TEXT José Ricardo Gouveia | PICTURE Patrick Ernzen / #Lancia-Fulvia
Following a partnership with large scrolls, Lancia entrusted Fulvia Zagato the model. The result was the creation of a small coupe borderless bold to half-tones: Either you love or you hate.
Àsemelhança of what had happened to the Appia, Flavia and Flaminia, the #Lancia-Zagato
gave the project to the most special of Fulvia: Sport. Presented in November 1965, the new model was strictly identical to the coupe in mechanical terms, except for the longer final drive ratio, allowing harness its low weight and greater aerodynamic efficiency. Like the Coupé, the Lancia Fulvia Sport had a roll bar behind and least one semi-elliptical blade on the rear suspension, while the brakes were four-wheel drive.
The body of two volumes molded Peralluman, trade name of Aluminium 5083, had only a headlamp on each side was designated as 2 + 1 due to a back seat transverse position. The back door including the door and, as he does not catch, was equipped with a small electric motor, which allowed lift the door about four centimeters, enough to circulate the air inside when moving. Inside, the banks were also designed by Zagato, offering greater lateral support that banks applied in the remaining #Fulvia
was founded by #Ugo-Zagato
, a master craftsman of aluminum workshop in Milan in 1920. His first work was for Fiat, but after the 50 already worked for brands such as Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Moreover, models like the Appia Zagato GTE Appia, Aurelia and Flaminia Sport 2500 became true style icons for the bodybuilder. In the 70s the work of Zagato could be seen not only in the body of the Lancia Fulvia Sport as well as the Beta Spider.
Throughout his career, Fulvia Sport received all mechanical evolutions of the Coupé, adopting the engines 1.2, 1.3 and 1.3 S and the 1.6 engine in the second series, presented in 1970. The first major mechanical change he gave - if in 1967, with increased cylinder capacity of 1216cc V4 engine to 1231cc, without it translate into higher throughput. But, in 1967, the capacity increased to 1298 cc which made up the power for 87 horses at 6000 rpm, while it was slightly reduced engine angle. Early versions of Fulvia Sport 1.3 (about 700 units) kept the body in aluminium, but was later adopted one body in steel bonnet and doors in aluminium.
In #1968 #Lancia
returned to tamper with the 1.3 block by modifying her maximum speed of rotation, passing this to charge 93 horsepower at 6200 rpm, thanks to a higher compression ratio and the addition of an oil cooler. The 1.3s versions were normally equipped with servo.
Looking ahead to the competitiveness of the model, Cesare Fiorio - responsible for Lancia's competition department - spurred the development of larger engines, being named as responsible engineer for modifications #Ettore-Zaccone
Mina, who had also designed the engines of the D21 / 24 and D50 Formula 1. The new V4 engine 1.6, unveiled in 1970, had substantially modified, with a more acute angle and higher capacity. The compression ratio of 10.5: 1, larger and larger carburettors allowed radiator a power of 115 horsepower and a maximum speed of 190 kmh. In addition to the more powerful engine, the Sport 1600 came equipped as standard with electric windows.
At the same time it was shown the new engine Lancia took advantage to slightly modify the model aspect, fully moulded body made of steel, and larger rear lights, creating the series 2 that, in addition to the 1.6-litres received mechanical changes in version 1.3 S, including a new five-speed gearbox.
Thanks to the low weight, better drag coefficient and longer final drive ratio, the Fulvia Sport were faster and cheaper than the coupe version. Even Fulvia HF models, although lighter had performances - in particular, maximum speed - lower by almost 10 kmh to Sport. In 1972 the production of the models designed by Zagato drew to a close, having sold about 7078 units.
Thanks to the constant evolution of the V4 block, Lancia was renewed cyclically the mechanics of Fulvia. The little 1.2L to 1,3l, through robust 1,6l, the engines of Fulvia Sport only require certain periodic maintenance and exchange of timely replacement material to remain in perfect working order.
The transaxle transmission system does not usually show signs of wear or weakness affecting the car's behaviour, or could raise restoration. There is, however, to take into account the obvious signs of clutch wear (difficulty gear change, excessive noise when you press the pedal left pedal sinking) or noises from the shift selector.
The first models to leave the #Zagato
atelier had a body shaped into Peralluman, trade name of aluminium 5083. The panels were riveted or stapled to the monocoque while the headlight guards were moulded in chromed brass. With version 1.3, presented in 1967, the body began to be made of steel, with bonnet and doors in aluminium. From 1971, the Fulvia Sport 1.3s Series 2, the steel body now has all panels welded to the monocoque, which has increased the torsional rigidity of the model.
Models with steel body are common signs of rust, at key points as the wheel arches, boot background, car bottom and around the frames of glasses. Also it is necessary to take into account the state of the aluminium elements, since this material is harder to work with than steel, not responding the same way to techniques used by "normal" beaters.
