"The Lancia Fulvia was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 with production running all the way through to 1976. The Fulvia is notable for its role in motor racing history, including winning the International Rally Championship in 1972. On testing it in 1967, Road and Track summed up the Fulvia as ‘a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force’. The Fulvia Berlina was designed by Antonio Fessia to replace the Lancia Appia with which it shared almost no components. The Appia was a rear wheel drive car, however, the Fulvia moved to front wheel drive like the Flavia. The general engineering design of the Fulvia was identical to that of the Flavia with the major exception of the engine; the Flavia having a four cylinder horizontally opposed engine and the Fulvia a 'narrow angle' vee configuration as featured on most production Lancias. The Fulvia used a longitudinal engine mounted in front of its transaxle. An independent suspension in front, used wishbones and a single leaf spring, while a solid axle with a panhard rod and leaf springs were used in the rear. Four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to the first series Fulvia. With the introduction of the second series in 1970, the brakes were uprated with larger Girling calipers all round and a brake servo.
This nice example originated in South Africa and was imported to the UK in July 1975 when it shows its first registration on these shores according to the V5C. It is presented in Grigio Patrizi Metallic (grey/silver metallic) with a black interior including HF front seats and interior styling. It sports a wooden HF steering wheel and in 2010 this Lancia was restored by Classic Lancia Restorations to ‘1600 HF specifications’ including 14X6J Cromadora wheels painted in gold which looks stunning. Since the present owner purchased the car in 2011, it has been serviced by Peter Harding Classic Restorations in Hampshire, where general mechanical maintenance work was also carried out (invoices in history file). Its 1.3 engine starts on the button and sounds crisp, providing this Italian classic with spritely performance and is a joy to drive according to the owner.