1972 Lancia Fulvia
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- Genuine Fulvia HF Gr.4 factory car
- Stylish Italian restoration
- Presentation conforms to period specifications
Registered new in the name of Lancia SpA with the number G36419 TO, this Group 4 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF was part of the official marque factory team for the 1972 season. It took part in numerous rallies in period, driven notably by Sergio Barbasio (known as " La Volpe " or the Fox) and Piero Sodano, during the period that another Fulvia HF won the Monte Carlo Rally driven by Sandro Munari and Mario Manucci. Sergio Barbasio was a brilliant driver who won the Italian Rally Championship in 1971 and 1972 at the wheel of a Lancia 1.6 HF.
In April 1975, this car changed hands and was registered in the name of Luigi Tabaton, another renowned Italian driver who used it to compete in numerous races. Tabaton was a key player in the Scuderia del Grifone and his son, Fabrizio Tabaton, went on to win the Italian Rally Championship in 1985 and 1987, and the European Rally Championship in 1986 and 1988, always for Lancia.
In 1981, this car passed to another rally driver, Alberto Sassi from La Spezia. It was registered SP 181779.
Since its glorious heyday, the car has been restored with care and attention. Respecting the period specifications, it is presented in the 1972 Barbasio-Sodano livery. It features the characteristic wing extensions and a line of four lights with the larger two in the centre. Mechanically, it boasts the characteristics of the factory cars : large capacity fuel tank in the rear boot, special oil reservoir and radiator, roll-cage, extinguisher, small period bucket seats and lightweight door panels. The dashboard is resolutely sporty with a large rev-counter, graduated to 10,000 rpm, positioned centrally behind a two-spoke wheel. The engine preparation matches the car's radical appearance, featuring two large Weber 45 carburettors. The car has retained a sense of how it was in 1972, and the owner of this Fulvia will be able to pride himself on owning a genuine HF factory car, rather than one of the many replicas that appear on historic rallies. A car that has been driven by some of the best drivers of the day, in the most prestigious events. This is a rare opportunity to be seized by all rally enthusiasts.