It was in 1965 that Lancia launched the Fulvia coupé. Designed in-house, it was powered by a twin cam V4 engine of 1,216cc producing 80bhp, while the 1.2 HF – for High Fidelity – followed with less trim and 88bhp. In 1966 capacity rose to 1,294cc, realising in the 1.3 HF the start of a long and illustrious rally career. For 1968 engine capacity increased again to 1,584cc: the 1968 1.6 HF, boasting 114bhp (and 118mph/0-60mph in 9.9 seconds), a five-speed gearbox, wider tyres on 13” alloy wheels, fibreglass wheelarches and 7” inner headlamps, represented the ultimate development of the Fulvia – a fact proved by victory in the 1969 Mediterranean, Elba and RAC Rallies and the 84 Hour Marathon de la Route.
As with many homologation specials, the addition of an abbreviated suffix – in the case of the Lancia Fulvia, that of ‘HF’ – did not accurately reflect the manifold differences between the standard car and its competition counterpart. The former was powered by a 1,216-cc, 80-bhp version of the remarkable V4 engine, whilst the homologated 1.6 HF introduced for 1969 offered an all-new powerplant boasting an additional 400 cc, and a further 35 bhp.
Dubbed ‘Fanalone’ (roughly translated as ‘big headlights’), the 1.6 HF also benefitted from a close-ratio, five-speed gearbox, front suspension modifications and aluminium body panels, which transformed it into a potent 850-kg world-beating rally car. The Fulvia won the Italian Rally Championship eight times between 1965 and 1973, and both the International Championship of Manufacturers and Monte Carlo Rally in 1972 – the latter courtesy of Fulvia folk hero Sandro Munari.
Offered from a significant Monaco collection, this beautiful matching numbers car was a competitive entrant into last year’s Monaco historic rally. Eligible for a number of classic car events, rallies and hill-climbs, this is a very nice example in all respects and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.