The Lancia Fulvia was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 and it was named after “Via Fulvia” which was the Roman road between Tortona and Turin. It was manufactured in three variants, the Berlina 4-door Saloon, a 2-door Coupé and Sport with the fastback coupé designed and built by Zagato and introduced in 1967.
It may have been overshadowed in motorsport by its brother, the Coupé, but the Lancia Fulvia Sport, shaped by the legendary 100-year-old house of design that is Zagato, was surely the winner in the looks department. Created for performance on the road while the Coupé achieved excellence in rallying, the Sport boasted a more aerodynamic shape, evidenced in the fastback design and the piercing nose.
It was also a lightweight machine, and initial models were built with an aluminium body on a compact chassis, measuring just 13.5’ in length and 5.1’ wide. Perhaps most significantly for Lancia, which at this point was building most of its cars with an emphasis on engineering excellence and a price to match versus sales volume, the Fulvia Sport was the last of its kind. Debuting at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, the two-door Lancia Fulvia Sport was designed by Zagato’s Ercole Spada, and the suits put their faith in it to the extent that the car became Lancia’s first real entry into the US market, even though at the time it practically matched the sales price of the ever popular Corvette.
The Fulvia Sport utilised the Coupé’s 1216cc V4, which delivered approximately 80 bhp to the front wheels via a four-speed gearbox. The unusual Ettore Zaccone Mina-designed V4 hosted a single cylinder head thanks to its narrow angle of just 13 degrees, and was equipped with a dual-overhead camshaft valve train to improve airflow and combustion efficiency. Meanwhile, twin Solex carbs handled fuel and air mixing duties. In addition to its narrow V design, the engine was also positioned at an angle to achieve a lower hood line to improve aerodynamics, and was placed ahead of the front axle, directly above the transaxle.
After just 202 models were produced, a year later the first Fulvia Sport was supplanted by the Sport 1.3, which increased the motor’s bore to achieve a capacity of 1,298cc, which produced 89bhp at 6,000 rpm. This gave a 0-60mph time of around 13 seconds, with a top speed just shy of 110. Early versions of the Sport 1.3 continued with the aluminium body though later versions went with steel but retained the aluminium bonnet and doors.
In 1968, the 1.3S model pushed the pony count to 92, while also equipping the car with brake servos. That same year, a one-off Spider, two-seater variant of the Sport was presented at the Turin Motor Show. But, in a move which heralded the economies to come, it never reached full production. Following further financial difficulties, Lancia was sold again in 1969, this time to FIAT and the launch of the series two Lancia Fulvia Sport came a year later. Now with a five-speed gearbox and classed as a four-seater, the riveted aluminium panels were replaced with an all-steel body, welded to the monocoque to increase rigidity. The final and most significant development of the Sport was the launch of the 1600 in 1971 which borrowed the engine from the Coupé HF, Lancia’s rally champion. This boosted power to 115bhp—closer to 130 when tuned—with a top speed of roughly 120 mph. Just 800 examples of the 1600 model were built, with production of the Fulvia Sport ceasing altogether in 1972.
The Zagato-built Sport coupé achieved first in its class at the 1968, 1969 and 1971 Targa Florio, a second place in its class finish at the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring and first in its class at the 1969 24 Hours at Daytona.
Ex-works HF rally cars aside, the Sport Zagato is the most desirable and collectible of all the Fulvia's and undeniably one of the most striking designs of its era.
This fabulous example is an original 'Matching Numbers' UK-supplied RHD S2 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S Zagato - Chassis No: 8186513066 and Engine No: 80453 and it is allegedly one of only 30 Right-hand drive Zagato's that survive today and one of only 7 from 1972 currently licensed in the UK. It is finished in its original colour scheme of unmarked Rosso Palermo with a beautiful Black interior, superb wooden dashboard, its original wooden steering wheel and excellent chrome-work.
The car was purchased and first registered in the UK on September 5th 1972 to its first owner, a Mr Dennis Thomas in Watford. After 13 years of ownership, he sold the car to a Mr Czarnecki from Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire who kept the car for 29 years and for most of these 29 years it was in storage in his garage and not used until he decided to sell it at auction in 2014.
It was purchased in June 2014 by a well known car collector in Johannesburg, South Africa but it was never registered there and formed part of his large collection of cars and was the subject of a very high quality restoration which included a bare metal repaint and mechanical overhaul by an Alfa Romeo specialist in Johannesburg. All panels were original and completely rust free including all floor panels as you can see from our photographs and the interior of the car is also beautiful and original and in excellent condition.
In addition, the car had a full mechanical checkover and various new parts have been fitted including a new Clutch and both Solex Carburettors overhauled.
We were advised earlier this year that the car was going to be sold as he was reducing the size of his collection, so we are very fortunate to have purchased the car and bring it back to England. The car has only covered a believed genuine 39,973 miles from new but difficult to prove, although we have no reason whatsoever to consider this as being incorrect. It is clear on all HPi Registers and the National Mileage Register and we have its current and valid V5 Registration Document in Mr Czarnecki's name and issued by the DVLA in July 1985. It has only had the two owners in the UK and the last one in South Africa.
This car is simply stunning throughout and its condition is not far from being a 'Concours' car and certainly has to be seen and driven to be fully appreciated.
These cars are rarely found for sale and especially in RHD, let alone one in this condition, so we don't expect it to be on sale in showrooms for long!
We are currently preparing the car for sale which retains its original number plate - KKX 463L and we will also be servicing the car and obtaining a new MOT before sale.
A new set of our own photographs will follow upon completion of our showroom preparation.
Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake, SW London.
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