I wasn't your ordinary teenager. When my peers were pouring over tarted up Japanese subcompacts and muscle cars, I had different ideas. I always wanted a Lancia Fulvia. The looks, the oddity of a V4 engine with a 5 speed dogleg gearbox and the rally pedigree were enough to get me hooked. I still haven't experienced the pleasure of owning a Fulvia, or any Italian car, for that matter. Being the determined person I am, however, I know I will achieve that goal someday. Unlike a few Fulvias we've featured recently, this one isn't residing in the old world. It's right here in New York.
This is a absolutely beautiful Red 1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S coupe, all restored to its original condition. The 1972 Lancia Fulvia is special because in this year it made automotive history by winning the International Rally Championship. This car is a 5 speed manual transmission and its a blast to drive! This car was professionally maintained in Italy before being shipped by its only owner. The owner is a distinguished Italian gentleman that collects cars. He is a long time member of the Italian racing club Scuderia del Castello Alcamo and this car is his show baby.
That being said this car is in excellent condition. The interior is soft black leather with no rips or tears. The dash has no cracks and the wood is perfect. The body has no rust and the lines of this car are perfectly aligned (as you can see in the pictures). The chrome is in excellent condition around the windows and bumpers. The motor and clutch was restored in Italy before being shipped, since then the car is has been mechanically kept by and well known Italian mechanic and the car has been kept in a temperature controlled garage. Mechanically the car is in excellent condition and no expense has been spared! I want to make sure that you when you bid and buy this car you buy it with confidence! So in an effort to be totally transparent this car is a 9.5 out of 10. It has does have a rip on the roof lining 3 inches long, the lining is original and it was white and a little dirty. The paint has some minor chips, under a half inch and less then 5. The rocker panel chrome is a little worn (I'll post the picture). If you Google this car, 1972 Lancia Fulvia you will see what they are going for! This car reserve will be way way below what most people want for this car.
Average prices for Fulvias that reside stateside are averaging around the $15,000 to $20,000, with the very best examples reaching into the $20,000 range. Enthusiasts in the US are beginning to recognize just how significant these vehicles are and soon you'll see values of these trend closer to the legendary Alfa Romeo GTV Coupes. If this car could be had for right around the $15,000 mark, it would be a smart buy and a very savvy way to get into the hobby of classic Italian car ownership. It certainly is well presented and shows little in the way of modification.
And the exhaust note is intoxicating...