Chassis no. 818741003000
Engine no. 8185406926
Registration no. KMV 47K
Converted to rally specification in the early 1990s
Highly successful competitor in Historic rallying
Engine rebuilt circa 15,600 miles ago
Rewired in 2001
Though mechanically similar to the Fulvia saloon, the beautiful 2+2 coupé launched in 1965 had all the visual presence its progenitor lacked and came with a 1,216cc engine producing 80bhp. Tuned, lightweight 'HF' versions provided increased performance and formed the basis of the works' highly successful rallying programme that saw the Fulvia HF1600 secure Lancia's first Manufacturers' World Championship in 1972. Ultimate expression of the Fulvia coupé, the 1600HF had been introduced in 1969 and came with a 1,584cc engine producing 115bhp in road tune, an output sufficient for a top speed of 185km/h (115mph), plus revised suspension and a five-speed gearbox. Production ceased in 1973 after a little fewer than 5,000 1600HFs had been built.
This right-hand drive Fulvia 1600HF was first registered on 1st September 1971; originally black, it was repainted red in 2003, having been converted to rally specification circa 1992/1993. The vendor advises us that the engine was rebuilt at 97,000 miles (the current odometer reading 112,600 miles) and that the car has had nine previous owners. This Fulvia has enjoyed a highly successful career in Historic rallying, competing in the Rallye des Pyrenees (twice); the Tulip Rally; the Monte Carlo Historique (four times, with a best finish of 3rd in class); Rallye Historique de Belgique (1st overall); Woolbridge Championship (1st); LMC Landmarks Rally (1st); and many more besides.
Accompanying documentation includes MoTs, service invoices, and numerous bills for thousands of pounds dating back to 1994; some rally history (UK and Europe) including photographs and press cuttings; a Fulvia buyer's guide; and a V5C Registration Certificate. The car also comes with a wiring diagram (it was rewired in 2001); workshop manuals; a set of five wheels/tyres; a jack; and some service parts. One particularly notable feature is the timing clock, which started life in a MiG-15 jet fighter
Text & Image: Bonhams
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