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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1963
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1963 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Tom Tjaarda for Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 22, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionPininfarina, still known as Pinin Farina at the time, had been involved with the development of the Lancia Flaminia, which was based on the coachbuilder's pair of iconic 'Florida' show cars. When the Italian manufacturer's new GT entered production in 1957, both the coupe and sedan were styled by Pinin Farina.

Unlike the Aurelia on which the Florida I and II were based, the Flaminia featured a unitary chassis design, and was not available as a rolling chassis for specialist coachbuilders like Pininfarina to body. Accordingly there are only very few custom Flaminias built even though the model was in production for over a decade. One of the very rare exceptions is a Coupe shown by Pininfarina at the 1963 Turin Motor Show.

Responsible for the elegant lines of the Pininfarina show car was American-born designer Tom Tjaarda. The nose featured twin headlights and a sizeable grille, while the rear boasted more futuristic flush-mounted, trapezoidal taillights. Greatly adding the svelte lines were the very slim A- and C-pillars, and the absence of a B-pillar. The unique machine was painted pearl-white and fitted with chrome sill plates.

Underneath the custom coach-work, the short wheelbase chassis and latest running gear was found. It was powered by the recently enlarged, 2.8 litre V6, which, breathing through three carburettors, produced around 150 bhp. Like the production car, the 'Coupe Speciale' was equipped with sophisticated deDion rear suspension and a four-speed transaxle. Disc brakes were found on all four corners.

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