・Rally winning design
・1600cc DOHC engine
・Bare metal re-spray in 2015
・Original HF flared rear arches
The Fulvia Coupé was a compact two-door, three-box coupé introduced in 1965. Like the saloon it was designed in-house by Piero Castagnero. As the last Fulvia model to be discontinued, the coupe was ultimately replaced in 1977 by a 1.3-litre version of the Beta Coupe.
This Fulvia is a series 2 model first introduced in 1970. It had a facelifted body containing all steel panels and now fitted with a 1584 cc engine producing 113 hp. The bodywork was changed from the standard 1300cc coupe to incorporate flared wheel arches rather than the extension used on the series 1 HFs.
The Lusso , Italian for luxury, had fitted bumpers , extra chrome trim and a radio.
Little is known of this car’s early history but believed to have been imported at some stage from Jersey.
According to invoices on file from specialists Omicrom Classico, it is thought to at some time been converted to right hand drive & level headlights maybe indicate that it’s a European spec model ie LHD originally. It has however been in the current owners’ hands for roughly 18 years and has been dry garaged all this time. Only used on dry high days and holidays for trips out to car shows, where it attracts a lot of interest & for local touring in The Peak District.
There is a current V5c document in the vendors name and a file containing various receipts for works undertaken over the years. Most of these are for general servicing and maintenance but there is a large invoice from Omicron Classico, listing works from 2002.
The interior is typical ‘70s Italian, varnished wood dash with the expected Veglia gauges, indicating everything the sporting driver needs to be keeping an eye on. There’s the Lusso spec radio which may well be the original supplied when the car was new & still in working order according to the owner. The remainder of the interior is in good condition, no tears in the carpets or seats, just a little wear from 50 years of enjoyment by previous owners.
Overall, in excellent condition considering it would appear to be the original trim.
This Fulvia looks stunning after it’s full, bare metal respray in 2015, with no paint discrepancies to be seen. The trim is either original chrome or one or two pieces have been replaced with matching stainless steel, all of which look superb as hopefully the pictures show.
Under the bonnet is exceptionally clean and tidy which helps to complete the overall great looks of this car.
When driven out for photos, the Lancia performed well once it had a chance to stretch its legs. When the vendor bought the car, it had 35mm dellorto carbs fitted which are not the correct ones. He has at last managed to source a pair of 42mm Solex from Rome, which are now the ones fitted bringing it back to original specification. These still need a little balancing, but a quick trip to a rolling road should sort this out. As it is, once clear of lower revs, the engine comes on song and revs freely like a true Italian thoroughbred. Gear selection is smooth with a dog leg first gear and the remaining 4 gears in the usual ‘H’ pattern.
There is a slight juddering in reverse, which the owner thinks may be down to a very slightly leaking seal, allowing oil on to the clutch plate. this however isn’t noticeable in forward gears.
No bang or rattles were heard from the suspension, despite far from smooth dales roads.
The exhaust is stainless at least up to where it joins the manifold and sounds wonderful.
Italian styling, blood red paintwork, sparkling chrome and of course that V4 twin cam engine under the bonnet make this Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF the car to have in your garage.
With its rally bred handling, Lancia won the Italian Rally Championship every year from 1965 to 1973 with the exception of 1970 & won the International Championship for Manufacturers in 1972 all in the Fulvia Coupe. This alone is a great reason why the Fulvia should be up there parked alongside other great Italian cars of the era.
Open road driving fun, classic car shows or even popping down to the local town to pick up pizzas, the Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF can do them all in Italian style, every enthusiast should own one at least sometime in their life ……… how about this summer …….
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