Lan­cia Ful­via

This Ital­ian-mar­ket Lan­cia might not be per­fect, but its fault-free me­chan­i­cals sug­gest its been cared for by its pre­vi­ous own­ers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin

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.

Bodywork Check

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.

Our Ver­dict

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.

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