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Lancia Fulvia: Buying guide and review (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 performance 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.

In Fulvia-lore the Holy Grail is the Series 1 1.6HF, the car known as the Fanalone on account of its ample inner headlights thought by some salacious Italians to resemble something excitingly female. It was a homologation special, like all the Series One HFs, and was the first Fulvia with the 1584cc version of the V4. 
It was quite a re-engineering feat, with a new block, a new head, a new crankshaft and special 42mm sidedraught Solexes. It also had the first Fulvia five-speed gearbox, with fifth added on at the back in its own casing and a new remote lever.

Rally car, most of which are replicas, are also very popular. Given the Fulvias natural sporting ability, they are still extremely capable as historic rally machines. It's still possible to build a competitive car on a reasonable budget, but finding one that is ready built could be a lot more cost effective.

Performance and specs

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

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2330mm
Length 3975mm
Width 1626mm
Height 1295mm
Kerb weight 900kg

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.

Owners clubs, forums 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: 9th May 2016
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  • Lancia - Fulvia Zagato 1.3S - 1968

    £24,000 - £31,200 est. £24,000 - £31,200 est.
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    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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  • 1973 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1600 Zagato


    The Lancia Fulvia was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 and produced until 1976. Fulvias are notable for their role in motorsport history including winning the International Rally Championship in 1972. On testing it in 1967, Road & Track summed up the Fulvia as "a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force". The Fulvia was available in three variants: Berlina four-door saloon, two-door coupé, and Sport, an alternative fastback coupé designed and built by Zagato on the coupé floorpan. Introduced in 1967 with the 1,298cc (87bhp) engine, the Zagato was later offered with the 1.6-litre 115bhp HF unit, a sparkling combination with a top speed approaching 120mph. A five-speed gearbox was standard equipment from 1971. Production ceased after Zagato had manufactured around 7,000 cars, a mere 800 of which were the ultimate 1.6-litre version. Lighter and more nimble than the standard-bodied cars, the Sport distinguished itself in competition, particularly in long distance events. Fulvia Sport Zagatos scored highly in the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours (where a Sport earned a class win in 1969). Ex-works HF rally cars aside, the Sport Zagato is the most desirable and co

    • Year: 2016
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  • 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe – £Under offer


    Authentically restored and desirable 2nd series example in great colours. History of this car A left hand drive, standard Tipo 818.630 model, our car has recently been the subject of a thorough restoration by Italian artisans, working to the previous owner’s brief of returning the car to the day it left the Chivasso plant in 1971. Although there are no receipts for the work (modus operandi in Italy), it is obvious that this was a comprehensive job and a significant sum has been spent. The odometer was zeroed at the time of the restoration and today reads 1800 klms, so only running in miles have been completed. This car has spent its entire life in Italy until imported by us this year, sourcing the car for the quality of the restoration. Our car is finished in the original Rosso York colour, a maroon which particularly suits the Piero Castagnero penned lines of the Fulvia. Bodywork Coachwork is excellent – rust free, arrow straight and with pleasingly consistent panel fit all round. The restoration of this car involved a windows-out repaint in the original delivery colour of Rosso York. This has a consistent and deep shine with terrific lustre. The underside is straight, solid and a

    • Year: 1971
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  • 1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe –

    £17,495 £17,495

    A unique HF tribute 2nd series Fulvia in a rare HF colour from new. Much money just spent. Just arrived and under preparation. LHD and sold with an age related UK registration. History of this car This tipo 818.630 was first registered on 21st June 1972 in Rome, Italy. Our car is finished in Oro Longchamps, a colour option only for the 1.6HF model. Our car appears to have been this colour from new, so it would have been a special order vehicle, and was presumably ex factory with the genuine Cromodora alloy wheels it wears today, standard equipment on the HF. The first owner kept this beautiful Fulvia for over 25 years until 1999 before selling to a friend, who in turn it sold it to the person we bought it from in 2005. The car was imported to the UK around this time and kept in London, although never officially registered here. Today this most desirable Fulvia has 53000 klms recorded, which could be the genuine mileage from new, although this is unwarranted. Our car, in addition to the HF colour and wheels described above, has a number of other desirable HF enhancements, including genuine HF number plate lights, Fanalone style teardrop bumper blanking plates, Fanalone type wheel ar

    • Year: 1972
    For sale
  • 1975 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Safari –

    £19,995 £19,995

    A genuine and very original Safari, mechanically tip-top with an excellent interior and a fresh windows-out repaint to the highest of standards. History of this car Introduced at the 1974 Turin motor show, the Safari is a limited edition model produced in 900 examples, rarer therefore than a 1.6HF Fanalone. Similarly to the Montecarlo special edition it replaced, the Safari was set apart from the standard car through weight-saving and cosmetic sporting features, retaining the standard 1.3S drive train. Bumpers were removed and replaced with Fanalone type teardrop blanking plates, quarter light frames were deleted and even the passenger side A post interior light switch was blanked off, together with deletion of door courtesy lights. The sporting look is helped by extensive use of matt black – for bumper blanking plates, the front grille, headlight surrounds and wheels; and, like the concurrent Stratos, the Safari badging was done with decals. Inside, the seating arrangement is the same as that found in the 1600HF, while the steering wheel is a leather rimmed Ferrero item. The finishing touch came in the form of a Safari numbered plaque mounted on the dashboard. Our car was first re