Like the coupe, the Sport version of the Fulvia, the Lancia kept intact the elastic structure, that is, independent front suspension with unequal arms, transverse leaf spring, telescopic shock absorbers, and behind by rigid axle, semi-elliptical springs, Panhard rod, bar Telescopic shock absorbers and stabilizer. All moving parts should be checked on alignment and lubrication state. The dampers more kilometres above may need to be replaced, it is advisable to exchange them for a similar calibre. Likewise, the transverse leaf springs should be reviewed, and if they are bemused, exchanged by other. Ago, semielípticas springs should be targeted in a similar operation.
The position of four discs and hydraulic system, Fulvia the braking system is extremely sturdy and effective. However, in cars with many kilometres or signs of neglect, maintenance should be done with attention to all circuit parameters: the pumps to piping, through the state of, shoes and inserts, all parts should be reviewed. In case of total restoration - advisable units with obvious wear - the exchange of the braking system tubes can - and should - be accompanied by the replacement of the normal fluid brake for a silicone fluid, more resistant to moisture and to pass of the time.
Rack and pinion, the direction of Fulvia Sport can give problems if your shell start suffering from "animal of the plate," or start getting slack. In any case, a review of this element so important to enjoy the Fulvia should always be on the agenda.
The electrical system should be reviewed carefully. Inspect the fuse box, looking for signs of excessive humidity and bad contacts, which can manifest in erratic behaviour of the gauges and some commands.
Given the specificity of the model, the interior of Fulvia Sport may be a source of headaches. The availability of some of the pieces that make up the carrier finds a counterpoint in the absence of several parts, except in the used market. Pay particular attention to satellite commands to the steering column and a few buttons on the centre console. Seat upholstery are also hard to find new, being necessary to enlist the services of a good upholsterer - and similar tissue - to restore these elements.
Built using excellent platform Fulvia Coupé, the Sport model combines a great handling through bends with an enviable aesthetics. Probably the best front-wheel drive ever made by Lancia, the Zagato version is the most collectible, especially the first versions, with a body shaped aluminium.
While classic, this is a model for understanding where some traps "the Italian" may give some headaches during restoration. Worth pondering the purchase as well.
Like other Fulvia Coupé, the Fulvia Sport was using the engines of 1.2, 1.3 and 1.6-liter V4 disposal. In our country, in 1973, the Fulvia Sport 1.3 cost 178 thousand.
Tips & Market
Prices provided by Berto Ricambi. Does not include shipping costs.
Basket of parts
Windshield € 435.72
Symbol "Fulvia" dash for € 30.75
Emblem "Z" side € 46.74
Brake pump € 405.75
Brake fluid deposit € 104.55
Set of hand brake shoes (to 1969) € 73.80
Disc rear brake (1970-76) € 138.38
Carburetor repair kit Solex 35 (Fulvia 1300) € 47.97
Game trumpets for Solex carburetors 35 € 215.25
Gearbox gaiter € 43.30
Gear switch back € 68.88
Central bar direction (1971-76) € 49.67
Damper € 108.24
Clutch Kit € 275.45
Electronic distributor € 342.92
Water pump € 196.80
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Italian Cars Club Squadra Fulvia (www.italian-cars-club.com/Squadra-Fulvia)
Via Fulvia (www.fulviateile.de)
Fulvia Coupe Team Berlin (www.fulviacoupe.de)
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Emporio Ricambi (www.lancia-ricambi.de)
KFZ-Meisterbetrieb Franz Heilmeier (www.franzheilmeier.de)
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Vincenzo Lancia Classic Service (www.vincenzo.nl)
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Alternatives in the domestic market
Alfa Romeo Giulia Junior Z - 215 (1973)
Years of production 1969-1975
Total production in 1108 copies
Displacement / power 1290cc / 86cv
Top speed 175 kmh
Share price (100%) 35 000 euros
Strengths Design Zagato
Weaknesses Body Corrosion
Fiat 124 Sport Coupe - 87 (1968)
Years of production 1966-1975
Total production 280 000 copies
Displacement / power 1438cc / 90cv
Top speed 170 kmh
Share price (100%) 8500 euros
Strengths aesthetic elegance
Weaknesses Body Corrosion
Lotus Elan FHC 164 - (1969)
Years of production from 1962 to 1974
Total production 8700 copies
Displacement / power 1558cc / 106cv
Top speed 185 kmh
Share price (100%) 36 500 euros
Aesthetics strengths and benefits
Weaknesses rarity and fragility
Being a Fulvia, the bodywork by Zagato model is quite nice to drive. Specific parts such as headlights or wings are rare
Sharing many of the mechanical and aesthetic elements of the remaining Fulvia family, the Sport has the specific signature Zagato bodywork with its main feature differentiating. The interior is lined with good quality materials.
Lancia Fulvia Sport
Buy it now! #Lancia-Fulvia-Sport-Zagato
€ Model Years of production #1965
Total production 7078 Strengths original aesthetic benefits Behavior Weaknesses high Rarity Quotation Quotation Corrosion Model 100 1.3% S € 18,500.