Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
My take on these cars is that, like Alfa, Lancia was very particular (and invariably correct) about paint colors. I think tossing the factory paint catalogue away and coming up with one's own color is a mistake---commonly made, but still a mistake. There is a reason "Lancia Blue" is called that: it's a color that looks good on virtually every Lancia I've ever seen.
At some point in it's life some tastless fool painted my car "philistine red" when its original color (still on the dash) was a subtle, tasteful, non-metallic graphic gray. Every time I look at the car I have to wonder what was in that guy's mind to do that to such a car? I've decided he was some ignorant newbie who bought it when Flaminias, even Zagatos, were just cheap cars and wanted a little "my first red sports car" flash. The gray w/minimalist red interior was the perfect combination for the car. But, even if you'd told him, he probably wouldn't have listened. IMHO changing the color of wonderful old cars to red has gone past the gold-chain set and and is now the practice of cultural bottom-feeders.
Jim . . . '72 Super 1300, '70, 1750GTV, 2nd series,
'62, Lancia Flaminia Zagato3c, 2nd series
Last edited by 180OUT; 06-20-2010 at 11:47 AM.