The introduction of the Fulvia saloon in 1963 maintained Lancia’s reputation for innovation in automobile design. Designed by Antonio Fessia, the boxy-styled Appia replacement featured an all-new, narrow-angle, V4, overhead-camshaft engine; front wheel drive; independent front suspension by double wishbones; and disc brakes all round. A 2+2 coupé on a shorter wheelbase was launched in 1965. Though mechanically similar, the beautiful newcomer had all the visual presence its progenitor lacked and came with a 1,216cc engine producing 80bhp.
In 1967 the model was up-rated with the 1,298cc, 85bhp engine, becoming the Fulvia Rallye 1.3. Tuned, lightweight ‘HF’ versions provided increased performance and formed the basis of the works’ highly successful rally programme that saw the Fulvia HF1600 secure Lancia’s first Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1972.
First registered in September 1966, this nice original example has been with just one owner for 24 years. Finished in a Verde Ostenda (dark green) with a brown interior, the Fulvia runs and drives very nicely. With elegant styling, a sweet revving V4 motor and twin carburetors, the Fulvia models are rewarding to own and drive. This well presented desirable Series 1 example offers excellent value in the current market.