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Lancia Fulvia buying guide (1963-1976)

Lancia Fulvia Safari Lancia Fulvia Safari Lancia Fulvia Saloon Lancia Fulvia Zagato While the Lancia Fulvia seems to be forgotten by many, the stylish saloon and more sought after coupe were extremely advanced cars for their time. Front-wheel drive perfomance cars might have been in their infancy when the Fulvia was launched, but it’s excellent weight distribution and sophisticated front suspension set-up endowed the coupe - and to largely the same extent the saloon - with excellent handling.

While the Fulvia enjoyed many competition wins, and is still a relatively popular choice in historic rallying, prices are still very reasonable. As with any car of this era, especially Italian ones, there are a few serious issues you need to look out for.

Which one to buy?

There’s pretty much a different Fulvia to suit most tastes. Saloons are quite difficult to find in the UK, although there’s still a ready supply of cars in Italy. Coupe models are easier to find, but obviously carry a price premium, as do the more unusual Zagato models (see prices section).

Don’t discount the smaller-engined models either, as they are an absolute joy to drive. The suspension set-up is brilliant in standard form, so modified cars are not always an improvement, unless you are going to use your car on track or rally stage. Engine upgrades are popular though, with twin Webers or Dell’Ortos a great option. Tubular exhaust manifolds will free up some extra power, while hotter cams are often fitted.

Performance and spec

Fulvia Coupe 1.6 HF
Engine 1584cc, four-cylinder
Power 115bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 113lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 103mph
0-60mph 9.4sec
Consumption 28mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual

Common problems

• All Fulvias rust. This is a simple fact you will have to consider when buying and owning one.

• Take a look at the front subframe, in particular the rear mounts. Rust can take hold anywhere, but obvious checks include the bootlid, doors and rear quarter panels.

• A lot of the most important areas to check are inaccessible, so getting the car up on a ramp to poke around the rear subframe and chassis legs can be a huge advantage.

• The V4 engine is generally very reliable, apart from weak water pumps. The original carbs suffer from age-related issued, but they can be swapped or upgraded easily.

• Gearboxes are rugged, and all but the early S1 cars came with a five-speed manual. Synchros can wear, so check for any crunches going up and down through the gears.

• Expensive Dunlop brakes featured on the early Fulvias, switching to Girling items from the Series II. Most issues stem from the car sitting around unused, so be aware that they will probably need a rebuild if the car has been laid up.

• The Series II brakes pose their own issues too, thanks to a separate handbrake mechanism. While any specialist can adjust and maintain this, it often goes unchecked for years leading to a big repair bill.

• Interior switchgear rarely gives trouble, while the electrical system is largely trouble-free of maintained correctly.

• The front suspension is rarely fails, but components do wear out regularly. Tired components will spoil the car’s handling, so it’s worth finding out when everything was last replaced. The much less sophisticated rear-end suffers from sagging leaf springs.

• Like many more modern cars, changing the heater on Series 2 cars means removing the dashboard, so check that it blows hot and isn’t leaking.

• Parts availability is generally very good thanks to Lancia specialists, although many routine parts can be very expensive if you’re used to British classics.

Model history

1963: The Fulvia is launched as a saloon. Small but well-tuned 1.1-litre V4 engine pushes 59bhp to the road through a four-speed transmission.
1964: Power is increased thanks to a new twin-carb model, producing 71bhp.
1965: The Fulvia Coupé arrives, powered by an 80bhp 1216cc version of the V4 engine. In an effort to save weight, aluminium was used to build the doors, bonnet and bootlid.
1966: The 1.6HF appears. It’s soon nicknamed ‘Fanalone’, meaning big eyes
1968: 1.3 Rallye model and 101bhp 1.3 HF go into production.
1969: Fiat buys Lancia.
1971: The Series II Fulvia is introduced. Fiat’s tightened purse strings see the alloy panels phased out. The 1600HF and Zagaro Sport 1600 is launched.
1972: The Fulvia saloon is phased out.
1973: The Fulvia 1600 is canned, with the left over wide-arch bodyshells built into the limited edition 1.3 Monte Carlo.
1974: The Fulvia Safari appears, with standard Series III getting white gauges.
1976: Fulvia production is stopped.

