it handsome and the detailing is exquisite. You also need a level of understated modesty and Berlina has that in spades.
Exclusivity also helps in the coolness stakes and thanks to a ridiculously high price tag when new Flavias were never built in large numbers. Add to this Lancia’s propensity to tin-worm and you have the classic ingredients for a rare old car.
Finally we have the Berlina’s mechanical attributes, and this is where the deal is clinched. The jewel like aluminium flat four engine, disk brakes on all four wheels, front wheel drive, five speed gearbox all add up to a delicious package.
So there you have it: Lancia Flavia Berlina uber-cool.
Image source: movitcars.com