1973 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Lusso - a thoroughbred with racing credentials 

1973 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Lusso

– a thoroughbred with racing credentials 

Rare and desirable 1973 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Lusso. The Fulvia Coupe was among the best handling cars of the 1960s and 1970s. Using the same independent front suspension, well-located beam rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes as its saloon sibling, it sat on a 150mm shorter wheelbase. The work of Zaccone Mina, its narrow-angle DOHC V4 engine ranged in size from 1216cc to 1584cc and was allied to four- or (later) five-speed manual transmission. 

1973 Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Lusso

Responsible for Lancia’s first official foray into motorsport since withdrawing from F1 during 1955, the Fulvia Coupe placed 8th overall on its competitive debut, the 1965 Tour de Corse. Winning the Italian Rally Championship every year from 1965-1973 (except 1970), the Works Cars fielded by Cesare Fiorio also scooped the 1972 International Championship for Manufacturers with two rounds to spare.

The brainchild of legendary engineer Antonio Fessia, the Fulvia derived its name from a Roman road that connected Tortona to Torino. Launched at the 1963 Geneva Salon as a four-door Saloon, the newcomer was styled in-house by Piero Castagnero who also penned a two-door Coupe derivative that entered production in 1965. 

One of just 400 or so right-hand drive Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF cars made (from a total production run of 3,670), this particular example has been in the current family ownership since the late 1970s and as such is believed to have covered just 51,000 miles from new. 

Treated to an extensive ‘bare metal’ restoration by marque specialist Paxton Garage of Wrexham in 1991-1992, the Lancia had its bodywork re-metalled as necessary and attention paid to the brakes, suspension, engine and gearbox (though, the original interior was mainly preserved). 

Covering some 1,600 miles over the next ten years, the Fulvia has been in dry storage since 2002. Recently it was fired up by feeding fuel directly to the carburettors, the engine recording strong oil pressure.  Remarkably presentable given its inactivity, this rare RHD 1600HF is offered for sale with original handbook and history file.

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