Key clubs and websites

• www.lanciamotorclub.co.uk
• www.viva-lancia.com

Summary and prices

Buying a Fulvia isn’t always an expensive business. The saloon models are still especially affordable. Coupes have been going up in value for a while now, with Zagatos increasingly more sought after. £15,000 is the level for a very good Coupe today, although HF and Zagato models are closer to £25,000. The 1.6-litre cars are worth a substantial premium and they’re the ones to go for, but the Series 1 HF models are now moving into collectors’ territory with Fanalones getting seriously valuable. 
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Last updated: 13th Aug 2015
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9995 60000 GBP
  • Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
    Auction Date: 23 Sep 2015
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    Last update: 4 Days Old

    • Engine size: 1.3

    Auction Date: 23 Sep 2015
  • Brightwells
    01568 611122
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  • Vehicle Description 1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Rallye Series 2 LHD. Presented in Mendoza Blue with light Beige Leather. This vehicle still retains its original jack and tool kit. It was originally supplied in Montebelluna Italy and has recently been imported into the UK. In 2005 the car had a full glass out repaint in its original colour and was found to have excellent structural condition. Whilst the engine was removed it was subject to a rebuild and overhaul. Earlier this year the car had the seat re-trimmed in light Beige leather. This is a great value classic.

    • Year: 2015

    Last update: 25 Days Old

    • Mileage: 66025 mi

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  • The Ferrari Centre
    01622 759599
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  • 1975 Lancia 1.3 Spider Barchetta Competizione Designed and built by the Sicilian Lancia Specialist Tuner Franceso Paolo Petrola of Autofficina Petrola in Palermo and finished in his signature blue racing colours, Petrola having won his class in a Fulvia in the 1976 Targa Florio. This car is one of just two cars built in the style of the four original Lancia Factory supported cars born from an idea by Cesare Fiorio the director of HF Squadra Corse and Claudio Maglioli the driver and tester. The car has taken part in various historic events including the Cronoscalata Monte Erice (Hill Climb) and the Targa Florio Storica with original entry sticker on the screen. It has full original Italian FIA paperwork to Appendix H which date from 2001 which will require updating to HTP. Italian travel documents and other Italian paperwork including Homologation documents for Lancia Rallye 1.3 photographs and correspondence from Petrola in the cars history file. Recent top end engine overhaul and ready to drive and race or hill climb and is a top of the list entry for many prestigious events. £29,950

    • Year: 1975

    Last update: About 1 Month Old

    • Mileage: 29950 mi

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  • SVS Ltd
    0161 789 0504
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  • 1972 Lancia Fulvia HF 1.6 s/n 818.740*004012* engine no. MOT818.540*05558* Red with Black Interior Famous for their incredible craftsmanship, innovative engineering solutions and disregard for cost accounting with respect to those engineering solutions, pre-Fiat Lancias are, in many ways, in a class of their own. Few cars are as thoughtfully engineered or built, which helps to explain why Lancia encountered a great deal of financial troubles. Among the last of the pre-FIAT cars, the Fulvia was a small car with an interesting specification that included a dual overhead cam narrow angle common cylinder head V4 which powered the front wheels. Dunlop disc brakes on all four corners provided stopping power, and the car bristled with innovation and interesting technical features. Road and Track magazine described the car in 1967 as "a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force" and the car was surprisingly quick for its displacement, and proved to be an effective competition car in for both rally and circuit racing. The cars were available in a variety of body styles including the attractive coupe bodywork, which provided excellent visibility, balance, and a surprising amount of sp

