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1972 Alfa Romeo 1300GT Junior

One of my favorite Alfa Romeos of all time has to be the 105/115 Series coupes. Styled by Bertone, these cars have crisp lines that have aged well. Add in the twin cam engine, 5-speed gearbox and disc brakes on all four corners and you have a classic that can also keep up well with modern traffic. Most of the cars that made it stateside were powered by the 2.0 liter engine, but other markets got small displacement versions, like this 1300GT Junior for sale in Portugal. This example has been restored and wears a very striking combination of blue over red leather.

Year: 1972
Model: 1300GT Junior
Engine: 1.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $25,600 Buy It Now

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We are glad to offer:

Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

2 Senior Italian Owners from New (Same family)

Excellent and very rare colour combination

Restored and in a very fresh presentation.

New Interior

All the Alfa Romeo original Rubber mats (interior and trunk) are new.

New rubber seals (all)

Very god quality Exterior Paint.

Mechanic in perfect condition.

Rare opportunity to buy an excellent car at very good price.

18750€

This car is priced almost right in the middle of what a Condition #2 and Condition #1 car go for according to Hagerty. There are plenty of 2000 GTVs out there at that price point, but maybe not as freshly restored. These sports coupes are still at a good price point for those collectors who want something a bit more special than the run of the mill Fiat but might not have a Ferrari budget. For me and many others, these coupes hit the sweet spot of the collector market.

-Paul

1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato

Its very interesting to me how each of the styling firms in Italy has distinctive features that seem to carry across their different designs. Perhaps when you first see the shape you don't immediately recognize the designer, but once you know it makes sense. Vignale and Touring had inspired if conservative designs; increasingly both Bertone and Pininfarina captured the angular market. Giugiaro's work at multiple firms carrys a signature blend of angles and curves, but one of the most distinctive in my mind are the Zagato designs. Be it an Aston Martin or an Alfa Romeo, the Zagato brand meant one thing - tight curves that pared down the shape to a bare minimum, flowing tightly around the wheel arches with minimal overhangs front and back. Some of the best known Zagato work is with the Alfa Romeos and Aston Martins of the 1960s and 1970s, but one neat car they really added a lot of character too was the already colorful Lancia Fulvia Sport:

Year: 1972
Model: Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato
Engine: 1.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 21,000 mi
Price: $38,000

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Here is for sale my 1972 Lancia Fluvia Zagato Sport 1.3, this car has a Florida clean title, I am first owner since it was import from Italy, runs good, looks great, all work on this car, take advantage of this opportunity, I am selling because need the space and the money too, any question please write to me at tony1961@msn,com

When talking about really classic Italian designs, both the Fulvia and Zagato's work usually make the mark, and the combination here was both inspired and unique. Though certainly some aspects of the design are reminiscent of the NSU Ro80, the Fulvia Sport stands on its own as a truly neat design. This is the way to buy one; a one owner car that is in pristine condition - and the Zagato name doesn't break the bank here. Whereas an Aston will set you back the best part of a few million dollars, you can get into a similarly styled Lancia for just under $40,000. That strikes the middle ground on the Fulvia - cheaper than some of the most expensive models but about double what a condition 1 1.2 from the same year will set you back. It seems appropriate given the unique nature of the car that this should be the case, and I'd still consider $38,000 to be a reasonable asking price for such a cool car!

-Carter

1972 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

There aren't too many cars where it's considerably more common to see the convertible than the coupe; but in the case of the Fiat 124, that's exactly the case. Most of the Fiat 124s imported to the U.S. were the very popular spider variant. However, the coupe was a great looking alternative that shared the Lampredi designed 4 cylinder. If general rarity wasn't enough, today's example has been kicked up a notch. From the second run of production, this 124 Sport Coupe is an ex-racer that's been returned to road use:

Year: 1974
Model: 124 Sport Coupe
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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1974 Fiat 124 Sport

All bills from our time of ownership included.

- 2 liter engine (Completely rebuilt. Bottom end (crankshaft, conrods, pistons, etc.) balanced and blueprinted by JMS Racing Engines. All reciprocating masses balanced. Block deck checked for uniformity of surface. Crankshaft main bearing journals line bored. Professionally bored and honed (40 over). New pistons (stock compression ratio (40 over)). Basically the bottom end is a thoroughly checked out and then done well stock bottom end, if the factory decided to dynamically balance all the moving parts.

