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Lancia Fulvia: Buying guide and review (1963-1976)

Lancia Fulvia: Buying guide and review (1963-1976) Classic and Performance Car
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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 none existent 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 fantastic handling. 
The rally cars won rallies and championships across Europe, concluding the run of FWD prowess that began with the Saab 96 and continued with the Mini, and this rallying glory helped to sell cars. The rasp of that narrow-angle V4 is characterful, while the advanced suspension layout meant that this comparatively nose-heavy car could flick through corners with impressive zeal. 
While the Fulvia enjoyed many competition wins, and is still a relatively popular choice in historic rallying, prices are still reasonable – although they have been firming up over the last few years. As with any car of this era, especially Italian ones, there are a few serious issues you need to look out for, so it’s key to do your research, and seek specialist help where necessary. 

Which Fulvia 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 One 1.6HF, the car known as the Fanalone on account of its ample inner headlights. 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.
This was the base for the most successful Fulvia rally cars. Given the work that went into preparing the team machines, it’s no surprise that Lancia continued to use them right up to 1974 and the arrival of the Stratos. And look at the roll call of Fulvia drivers: Ove Andersson, Sandro Munari, Vic Elford, Pauli Toivonen, Pat Moss, Réné Trautmann, Harry Källström, Leo Cella, Rauno Aaltonen and Simo Lampinen are the highlights of one of the most illustrious lists in rallying history.
Replica rally cars, 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
Fuel 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. If you don’t have access to a ramp, it could be worth getting a specialist to inspect any potential purchase. It’s much cheaper than sorting out unexpected rust in the future!
• The V4 engine is generally very reliable, apart from weak water pumps. As alwys, check for good oil pressure, and signs of oil smoke from the exhaust. Any signs of head gasket trouble should be the treated with caution. 
• The original carbs suffer from age-related issued, but they can be rebuilt, swapped or even 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 – especially if you’re used to the well catered for 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.lanciamc.co.uk – Lancia Motor Club
• www.viva-lancia.com – Lancia forum
• www.lanciafulviaclub.it – Italian Lancia Fulvia Club

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. £10,000 is entry level for a good Coupe today, rising to £15,000 for something in great cosmetic and mechanical condition. Zagato models are closer to £25,000 today, although rougher examples can be found for less. 
The 1.6-litre cars are worth a substantial premium and they’re the ones to go for if you can, but the Series 1 HF Fanalone models are now moving into collectors’ territory, getting seriously valuable at £50,000-£75,000 for the best. 
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Last updated: 14th Feb 2017
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  • 1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1600 – £Sold


    Sold, thank you © 2017 Mr Speedlux Terms and Conditions

    • Year: 1972
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  • 1968 Lancia Fulvia 1.3HF Coupe – £POA


    Just arrived and under preparation, a genuine 1.3HF with matching numbers, a highly original car with Fanalone frontal treatment, currently being fully recommissioned after a period in storage. Left hand drive and sold with UK age related registration number. Please check back soon for a full description. © 2017 Mr Speedlux Terms and Conditions

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
  • Lancia Fulvia


    From this chassis 818.650 2th series around 2.000 were build. It’s a fine example of a Lancia Fulvia 1300 Zagato with a beautifully restored bodywork and interior. The car was first registered in the Netherlands on 14th August 1971. The Fulvia Zagato is rebuild as a tribute to the Competizione models. The Fulvia got Daytona (winning prototype 1968) headlamps, 4 high-beam headlamps, wing extensions, special alloy fuel tank, sport suspension and nice 14 inch Campagnolo wheels. The bumpers are removed. Under the hood Weber carburettors replacing the standard Solex. The body is painted in Sky Blue like the Jolly Club cars from the Targa Florio. The interior is equipped with a sport steering wheel, lower mounted seats and finished in beautiful black leather with orange stitching which is reflected in the striping. Out of sight in the glovebox a modern radio/CD-player is mounted. This Fulvia is equipped with electric windows. The car still has the original Dutch registration document. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 99000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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  • 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3s

    $39,500(£31,754.05) $39,500(£31,754.05)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3s Rallye Tribute to the famous car driven by Sandro Munari in the early '70's. Finished in its correct Marlborough livery the Fulvia heralded Lancia's domination of the world rally scene. $40,000 spent on engine, suspension, brakes, carburetor rebuild and magnesium wheels.This car is stunning and couldn't be built this well for close to asking. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1971
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  • Lancia Fulvia Sport 1600 Zagato (1972).

    €49,500(£42,827.40) €49,500(£42,827.40)

    The Lancia Fulvia Sport was a sportier and more aerodynamic version of the Fulvia Coupé, designed by Ercole Spada and built by Zagato for Lancia. It was used for both road and track competitions, and was based on the mechanicals of the Coupé. The top of the range version was the Sport 1600, just like the example we have on offer. It was launched in 1971, and had the same engine as the Rally 1600 HF, producing 115 bhp. The streamlined Sport Zagato could reach 195 km/u , and was the fastest Fulvia ever produced. With only 800 examples produced, this is quite a rare car as well. This example is in great condition. It was completely restored in 2009, which is very well documented with pictures and invoices. It is a pleasure to drive, with the original 5-speed box and great Lancia 1,6 V4 engine. The optional Cromodora alloy wheels fit the car very well, and the fit and finish is really good for a handbuilt italian sportscar from the seventies. A Lancia Fulvia is a great italian classic sportscar, and a popular choice for historic rallying because it is nimble and has a good handling. The Zagato badge and elegant Ercole Spada design make the car even more desirable, and it offers similar

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 70757 mi
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  • Lancia Fulvia

    £69,995 £69,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* 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. 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

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