One of the most aggressively designed cars of the 60s, the 1963 Lancia Flavia Sport was also one of the rarest, with only about 724 being produced. The Lancia Flavia Sport was based on a shorter platform than its sedan counterpart, and thanks to alloy boy panels, was significantly lighter than its counterparts, up to 300 lbs. The same panels also contributed to giving the car its extremely streamlined and aerodynamic shape, although it wasn’t popular with everyone, considering the low sales volume. Furthermore, there were subtle but significant design changes between the prototype and the production models, especially around the rear wheels, which were supposed to be more covered.
The Flavia Sport was originally equipped with a small 1.5-liter flat-four producing 90 horsepower, but was soon replaced (after 98 had been produced) by a torquier and more powerful 1.8-liter unit, which put out 100 horsepower. Thus fitted, the Flavia Sport could reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in 12 seconds.
The 1963 Lancia Flavia Sport remained in production for 2 years; by then Lancia was tired with the lack of sales and was moving towards the Fulvia Zagato, with more conventional styling and more popular appeal.