The introduction of the Fulvia saloon in 1963 maintained Lancia’s unparalleled reputation for innovation in automobile design. It replaced the rather boxy Appia and featured an all-new, narrow-angle (13-degree) overhead-camshaft V4 engine; front wheel drive; independent front suspension by double wishbones; and disc brakes all round. A 2+2 coupe on a shorter wheelbase was launched in 1965. Though mechanically similar, the newcomer had all the visual presence its progenitor lacked and came with a 1,216cc engine producing 80bhp. Tuned ‘HF’ versions provided increased performance, while for the style conscious there was the eye-catching Sport Zagato, characterised by one of the eponymous Milanese carrozzeria’s typically lightweight and aerodynamic bodies. The shape was penned by Ercole Spada, arguably Zagato’s most important post-war designer, who had forged his reputation for creative brilliance with the iconic Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato of 1960.
Introduced in 1967 with the 1,298cc (87bhp) engine, the Zagato was later offered with the 1.6-litre 115bhp HF unit, a sparkling combination with a top speed approaching 120mph. A five-speed gearbox was standard equipment from 1971. Production ceased in 1972 after Zagato had manufactured around 7,000 cars, a mere 800 of which were the ultimate 1.6-litre version. Lighter and more nimble than the standard-bodied cars, the Sport distinguished itself in competition, particularly in long distance events. Fulvia Sport Zagatos scored highly in the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours (where a Sport earned a class win in 1969). Ex-works HF rally cars aside, the Sport Zagato is the most desirable and collectible of all the Fulvias and undeniably one of the most striking designs of its era.
The Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1600 HF offered here has to be one of the finest examples available. It has been subject to a restoration and the vendor describes it as being in very good condition. Zagato designed cars are always highly regarded and this is surely an opportunity not to be missed!