The Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato was another collaboration with the legendary styling house. It was slightly more acceptable looking than the outlandish Zagato-bodied Sport Flavia, but the aluminium Fulvia was still an unusual looking car that buyers either loved or hated. Beyond those looks, though, the Fulvia Sport Zagato remains a true classic – even rarer and more desirable is the Spider version, of which only a handful were made.
Those concept car looks promised a great driving experience and, thankfully, the Sport Zagato lived up to the off-the-wall styling. Like the HF, the Zagato was lighter than the standard Coupé, and the power-to-weight ratio delivered by the lively V4 power units was enhanced usefully, resulting in excellent performance. The top 1.6-litre 115bhp Sport Zagato is an absolute gem. Upgraded during its life, the Sport Zagato even picked up additional equipment such as electric windows later in life, a sure sign that drivers wanted more gadgets to be put into the 1970.
The beautiful Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato offered here has undergone a painstaking 3 year rebuild. Found in a barn some 4 years ago the current owner embarked on a comprehensive restoration programme. The car was stripped back to the bare metal and works carried out included:
Bare metal repaint
Repaint wheels and rocker cover in period white
New panels made for the car including sills, wheel arches, rear tailgate slam and gutter, rear valance.
New door window weather strip
New door and tailgate seals
Petrol tank removed, cleaned inside and out and fully sealed.
New petrol hoses
New fuel tank sender unit
Complete carburettor rebuild, jets, seals, gaskets, o-rings, manifold etc. etc.
New spark plugs
Newly refurbished brake calipers all round (1 actually brand new)
New front and rear brake hoses
New ‘123’ electronic ignition, distributor cap, plug leads, coil etc.
Completely reupholstered interior including new red leather seats, new headlining, door cards, restored full length sun roof, new carpets, mats, etc. etc.
New Dash top
New wooden dash instrument surround
New door mirrors
Rebuilt brake master cylinder
New shock absorbers
New suspension bushes etc.
Refurbished locks and new keys
New rocker cover gaskets
This is a Fulvia Zagato that demands closer inspection and would be a superb addition to any serious collection.