The Lancia Fulvia was available in Berlina, Coupé, Rallye and Sport guises. However it was the Coupé version that proved most popular and gained the racing accolades the Fulvia is credited with. Its handsome and distinctive lines, coupled with the famous narrow angle V4 engine have since contributed to its reputation as a modern classic. Fulvias are notable for their role in motor racing history, including winning the International Rally Championship in 1972. On testing it in 1967, Road & Track magazine summed up the Fulvia as: ‘a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force.’ Even more exotic was the Fulvia Sport, Zagato’s coach-built version of the coupe, which had a more aerodynamic and exotic body. The 1300cc Sport Zagato engine produced 87bhp with a top speed of 109 mph. Less wilfully eccentric than some of Carrozzeria’s other creations, the Fulvia Sport became the best selling Zagato-bodied car ever.
This exceptionally rare and beautiful matching numbers example was registered new to the UK in 1969. The Fulvia was with its first owner until 1972, at which point ownership passed to the current family, who have owned the car ever since. The owner, a Lancia Owner’s Club member, enjoyed his Fulvia for many years before in 2010 entrusting marque specialist Brian Polden to restore the car comprehensively. This restoration is well documented with numerous photographs and invoices for works completed. Since being completed the Lancias has been kept in a temperature-controlled garaged, and as such is still presented in excellent condition in every respect. The Zagato has been used only in dry weather and mainly for display at local classic car rallies.
The Fulvia Zagato is without doubt one of the most interesting of Ercole Spada’s efforts for Zagato, and this beautiful example, one of only two known cars of this year in the UK, must surely rank as the best