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 Italian-delivered Second Series Fulvia has had an HF visual makeover, with many small details added by a long-time Italian owner, such as the armrests in the door, the upholstered steering wheel and additional headlights. The original bumpers, which are still in good condition, have been removed, but are still available. The engine, transmission, chassis and brakes have been serviced, as such everything performs as it should. A hugely enjoyable sports coupe, and built in the same year as the Lancia World Rally Year of 1972.