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Author Topic: HEADLIGHT CONVERSION  (Read 16595 times)
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« Reply #30 on: 30 September, 2015, 07:18:26 PM »

I can only agree with Chris - except I have always  thought the Flavia Sport a "better" shape. I realise this really means nothing as it boils down to personal preference, but the Fulvia Sport is more restrained and I just love the OTT-ness of the Flavia.
The colour I confess is non-Lancia - it is a 1960s Ferrari blue so has the right feel.

Brian Hands

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1934 Augusta standard saloon
1938 Aprilia S1 saloon
1953 Aurelia B10
1965 Flavia Sport
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« Reply #31 on: 01 October, 2015, 12:34:39 PM »

As a young man (a long time ago) I was able to appreciate the design of Fulvia Sports but had difficulty with the Flavia Sport. Nowadays however, I think they are lovely and the complete antithesis of the design of a lot of modern cars which look to me as if the front has been designed by one committee, the centre of the car by another and the rear by a third committee......then someone else comes along and puts trim panels, imitation air inlets etc on the front and rear sides to really mess it up.
I had supper once many years ago with an eminent Pininfarina designer who told me the reason that everyone regarded the Aurelia B20 design so highly is that it is possible to pick any point on the body of the car and trace a gently curving, comfortable,  uninterrupted line to the opposite extremity.
This also works with the Flavia Sport.

Someone once said to me that although the Fulvia coupe looks pretty square it's difficult to lay a 6" ruler flat anywhere on it. As far as the Flavia Sport is concerned, while it has taken some of us a time to realise it is a beautiful car, Ercole Spada knew straight away, the sign of a top designer.

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« Reply #32 on: 01 October, 2015, 01:25:46 PM »

One story is that the side windows should have continued over the roof which might make more sense of it.

I still think you can't even claim it looks like the front of one car stuck to the back of another - as the front and back separately look like nothing else.

One feature that doesn't show well in photos is the way the headlights are in their own 'nacelle' on top of the overall form.  The only other car I can think of which has the same feature is the Lotus 11.  It results in an odd looking line on the wing where they join, odd in photos, a delight in the metal once you "get" that the line is that of the bonnet between the wings.


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