    • Year: 1975
    For sale
  • Lancia Fulvia

    £14,995 £14,995


    • Mileage: 68000 mi
    • Engine size: 1298
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  • Lancia Fulvia

    £69,995 £69,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED PLEASE CALL 01733 425140* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A very rare RHD Lancia Fulvia Rallye Series One 1.6HF ‘Fanalone’ homologation special EQUIPMENT Aluminium bonnet, boot lid and doors, quartz iodine 170mm main beam headlights, black glass fibre arch fillets, opening rear quarter windows, adjustable red-line rev counter, reserve fuel warning light, oil pressure gauge, oil and coolant temperature gauge, rheostat panel light control, cigar lighter, dome interior lamp, Ferrero Sandro Munari steering wheel, passenger grab handle, front storage bins. MODEL HISTORY The Fulvia Coupe was designed in-house by Piero Castagnero and launched in 1965. The ultimate expression of this model is the Series One HF1.6 works rally-spec examples of which only 1258 were produced for homologation. Just 30 High Fidelity RHD examples were ordered by Lancia Concessionaires Ltd which have gained the sobriquet ‘Fanalone’, a reference to its large auxiliary driving lights. With outright wins in the RAC Rally in 1969 and 1970 and the Monte Carlo in 1972 to name a few, the Fulvia HF1.6 established Lancia’s reputation on the World Rallying stage and paved the way for the legendary Stratos and Delta Integrale models. EXTERIOR It takes a trained eye to spot a genuine UK-market Fulvia HF Fanalone and this unmolested, incredibly rare example finished in no-cost but optional metallic Grigio Escoli, is no exception. Still wearing the black glassfibre wheel arch extensions and 170mm main beam headlights that will help the knowledgeable differentiate but experts will relish in the uncut rear valance, holed in standard production cars to feed wiring and the blank pressing where a passenger interior light switch should be fitted. Rally pedigree is assured being one of the early 1258 homologation S1 Rallye specials and fortunately all the correct aluminium panels remain fitted helping to explain why the car only weighs 850kg. The chrome bumpers are retained, as fitted to the RHD drive cars, but not fitted. They are in excellent order as per the rest of the car. The paintwork shows some minor ageing but absolutely no corrosion and all the chrome badging is factory standard. The ultimate Series One and certainly one for the Lancia purist. INTERIOR In truly remarkable condition this 1.6HF ‘Fanalone’ retains all the correct features of the factory originals so often butchered for modern sporting enhancements. The lightweight aluminium skeletal bucket seats are immaculately appointed in the original black vinyl and the thin carpeting shows minimal wear. The simple door pulls which replace the armrests are on correct door cards with no chrome bars at the bottom. All ornate instrumentation is fully functional including the unique oil temperature gauge and 10,000rpm Veglia rev-counter with the adjustable red-line. A highly desirable Ferrero Sandro Munari steering wheel completes the package for the seasoned connoisseur. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Described by Hemmings Motor News as ‘one of the best-engineered four cylinder engines of all time’ this very narrow angle 1584cc engine produces 115bhp being fuel fed by the correct twin 42DDHF Solex carburettors. Engine number 818-540-1282 is the factory correct unit with the lighter flywheel and the 818-540 stampings are visible. The evocative yellow and blue cam cover remains a visual cue. The correct ‘piggy-back’ five speed gearbox once warm slices through the gears and has a well-bred tool-room quality feel. It means that the car complies with British Standard (Automotive) 48 - 1965 version. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The Fanalone is the only Fulvia fitted with 13” Cromodora magnesium wheels and these are truly splendid. The previous owner going to great lengths by wiping clean the inside with spray oil then applying a light coating of cavity wax. Tyres are Toya 310 175/R13 items with ample tread. An upgraded tandem braking system installed by Racing Technologies comprises of front AP Racing discs and custom made Coopercraft callipers while at the rear AP Racing discs and Brembo callipers are fitted. Formidable. HISTORY FILE With just four former keepers and 53,888 miles since being registered on the 28th November 1969 chassis number 818-541-001281 represents a seriously rare car with only 30 RHD examples made. The first long-term custodian, Mr Francis Armstrong owned the car for 29 years and other Lancia enthusiast owners include Mr John Whalley, Integrale and Stratos specialist of Bishops Stortford. A comprehensive history file tracks each owner, has MOT certificates dating back to 1976 and collates invoices documenting both regular and serious amounts of expenditure. The likes of marque specialists Omicron Classico being used for genuine parts help reveal the care lavished on this homologation machine. A wealth of period information ranging from sales brochures to workshop manuals all assist in understanding why this vehicle cost more than an Jaguar E-Type when new! Helpful notes and extensive research from the previous devoted owner are to be passed on and a wonderful full-length six page feature on the car from the 1996 Classic and Sportscar magazine is included. Both sets of original keys are present. A rare jewel, a lasting possession, a spiritual progenitor to a bloodline of successful Lancia rally legends and rarely available. MOT July 2016, HPI clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/YnAWOCaiYWs To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpRp9ft 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: http://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars http://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 53888 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • 1966 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.3

    £15,000 £15,000

    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
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