Lot 241 - 1973 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1600 Zagato
|Odometer reading||58,905 km|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £35,000|
The Lancia Fulvia was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 and produced until 1976. Fulvias are notable for their role in motorsport history including winning the International Rally Championship in 1972. On testing it in 1967, Road & Track summed up the Fulvia as "a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force".
The Fulvia was available in three variants: Berlina four-door saloon, two-door coupé, and Sport, an alternative fastback coupé designed and built by Zagato on the coupé floorpan.
Introduced in 1967 with the 1,298cc (87bhp) engine, the Zagato was later offered with the 1.6-litre 115bhp HF unit, a sparkling combination with a top speed approaching 120mph. A five-speed gearbox was standard equipment from 1971. Production ceased after Zagato had manufactured around 7,000 cars, a mere 800 of which were the ultimate 1.6-litre version. Lighter and more nimble than the standard-bodied cars, the Sport distinguished itself in competition, particularly in long distance events. Fulvia Sport Zagatos scored highly in the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours (where a Sport earned a class win in 1969). Ex-works HF rally cars aside, the Sport Zagato is the most desirable and collectible of all the Fulvias and undeniably one of the most striking designs of its era.
This rare 1600 Sport has recently undergone a restoration and as a result the engine, chassis and transmission are described condition wise as being 10 out of 10. Finished in the classic colour scheme of red with a contrasting black interior it is supplied with Italian paperwork and original documents from its manufacture in 1973. This fantastic Zagato-bodied pocket rocket is rare and highly collectible; with only 800 produced and much fewer in existence today, let alone in the condition of this fine example, this particular car has to be the ultimate 1600 Zagato.