    • Year: 1972

    Last update: About 1 Month Old

    • Mileage: 10304 mi

    For sale
  • Fantasy Junction
    +1 510 653 7555
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  • Lancia Fulvia

    €35,125
    (£25,852)
    €35,125
    (£25,852)

    Lancia Fulvia

    The Series 1.5 transitional model came with second series sub frame and first series body, aluminium alloy hood and doors, spare wheel housing, the more powerful 1.3 litre engine, Girling 4-wheel disc brakes, collapsible steering column, external rear mirror on driver's door and a 5-speed transmission. Those of you that know these Fulvias will realise it is the most popular series to have, as far as Fulvia Zagatos go, as it is the 1.5 series. The car was built by Lancia before Fiat took over. This chassis 818.650 from the 1.5 series is rare because only around 600 were build. It is a fine example of a Lancia Fulvia 1300 1.5 series with a beautifully restored bodywork and interior. The car was first registered in Italy on 1st January 1971. The second owner in Italy bought the car in 1975. He owned the car for 26 years and sold the Fulvia to the last and third owner in Belgium. He started to rebuild the car as a tribute to the Competizione models. He put on Daytona (winning prototype 1968) headlamps, wing extensions and nice HF-style wheels. He removed the front and rear bumpers. Under the hood Weber carburettors replacing the standard Solex. The interior is equipped with a sport steering wheel, lower mounted seats and finished in beautiful black leather. The body is painted in Sky Blue like the Jolly Club cars from the Targa Florio. In 2010 the car got his Belgium registration and drove till today around 15.000 km. To view this car and others, please visit the website at kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1971

    Last update: 3 Months Old

    • Mileage: 16000 mi

    • Engine size: 1.3

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  • Kucarfa B.V.
    0031653691081
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  • Lancia Fulvia

    €19,500
    (£14,352)
    €19,500
    (£14,352)

    Lancia Fulvia

    Between the years 1968 and 1972 Lancia won lots of rallies with a special version of the Fulvia. The Lancia works-rally-cars were named Fulvia HF Fanalone. These rally cars were built with aluminium body parts, plastic windscreens and were equipped with a heavily tuned 1584 cc. V4 engine. Lancia managed to win the European rally championship three times and the world championship two times with the Fulvia... Technical data Aluminium V4 engine cylinder capacity: 1584 cc. capacity: 115 bhp. at 6000 rpm. carburettors: 2 x twin choke Weber top-speed: 185 km/h. gearbox: 5-speed, manual weight: 900 kg. VIN: 818.630*033585* Motor: 818.302*112949* Lancia Fulvia rally car, year 1972. Colour red with a black rally interior. This fantastic Lancia rally car is well known in the European/Dutch historic rally scene. The car shows signs of use, is in good condition throughout, and is mechanically spot on! The engine was overhauled 4000 km. ago. The car drives and feels wonderful. This Lancia Fulvia comes extensively rally prepared with a roll cage, additional driving lamps, Scheel seats, four point safety harnesses, trip meter etcetera. This Fulvia is ready to rally!

    • Year: 1972

    Last update: 10 Days Old

    • Mileage: 34567 mi

    • Engine size: 1.6

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  • Imparts BV
    +31264429937
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  • 1966 Lancia Fuliva Coupe 1.3 historic road rally car. Totally restored and rally prepared by us just ten years ago for historic regularity events. Finished in Lancia factory team colours of deep red with black interior this car is fully trimmed and features original Fulvia HF bucket seats, full harnesses and rear roll gage. The engine is tuned to produce approximately 110 bhp while remaining very tractable. The clutch, suspension and brakes have all been renewed and uprated. The car has been sparingly used since completion and remains in superb order. Her early 1966 chassis number makes her eligible for FIA appendix K - HTP papers for racing which allows entrance in to many prestigious historic events. £15,000

    • Year: 1966

    Last update: About 1 Month Old
    For sale
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