In the 1960's, our long-term client and good friend Jean-Pierre had one of the most exciting student jobs that you could imagine: the Swiss Lancia importer paid him to travel to Italy by public transport, in order to drive exclusive cars back from Italy to the main Lancia dealer in Lausanne. We can vividly imagine what strong impression this must have made on this young student: entering the courtyard of Carrozzeria Touring in Milan to pick up a top of the range, upper-class, expensive Lancia Flaminia, offering top-model comfort (sumptuous 2+2 with finest leather trim) and top-power (150 hp and a top speed of 193 km/h). No wonder Jean-Pierre fell in love with this GTL! Unfortunately, his student budget didn't allow him to buy the car. He always kept track of it, swearing that one day he would own it. He was finally able to buy it in 1984, from Lancia specialist Rino Botteon in Bern. The car had gone through the hands of a doctor from Lausanne, followed by a sales representative of Italian shoes. The latter had painted the car in orange, with black wings! It must have looked horrible, but he sure did manage to get the people's attention! In 1987, Jean-Pierre did a full restoration of the coachwork. No rust at all, thanks to Touring's Superleggera construction with alloy panels over a strong bird-cage tubular frame. During the restoration, all welding points of the coachwork were revised and reinforced when necessary. The Newmarket Grigio paint and the red leather turned this car into the Flaminia GTL he had always dreamed about! About 2000 km ago, the 2800 3C engine has entirely been rebuilt, and at the same time all electric circuits have been rewired. The brakes have been serviced and the tyres have also been replaced at that moment. Recently, a Bosch electronic ignition has been fitted, as well as an alternator and an electric fan, which makes this car perfectly suitable as a daily driver. If you're looking for a Flaminia GTL that's in perfect mechanical shape and that simply looks stunning, look no further! This is without a doubt one of the best GTL's that's currently on the market, after almost 30 years with the same owner.
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