|Year||1969||Engine capacity||1298 cc|
|Exterior colour||Blue Scuro||Engine configuration||V4 with carburaters|
|Interior colour||Panna||Engine number||4644|
|Upholstery||Leatherette||Rims||13-inch steel with hubcaps|
|0 - 100 km/u||12.4 sec||Wheels||Michelin|
|Top speed||168 km/u||Production numbers||16827|
|VIN number||818360004385||Other||Highly original and rust-free Rally S|
Named after an old Roman road running from Cortona to Torino, the Via Fulvia, this was the car that put Lancia on the rally car map. The Fulvia Rallye 1.3S was launched in 1968 as an ode to rally cars from the first series of Fulvia's, featuring special aluminum doors, trunk and hood, which were also used for the rally and HF models. The engine power was increased to 92hp, due to the further development of the remarkable V4. Weighing only 935 kg, the 1.3S was in its day a speedy sports coupe. Thanks in part to the front-wheel drive, the Fulvia was victorious in several prestigious rallies, culminating in its victory at the World Rally Championship in 1972. Mechanically, the Fulvia was extremely progressive and well built, but commercially the car’s costly development and production was ultimately Lancia’s undoing, and the company was eventually taken over by Fiat. And we all know how that turned out. The Lancia’s that were built by the independent company, founded by Vincenzo Lancia in 1906, are now much-loved and valuable classic cars, thanks to their premium design, build quality and detailing. Oddly enough, though, this wasn’t always the case: in recent years the brand has been busy doing a lot of catching up, meaning that any possible restoration work carried out these cars in the past was usually only moderately done. Hence, when in search of a Fulvia, it is therefore advisable to find an original, like this car, which, except for being repainted once, has the original metal plating underneath. I have seen really good restorations, but unfortunately they are rare. The model offered here then is a Fulvia Coupe from the rarest 1.3S Rally series in a wholly original state (modelled after the HF of course). Expertly repainted only once for cosmetic reasons, nothing welded or tampered with. The windows were removed during the repainting and the rubbers also renewed. The Fulvia is an icon with unique lines and superb mechanics, and highly regarded by today’s aficionados.
Options were largely unknown of at that time. The steering wheel lock with key is remarkable, however.
This Fulvia’s body is beautifully preserved and completely original. Perfect lines and fits. Superb, flawless paintwork. All chrome and stainless steel in mint condition, shining deeply everywhere. All window rubbers are new. Although the repainting was done some years ago, the car shows no signs of wear anywhere. No dents, no chips nor other noticeable damage. Bumpers are perfectly straight on the car, with no parking damage. Flawless windows all around. All in all a beauty that photos can never fully do justice to….
The interior is remarkable - totally original and flawless. A veritable time machine, and it unimaginable that all this dates from 1968. The leatherette seats are beautiful and retain their original shape. These are indeed special seats with ‘see through’ backs. Take note the brilliant chrome strips in the backrest. The seats are undamaged and show no entry wear. Original rubber floor mats. The dashboard wood is certainly not dull, and has no heat cracks on top. Headlining is original and a pristine white. All switches and dials are pristine and easily readable. Non-smoker.
Up front one finds the original V4 engine with such a small block corner that it is seemingly a line engine. Consequently, it’s also a small engine, lying relatively low in the car, although toward the front, on to which the gearbox is positioned lengthwise. The engine compartment is also completely original and pristine. All plates and factory numbers are present and legible. Original Solex carburetors. The extra oil cooler, which the Rally is renowned for, is situated in the front, on the left-hand side. The engine runs smoothly, sounds great and does not smoke. The trunk is also original, undamaged. Neat rubber floor mats. Complete set of car tools and spare tire.
Sold new in 1969 by a Lancia ‘concessionario’ Ranieri, in Rimini. Since 1969, the car has known only three owners, all of whom kept her garaged. Generally, a dry continental climate is a guarantee for rust-free metal sheeting. This entirely original car is a beautifully preserved ‘time machine’, with no rust and in good mechanical condition.