It all began back in 1963 when Lancia launched the Fulvia saloon. Advanced for its time with a 1091cc V4 engine with double overhead camshaft, front wheel drive, disc brakes all round and independent front wish bone suspension. Even then the ingredients for rallying were there and then in 1965 two important events occurred. Firstly, in March, Lancia launched a short wheel base coupe version of the Fulvia with an enlarged 80hp 1216c engine and a weight reduction from 1,030kg to 950kg. Shortly afterwards the firm officially returned to racing, the HF Squadra Corse becoming the Lancia Reparta Corse, housed in a devoted workshop at the factory and headed by Cesare Fiorio.
The Fulvia racing debut was the Tour of Corsica on November 7th, the car finished eighth and was actually the prototype of the HF model with 10hp extra and weight down to 780kg, thanks to aluminium opening panels, stripped interior and Perspex windows. The Monte Carlo Rally in January showed promise with four finishing in the top ten, a month later the Fulvia’s first victory was secured in the Rally of The Flowers.
A relentless development programme was essential to remain competitive in world rallying and this was something Lancia were particularly good at. Over the next few years work continued apace, many successes followed and in 1971 the Fulvia reached its zenith with the launch of the 1.6HF boasting a remarkable 160hp at 7,200 rpm, thanks to Weber 45 carbs. With a (dry) kerb weight of just 850kg, the 1.6HF model proved to the ultimate iteration of the Lancia Fulvia Coupe.
This Fulvia (chassis 2263) is one of these highly desirable 1971 specification 1.6HF competition cars that was campaigned throughout the year by Lancia. 2263 was first registered on the 1st January with the works number T0 D73047 and was entered as a works car for five events during the 1971 season as detailed and documented in documentation on file from Lancia, the Automobile Club D’Italia and many specialist marque texts and websites.
14. 3. – 17. 3. 1971 - RET
Rally d’Italia (Int. championship for manufacturers) - Simo Lampinen (Fin) & John Davenport (GBR). Suspension damage. #9
Raced with numberplate: TO D73047
24.4. – 25. 4. 1971 - 6th
Rally 999 Minuti - Harry Källström (SWE) & Gunnar Häggbom (SWE)
Raced with numberplate: TO E51663
3.6. – 5. 6. 1971- 3rd Overall. 1st Class 4/2
Rally 4 Regioni (Mitroa Rally Cup) - Sergio Barbasio (ITA) & Piero Sodano (ITA).26.6. – 27. 6. 1971 - 1st Overall
Rally Alpi Orientali (Mitroa Rally Cup) - Sergio Barbasio (ITA) & Piero Sodano (ITA)
Raced with numberplate: TO E51663
26.9. 1971 - 1st Overall
Rally Medio Adriatico (Mitroa Rally Cup) - Sergio Barbasio (ITA) & Piero Sodano (ITA)
The Fulvia remained in Italy once retired from official duties retaining the number plate TO Y68003 until very recently. It was used again for rallying from September 1982 when the Automobile Club D’Italia registered the car to Mrs Caterina Barbieri in Turin. She retained ownership until 1997 when it was bought by Umberto Genovese who registered the Fulvia in Treviso and retained it until 2014. This information is documented in correspondence, registration documentation and Automobile Storico Italiano certificates all on file.
John Hughes had been looking for a great Fulvia Works Competition Car for many years, however most that KeySport inspected for him were rather compromised in terms of condition, specification and originality. When this example came up for sale in 2016, John purchased it immediately following inspection and had KeySport prepare it for the forthcoming 2017 Monte Carlo Classic Rally. The car was in great shape with only minor servicing work required. John very much enjoyed the event with his trusted long-time co-driver Emanuelle Baldaccini.
Today this genuine Works Fulvia 1.6HF is in the best condition, fully sorted and in great order in all respects with a superb settled in patina, so rare in a competition car. This is especially borne out inside with a gentle fading to the original cord bucket seats and that so evocative Lancia Rally steering wheel and binnacle. The car was fully serviced by KeySport recently and is ready for use. It comes with the above-mentioned history file, the FIA Historic Technical Passport for GT Class valid until 31/12/2026 and a second set of correct wheels and studded winter tyres.
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