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Lancia Flaminia stars on Italy’s national day

 

On June 2nd the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, opened the procession to celebrate the Festa della Repubblica, aboard the 1961 Presidential Lancia Flaminia.

 

 

The second day of June is Italy’s national day that celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. As usual, the President opened the procession, sitting in his Lancia Flaminia landaulet. A landaulet is official car bodywork that features a hard roof over the front seats and an open top in the rear.

This Lancia Flaminia has been the Italian President’s official car since 1961.

The Flaminia was powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine and was unveiled at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show.

In 1961, Pininfarina produced a long-wheelbase derivative, known as the ‘335’, indicating the dimensions of the wheelbase in centimetres. It was made in only four versions, equipped with specific floorpans, ministerial blue livery, prestigious black Connolly leather upholstery, intercom and five rear seats.

The first VIP hosted in the new official car was Queen Elizabeth II, followed by John F Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle and many other politicians, heads of state and sovereigns.

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