This Italian-market Lancia might not be perfect, but its fault-free mechanicals suggest its been cared for by its previous owners
What’s it like TO Drive?
It’s a joy to take the wheel of a Lancia in this condition. Blip the throttle and there’s a healthy, rev-happy note from the twin-cam engine, and the acceleration and smooth power delivery have nothing in the way of misfires or other running issues to blot the copybook. The handling is beautifully balanced and doesn’t suggest there’s anything amiss with the geometry or suspension. The brakes respond confidently and there’s a lovely notchy feel to the five-speed gearbox. All the controls work correctly, and the steering responds without any vagueness or play.
This Lancia was restored in Italy by all accounts, but we haven’t seen any receipts. The repaint is a fine quality one and in good condition. The panels all look original, with no signs of welding and no nasty indentations on the flanks. There is no rust on the panels or along the doors, sills or window surrounds, and no indication of filler being used to bodge previous repairs. The boot floor is solid, with no corrosion setting in. All the brightwork is very good, too, with no nasty scuffs or pitting on the chrome. New Cromodora wheels have been fitted and the tyres have also been recently replaced.
HOW’s The Interior?
The original-fit seat covers have deteriorated from prolonged exposure to sunlight. It’s one of the few niggles in an interior which is in superb condition, down to the scuff-free veneer on the dash and fine chrome detailing, including the adjusts on the side of the seats. The steering wheel is free of unsightly scratches and has aged well. All the instruments work and even the headlining has no nasty blemishes or sagging. The carpets have been recently renewed.
Under The Bonnet
There’s no evidence of smoke, leaks or cam rattle on the 1.3-litre V4 engine. There are some chips to the paintwork on the rocker cover, but mechanically it appears to have been serviced regularly. The radiator, hoses, suspension mounting and all other ancillaries suggest the car has been extremely well looked after. The Lancia flew through its first UK MoT, and the only two advisories – the front shock absorbers and the CV rubber gaiter – have now been attended to.
This Fulvia is well detailed, comfortable and offers very lively performance – you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a much more powerful car. Its Italian documentation shows four owners and it has obviously cared for over the years and remains in prime order.