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.
This very nicely presented Fulvia 1600 HF benefits from very strong bodywork with even panel gaps, and an extremely well preserved interior with its original HF seats. The powerful 1600cc motor runs and sounds delightful, driven through a smooth transmission and with excellent clutch and braking systems.
We are a big fan of these Fulvias, and we are sure this well sorted example will prove a huge amount of fun for the next owner.