- Ishihara-Johnson crankshaft scraper custom fabricated. (Significantly reduces turbulence in the crankcase. Basically gives you a few percent free horsepower by not having to carry around excess oil on your crankshaft or deal with the hurricane force winds that are created in a crankcase without a crankscraper). Highly recommend IJ crank scrapers though be prepared to spend the time test fitting and filing to ensure proper clearances because we're talking thousandths of inches here and IJ builds in a margin.

- Forged aluminum crankshaft pulley, idler shaft pulley, and water pump pulley fabricated by Miller's Mule. Miller's Mule adjustable camshaft pulleys.

- 1800 head to bump up the compression ratio to about 10 to 1 (Completely rebuilt. BIG VALVES (intake and exhaust), intake and exhaust ports port matched to intake and header. Allison's Automotive torque cams. Allison's Automotive prepared the valve train).

- Miller's Mule 9.5 lb billet aluminum flywheel w/ racing clutch and pressure plate (clutch and pressure plate from Allison's Automotive). New throwout bearing.

- Allison's Automotive tuned length, stepper header system with a completely new (not Allison's) header back exhaust system (single Magnaflow muffler).

- Weber 44 IDF carburetors.

- Aluminum Pro Cool radiator with adjustable fan control and high capacity cooling fan (Allison's Automotive).

- KYB gas shocks. Front and REAR anti-sway bars.

- Gotti forged 2 piece racing wheels 15x7. New Nexen N300 195/45 ZR 15. Two piece wheel spacers that convert the 4 lug pattern to 5 lug (very expensive to fabricate).

- EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, Front and rear. New or rebuilt brake calipers. New front drilled brake rotors. New rear rotors. New braided steel brake lines (Allison's).

- External large capacity Oil Cooler mounted in the front grill. Custom braided steel oil lines with Aeroquip aerospace fittings fitted.

- Seats upholstered in gray perforated leather and gray alcantara type suede material. Door cards are upholstered in a gray alcantara.

- 4 point roll cage.

- Gas tank flushed and resealed.

- Computronix D.I.S. 4 (distributorless ignition system) to give her some spark. Something like a consistent 50,000 + volts for your plugs.

- All bumpers and bumperettes professionally straightened and rechromed.

More.

Hey there, these are links to the car running.

NOTE: THIS WAS A RACE CAR PRIOR TO OUR (my dad and I) REBUILDING THE CAR. THE TRANSMISSION SYNCHROS ARE WEAK. We can have Allison's Automotive rebuild the tranny synchros for a very fair price. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am currently an employee of the shop.

NOW, the paint sucks. I love the color. I wanted something very 70s to fit the era of the car so I got House of Kolor base coat, top coat, sparkles, and clear. Our painter and finishing body guy blew the deal, got arrested, etc. Car was halfway finished and with a few missing pieces (lower trunk trim piece which we never got back). Anyways, two new guys were called in to finish the paint. From certain angles it looks great. Others, no. That's OK as you probably hate the color anyways and want to change it as soon as you get it on your driveway.

Also, the car was owned and raced in SOLO by some guy that now has done some NASCAR stuff and I think his kid has raced a bit. I'll have to get his name and include it in a few. The previous owner is up in Oregon somewhere. I bought the car off of Allison's Automotive in Upland, the shop that this guy sold his car to. Being a race car, the driver side of the car has bondo, from the owner racer tagging some hay bails or something. A new quarter fender was added at some time and others had been hammered out and then smoothed over. The body is straight (now) and the frame is straight. This isn't a trailer queen and never will be. This is a USER's car.

While it's not perfect, this car tugs at my heart; I've done similar modifications to my Audi Coupe, and while it certainly compromises the quality of the car as a road car, it does make it more fun. I'd be a little concerned about the longevity of the engine turned up in this state, but the seller seems to honestly detail both the strengths and the weaknesses. I love the style, stance and coloring of this Fiat, and the fact that it's not a trailer queen makes me want it even a bit more. Hagerty places the value of these Coupes in this condition around $6,000. To me, it'd make a great alternative to the more commonly sought and much more expensive Alfa GTV. Certainly, you're not likely to see another like it soon, if ever!

