The Flavia model range seems complicated at first with four body styles and three engine sizes, but all models follow the same pattern of front wheel drive, flat four high compression (for the time) all alloy engine with twin cams operating short push rods to the valves, and with disc brakes all round. The Flavia was the first front wheel drive car produced in Italy. The car’s innovative approach, like many of Lancia’s cars, was allied to their legendary high standards of engineering and materials. It has been argued that this was the last of the true Lancia which FIAT wanted to stop when they took over the company and its debts.


There are four body styles. The berlina (or saloon) built in house at Lancia’s factory in Turin. The coupe styled by Pininfarina, a convertible version built by Vignale, and the Flavia Sport, a lightweight model by Zagato. All models were built on the same transmission platform which featured a light subframe holding the engine forward of the front wheels. The flat four engine allowed for a low centre of gravity and with a well-located rear axle with leaf springs, anti-roll bar and Panhard rod which allowed for excellent road holding and comfort.

Development came with improved performance by increasing the engine capacity from the initial 1500cc to 1800 and finally the 2000 models. Fuel supply was developed from carburation to fuel injection, firstly by Kugelfischer and finally with a Bosch system; although fuel injection was an option that was contemporary with conventional carburation until the 2000HF

Transmission was developed late in the model’s lifetime for the 2000 model from four to five speed box and with power brakes and steering.

The name Flavia, a tradition of Lancia to name a model after one of the ancient Roman roads (Fulvia, Aurelia, Flaminia, Appia) was eventually and slowly dropped to be rebadged as first the Flavia 2000 (which introduced the revised body styling for both the berlina and the coupe), then the 2000 and lastly the 2000HF. Lancia had a fateful tradition of being complicated.




0-60 Time

Max Speed

Type and Year

Berlina 1500

1500cc Solex/2 Solex


18 secs




Berlina 1800

1800cc Solex


14 secs


815.300                        1963-66

Flavia Milleotto

  1800 Solex/Kugel inj




  819.300                        1967-70

Flavia Sport Zagato

1800 Webers


11 secs


      815.532                        1963-67

Flavia Coupe

1500 twin Solex


14 secs


      815.100                       1963-66

Flavia Coupe 

   1800 Solex




        815.330                         1965-68

Flavia Coupe 2000


114/126 inj

12 secs


     820/820.400                    1970-71

Coupe 2000





820.200                        1971-74

Coupe 2000HF

Bosch Inj




      820.400                        1971-74


The above data is a general view of the models, performance and specification. There are variations within the model range and the performance of the later 2000 berlinas has not been included here. The Consortium wishes to thank Angela Verschoor for her remarkable research on the Flavia and 2000 production and specification details in her book, Lancia Flavia 2000, Inscape Doorwerth, 2010

A detailed history of the range and their precursors has been covered in past editions of the Consortium Newsletter with many contemporary road tests reprinted.

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