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  • First-year example of the Fulvia Coupé HF homologation special
  • The foundation of Lancia’s rally success; one of 435 examples built
  • Restored to factory-appropriate Amaranto Montebello over black interior
  • Retains lightweight hood, trunk lid, doors, and rear windows
  • Tastefully upgraded with select later HF features, including wheel arches and Cromodora alloy wheels

With the 1965 Fulvia Coupe, Lancia recognized that it had the makings of a successful rally car—but the standard, all-steel Coupe carried too little power and too much weight. So, in 1966 Lancia introduced the “Coupe HF” (retroactively, the “1.2 HF”).

A special head, hotter cams, and larger carburetors for the 1,216-cubic-centimenter V-4 increased output from 80 to 88 brake horsepower. Bumpers were removed, the steel doors, hood, and trunk lid were replaced with alloy pieces, side and rear glass were substituted with acrylic, and undercoating, sound deadening, and extraneous trim were deleted. Weight was reduced from nearly 2,100 pounds to just under 1,820 pounds.

500 examples were required to homologate the HF for Group 3 competition, but this quantity included sufficient spares to make up for cars not completed. With only 435 examples built, the 1.2 HF was the rarest of the HF Fulvias. Thought the car saw immediate success in competition, finishing 1st and 3rd in its inaugural event, the 1966 Rally dei Fiori, it was superseded when the 1,298cc version of the car was introduced in 1967.

Sold new in Rome, Italy, this car was reportedly exported to Los Angeles, California in the 1970s. Purchased out of the United States, exported to Chile by the consignor in 2009, and subsequently restored, it wears Amaranto Montebello paint over a black interior. It retains its aluminum hood, trunk lid, doors, and is fitted with lightweight rear windows. Inside, the Nardi wood steering wheel compliments the wood dashboard. An electronic ignition system was installed for greater reliability; however, the fuel gauge and heater are reportedly non-operational.

This car has been upgraded with features from later variants: The valve cover bears the hallmark yellow/blue/yellow “HF stripe,” and wheel arch extensions and Cromodora wheels are borrowed from the 1.6 HF. These enhancements add a sporting feel to the already rewarding driving experience of this rare Fulvia Coupe.
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