-Carter

1972 Lancia Fulvia

While the Lancia Fulvia Coupe was out racking up rally victories, it's four-door counterpart went rather unnoticed throughout its production run. Perhaps it was the Fulvia Berlina's homely yet tailored looks, but beneath lied advanced technology for the age. The engine was a narrow angle V4, mounted at a 45° angle. One camshaft operated all intake valves and another operated the exhaust valves. The use of a narrow angle allowed Lancia to package the engine with one cylinder head. Add to this engine four-wheel disc brakes, front-wheel drive and front independent suspension and you had a formula for fun. This Fulvia Berlina for sale in Maryland is a little rough but is perfect for someone looking for a collectible to tinker with and improve this winter.

Year: 1972
Model: Fulvia Berlina
Engine: 1.3 liter V-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Need a last minute gift for that incorrigible Italian car enthusiast in the family? Look no further!

Here is one of the last TRUE Lancia automobiles. That illustrious company was bought by Fiat in 1969, and built their last Fulvia Berlina in 1972. Though a few Fulvia Coupes were built until 1976, the rest of the line was converted to Fiat-designed vehicles (of much lower quality).

The Fulvia probably killed Lancia because it cost too much to produce. Though it was only a small-displacement car, it was engineered with the same high standards as the more expensive Lancias. Many details of these last Lancias show amazing attention to detail, and extraordinary engineering creativity. Many parts are cast, not stamped steel.

I imported this car from the Venice area of Italy in November 2004. It has been a wonderful car to own and drive and even enjoy as garage-art. But it does very few miles and needs attention in a number of areas, and it is time for someone with fewer vehicles (or more resources!) to bring it back to its former glory.

Pros

- Original engine/trans/rear work well and this is a wonderful driving car. Bend it through a corner and it will track like an arrow through the apex.
- The body is fundamentally solid. There have been a few body repairs done, and it does show some rust damage around the windshield, but this is not one of those Italian cars that swam through salt water to get here!
- All electrical systems/lights work
- Great color combo
- All original down to the hubcaps with their beautiful cast centers
- Shortly after the car landed, we dropped the front sub-frame and did an extensive update, including clutch, rear main seal, steering box bushings, axle boots and all rubber bushings that mount the sub-frame to the body. We painted the body mount boxes with anti-rust paint to assure future integrity.

Cons

- The car needs minor body work and paint. Ideally, you'd have a body shop do all the minor imperfections, including removing the windshield to repair the rust there, then paint the same solid dark blue color it is now.
- It needs tires. The Fulvia still has the European tires I bought it with and I hate to replace them if the next owner wants a wider tire or different wheel.
- There are a number of small projects to be done (it is a 1972!) including aligning the steering wheel, new weatherstripping, and gaskets in the gauges.
- There is a slight exhaust leak. It sounds lovely going through the gears, but I now hear a slight leak closer to the manifold.

Btw, parts for this car are not hard to find. Not necessarily cheap, but they are available. I understand that this is an odd time to list a car (Christmas week), so if you cover the deposit, you are welcome to pick up the car anytime in January. Please call for more detail as required.

Al
410-353-3896

A show quality Fulvia Berlina will currently run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000. Given the amount of work needed on this example, I would peg this car somewhere in the $6,500 to $8,500 range. This is a very complete example that could be run on a daily basis with a little TLC or prove a solid base for a concours restoration project.

-Paul

1972 Maserati Indy 4.7 – REVISIT

The Maserati Indy 4.7 we featured last month is still for sale by it's owner Matthias. The Indy was sort of a dual purpose vehicle. Designed by Vignale, it was meant to replace the Mexico and four-door Quattroporte. These days, the Indy is a good choice for those seeking an old school V8 Maserati on a relative budget.

