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Estimate: £30,000 - £35,000
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The Fulvia (Tipo 818) was a new, light, sporting car introduced by Lancia at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 and produced until 1976. Named after 'Via Fulvia', a Roman road leading from Tortona to Torino, the Fulvia was available in three variants: a Berlina 4-door saloon, a 2-door Coupé, and the Sport, a distinctive fastback coupé designed and built by Zagato, available as an alternative.
As well as being a delightful and rewarding road car in the best Italian tradition, Fulvias are notable for their role in motorsport history, including winning the International Rally Championship in 1972. On testing one of the early cars in 1967, the American magazine 'Road & Track' summed up the Fulvia as "a precision motorcar, an engineering tour-de-force".
The second series Fulvia Sport was launched at the 1970 Turin Motor Show and changes included a 5-speed gearbox, revised suspension geometry, taller ride height, an alternator in place of the previous dynamo, a taller final drive compared to earlier cars, and wider tyres. The body was now all-steel and seated a couple of (not very tall) passengers behind the front seats. Several other minor changes set the second series apart from the first: new driving lights, side mirror moved from the wing to the door, larger bullet-shaped tail lights from the Peugeot 204, and stamped steel wheels without hubcaps.
Offered here we have a recently restored 1972 Series II Fulvia HF from the estate of our recently departed friend, Barrie Williams. The history file indicates that it was restored by the previous owner over approximately four years as it contains an invoice, dated 2013, from Nottingham-based 'IN Racing' (Ian Nuthall's long-established classic sports car restoration business) for interim work totalling £6,679 and the HPI reports a colour change to Red from White in 2017. There is a further invoice in the file from IN Racing in 2013 that details a gearbox strip and rebuild including bearings and synchros. The Owner's File contains correspondence between previous owners, old MOTs, a letter from the Lancia Motor Club confirming the date of manufacture as being 1972, various invoices, and historic registration documents.
It's difficult to imagine a more delightfully presented little Italian seventies sports car. It sits square and true and its diminutive proportions are in perfect balance. It's finished to an excellent standard in the correct Rosso(HF) with a very smart black leather interior. The dashboard and instrumentation appear excellent and the HF steering wheel looks original. The odometer currently indicates 29,356 miles but this can't be warranted. The external brightwork is in good condition as are the silver wheels and the HF decals look period-correct. The engine bay is remarkable, almost 'Concours' standard with a striking, gloss blue and yellow painted cam cover. It wears a set of K&N Filters on the twin Webers and is fitted with a Facet fuel pump.
This is a lovely example of a much-revered model, owned most recently by a man who could be a touch pedantic when it came to detail, so you can be pretty sure it’s a good one!!!