In my search for the right classic four-door family car I recently stumpled upon the obvious favourite. As always the answer is right under your nose: It has to be a Lancia Flaminia Berlina; no doubt about that! It has the needed size and presence and everything about the car fells just right for me.
I have driven Keld Jørgensen's Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupé and that was a very special experience. The engine is very smooth and all the controls feel really tight and yet subtle. I think it's a Lancia treat from back when they undoubtedly were the italian masters of the classy boulevardier. This is of course a full decade earlier than the Alfa Romeo 2600 Berlina and positively ancient compared to the Maserati Quattroporte I, but that's actually the whole point: It is from a very stylish period in italian car design.
The Flaminia stems from a Pinifarina design-study; the Lancia Florida one-off (4 cars built). The eventual production Berlina doesn't have the lithe and almost glider-light lines of the prototype, but it has the same chassis, engine and transaxle gearbox as the Lancia Aurelia. Prices seem to hover around 25.000 EUR and that's only a sixth of what a B20 GT will set me back.
I have a new goal.