Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Fulvia Rallye 1.3 HF

Words & pictures - Daniel Bevis

Lancia's jewel-like Fulvia was, like every car in their canon, a mould-breaking and forward-thinking little thing - V4 engines, lightweight construction, Pirelli Cinturato tyres... and the coupé variant was a little peach.
Given Lancia's enthusiasm for motorsport, a variety of homologation models were inevitable; the original Fulvia HF of 1965 featured aluminium doors, bonnet and boot along with Plexiglass windows and a tuned version of the 1,216cc V4 that offered 88bhp. The next evolution was the car that you see here - the Fulvia Rallye 1.3 HF: much the same, but with a new 1,298cc V4 and 101bhp. Further evolutions naturally followed - the 1.6 HF, the Monte Carlo, the Safari - but the Rallye 1.3 HF is arguably the ideal mix of purity and performance. Looks pretty damn good too, doesn't it?

Spotted at 72MM - more photos here.

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