An exceptional car, unexpectedly back on the market, due to the unplanned purchase of another classic; space needed.
This 1971 car, registered 1.6.1971, is full matching numbers, chassis no. 818.740-002021. As numbering started 1001, it was just over the 1000th made out of only 3690 total.
All the correct i/d stampings are in place, specifically on the bellhousing and in the ‘gutter’ at the rear of the bonnet.
A LHD car, originating in Italy, and imported to UK from Portugal in 2015, then first registered here 12.11.2015.
Prior to that the body/chassis was fully renovated and rebuilt, and most component parts, like the engine sub frame were renewed. I have photos showing the exceptional condition inside, under the bonnet, in the boot, and underneath.
On import in October 2015 the shock absorbers and various suspension components were replaced, total nearly £1000. The shocks are AVO adjustables.
In early 2017 the engine was fully and professionally rebuilt at a cost of nearly £4000. The clutch was renewed soon after that.
Since my ownership just over a year ago, I have embarked on a programme to get everything working properly, and make the car fully and practically usable.
Those works in the last 13 months have cost approx. £2000, and include having the Solex carbs fully rebuilt in Italy, fitting a Facet electric pump and regulator, fitting inertia reel seatbelts and a Momo steering wheel, new mirrors etc. Some bodywork around 2 wheel arches was also cut out, renewed and resprayed.
A new fuel tank had been fitted earlier, but it needed cleaning out of settled debris, was repainted and refitted.
In total in the last just under 3 years, approx. £7500 has been spent, with all bills and details on file.
The car now starts, runs and drives exceptionally well and, as with all Fulvias, is fun to drive and corners amazingly.
Before coming into the UK, the car was built up as a semi race replica, but never finalised as such, and certainly never competed. The remnants of that style are clearly seen with the matt black bonnet, Italian colour racing striping over bonnet, roof and boot, and slightly larger fitted inner headlamps, to recreate the Fanalone style of the Series 1 cars.
The interior trim and backing cards have been replaced, and the correct seats recovered. The original type ribbed rubber floor covering is in place.
There is an original ‘mini’ radio fitted complete with new electric telescopic aerial.
The wheels are correct and original 6J v 14”Cromodoras that have been fully refurbished, and have the 1971 date stampings on them. Tyres are Dunlop SP Sport 175/80 R14s in good condition.
This Fulvia 1600HF has been built to be a usable and enjoyable car to drive, rather than a concours one. Structurally and mechanically excellent, there is very little else major that should now be needed to be done.
Having just spent so much time, effort and money to get the car to where it is today, I am genuinely sad to already be offering it for sale due, as mentioned, to another classic ‘project’ coming out of the blue!
I am only able to include 6 photos on this site, but will willingly send more on request.
Priced realistically at £32950, for an excellent example of this Fulvia variant, MoT’d to 15.8.2019, even though exempt.
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