Lot 327 - 1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport S Series II by Zagato
|Odometer reading||76,577 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
Introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963, the Lancia Fulvia is best remembered for its distinguished racing history. The small Lancia had a string of rally successes in the '60's including winning the '72 International Rally Championship. Upon its release Road & Track magazine described the Fulvia as 'a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force', and it enjoyed a well deserved sales success. Designed to replace the Lancia Appia and borrowing its engineering heavily from the Lancia Flavia, the Fulvia featured a newly designed narrow-angle V4 engine, independent suspension and all-round disc brakes. It was the narrow angle V4 engine though that really caused a storm. The DOHC design's narrow angle allowed for the use of a single cylinder head.
The Lancia Fulvia was available in Berlina, Coupé, Rallye and Sport however it was the Coupé version that proved most popular and gained the racing accolades the Fulvia is credited with. Its handsome and distinctive lines, coupled with the famous narrow angle V4 engine have since contributed to its reputation as a modern classic. Equipped with five-speed gearbox and powered by the 90bhp 1.3-litre twin-overhead camshaft engine introduced for the Second Series HF model of 1970-76, it was a little jewel - with 100mph performance, light steering and excellent brakes. Outliving its saloon variant by three years, the last Coupé left Lancia's Chivasso plant in June 1976.
Today's example originally formed part of the stable of Simon Empson of Borrani Classics. This, and a number of other Italian sportscars were then acquired in 1994 by the current owner, a private collector and enthusiast. They all languished in a barn on the estate until last week when the doors were opened and this, the nearest, was pushed out. Once on a ramp with the wheels off, the condition was found to be remarkably good with little or no bodywork issues. Also once the carburetors and fuel system had been taken apart, cleaned and re-assembled, the engine fired up with no problem at all and then passed an MoT test with no advisory notices. The interior woodwork is in excellent condition and the interior trim appears to have been replaced at some point given its condition. Even the remote motor that powers the rear tailgate is in full working order. Supplied with UK registration documents and a number of old MoT test certificates as well as a new one, this spirited Italian sports car from the famed design house of Zagato is in good order throughout and well priced.
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