Year: 1972
Model: Indy
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,000
Price: $61,000

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Maserati Indy 1972 EUROPEAN CAR, only 18.000 originally miles, with rare 4.7 Engine, 4 webers (including original airfilter) and 5-speed ZF manual gearbox, electric windows, power steering, air conditiong etc. Fully equipped. Full documentation, clean US-Title AND Mexican Title. Car was sold new in Italy in 1972 and imported into USA/New York to a lawyer in 1977. Sold and imported to another Lawyer to Mexico-City in 1981, sold to Monterrey (Mexico) in 1986, changing owners there two times over the years and finally sold to Saltillo, Mexico to actual owner in 2006 and actual located in Laredo, Texas, USA (close to port of Houston,interesting for Export).

She is in excellent conditions because she was stripped 10 years ago down to scratch, to be repainted from base. The restauration was completed with new weatherstrips and rubbers and hoses etc. while trying to keep her as originally as possible. She is not welded! No Rust. She has never seen salty coast areas, always has lived in dry climate. Of course she never had an accident. Mechanically she is also very good due to the low kilometers and care. Interior is in excellent condition and mostly original, see pics.

She just got a "Big Inspection" with all fluids changed and all adjustments (including valveplay) made. Ready to drive. Please ask any questions in German (my origin), English or Spanish, my French is unfortunately bad 🙂

The car is sold privately and I offer you of course an independent opinion for this car, if you like 🙂 As told, the paperwork is clean and the car has a fully documentation since born. The car is sold now, because she was stored for some years in a dry garage without driving her due to family reasons, and finally this gave the idea of selling her now into good hands. It would be great to have her back on the street with someone who loves her.

Please contact Matthias Heyer: heyermatthias@gmail.com

At $61,000, this is pretty much spot on for what these vehicles are trading hands for today in decent condition. Only 1,100 of these coupes were ever produced, which gives you exclusivity that rivals some of the pricier Italian classics.

-Paul

1972 Fiat 124 Spider

For those on a budget, the Fiat 124 Spider makes a great introductory vehicle into the world of classic Italian car ownership. With a production run spanning several decades, examples of all vintages are readily available here in the US, ranging from the most pristine concours examples to those needed a good amount of work for the more intrepid of enthusiasts. This 124 Spider for sale in Florida does a good job of splitting the middle, being a driver quality car in good condition in an eye catching shade of blue.

Year: 1972
Model: 124 Spider
Engine: 1.5 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 79,000 miles
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

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For sale is my private car that I use very offen, it is titled and registered in Miami, Florida. Mechanically very good, engine very strong, drives very, super good. It feels as when it was new, this is one of the best Fiats I have ever owned, it rides so tight it is unbelievable. You may be able to purchase a similar Fiat to restore for $4,000 or $5,000 but must expend couples thousand more I doubt it if will run like this one.

It can be drive anywhere, anytime, unfortunately I need to sell most of my collection because I need the space and the money. Please ask me anything you need to know, come and see it if possible. You will not be disappointed by this car, very hard to find condition and this color belongs to this car. Also hard to see, you can call me any time or day at 305-401-7469. My name is Vladimir. There is not any issue with this car, no rust, very clean, take a look at the pictures, there is a small scrach at the top rear passanger fender. Pictures talk by themselves, all gauges work, horn, shifting is good. Beleive me this is not for a museum or councours but as I said it rides very tight, smooth. Good luck.

I’ve never seen one with them mounted, but the Lancia Beta style alloy wheels work rather well on this Spider, complimented by the slimmer chrome bumpers that the earlier models carried. For the condition of the vehicle, the asking price isn’t too far off the mark in terms of what these cars are fetching nowadays. As long as major rust issues aren’t lurking underneath, this looks to be an honest little roadster that you wouldn’t be afraid to use on a regular basis.

-Paul

1972 Maserati Indy – REVISIT

Our reader Matthias touched base with us and informed us the Maserati Indy we featured this time last year is back up for sale. These Indys are an uncommon sight when it comes to vintage Maseratis. This particular example has an interesting provenance and wears an eye popping color befitting a 1970s motor. The seller is asking $59,000, a figure that is negotiable, but not unrealistic for a car of this caliber.

1972 Maserati Indy - REVISIT

Maserati Indy 1972 EUROPEAN CAR, only 18.000 originally miles, with rare 4.7 Engine, 4 webers (including original airfilter) and 5-speed ZF manual gearbox, electric windows, power steering, air conditiong etc. Fully equipped. Full documentation, clean US-Title AND Mexican Title. Car was sold new in Italy in 1972 and imported into USA/New York to a lawyer in 1977. Sold and imported to another Lawyer to Mexico-City in 1981, sold to Monterrey (Mexico) in 1986, changing owners there two times over the years and finally sold to Saltillo, Mexico to actual owner in 2006 and actual located in Laredo, Texas, USA (close to port of Houston,interesting for Export).

She is in excellent conditions because she was stripped 10 years ago down to scratch, to be repainted from base. The restauration was completed with new weatherstrips and rubbers and hoses etc. while trying to keep her as originally as possible. She is not welded! No Rust. She has never seen salty coast areas, always has lived in dry climate. Of course she never had an accident. Mechanically she is also very good due to the low kilometers and care. Interior is in excellent condition and mostly original, see pics.

She just got a "Big Inspection" with all fluids changed and all adjustments (including valveplay) made. Ready to drive. Please ask any questions in German (my origin), English or Spanish, my French is unfortunately bad 🙂

The car is sold privately and I offer you of course an independent opinion for this car, if you like 🙂 As told, the paperwork is clean and the car has a fully documentation since born. The car is sold now, because she was stored for some years in a dry garage without driving her due to family reasons, and finally this gave the idea of selling her now into good hands. It would be great to have her back on the street with someone who loves her.

Please contact: Matthias, heyermatthias@gmail.com

The below post originally appeared on our site May 29, 2012:

This past weekend marks the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. One of the most storied events in motor racing, this race has seen dynasties amongst drivers and manufacturers come and go. Few, however, might be aware that Maserati won this race two times on the trot, in 1939 and 1940. The winning car was the 8CTF, with a three liter, 8 cylinder supercharged engine. Driven by Wilbur Shaw, the car was nicknamed the "Boyle Special" in honor of the US sponsor of the team. Maserati almost won again in 1941, but a rear wheel broke loose with 62 laps to go and put the car out of the race.

About 30 years on, Maserati paid homage to these race wins by naming its new sports car after the event. The Indy was a four place, V8 engined coupe positioned under the Ghibli and designed to take over for the Mexico and Quattroporte. This example for sale in Texas is an older restoration with the 4.7 liter engine.

1972 Maserati Indy

Here for sale is a 1972 Maserati Indy, 18,358 original miles with the big "rare" engine for this model/year: 4.7L, V8. Comes with a complete History. I'm helping a friend to sell his car, so I will try to describe the best possible. Options: 4.7L; with 4 webbers; A/A; 5 Speed Manual Transmision; original and fresh weather stripping; leather interior in perfect condition.

History: 1972 to 1977 in Italy; imported to USA in 1977 owned by one person until 1981. Sold and imported to Central Mexico for the owner until 1986; sold and owned from 1986 to 1990; sold and owned from 1990 to 1992; sold and owned from 1992 to 1996; sold and owned from 1997 to 2006; and owned from my friend from 2007 to present. The Maserati in in Texas now for sale. Having all documents and names of all owners. Restoration was done in the late 1990's keeping its originaty.

The seller claims that this car has the "big" engine, but in fact, Maserati offered the even larger 4.9 liter V8 in the Indy starting in 1971. It was detuned to 320 horsepower, 15 less horsepower than what was offered in the Ghibli at the time. This older restoration is showing signs of age. An Indy in perfect condition may command anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 depending on the robustness of the market, so I would suspect this example may net around $40,000 to $45,000. This car could benefit from some attention towards trim items and a little freshening up of the engine bay. Then you would have a driver in good condition that would be worthy of the odd show and display event.

-Paul

1972 Maserati Ghibli

The Ghibli has long lived in the shadows of other, more well known Italian exotica, but for those in the know, these GTs offer a little bit of understated luxury to go along with the raw power of the quad cam V8 engine. Released in 1970, the Ghibli SS offered a slightly more powerful, 4.9 liter 350 bhp V8. This Ghibli SS is on offer in Ohio and was repainted from its original yellow color to the red it wears currently.

1972 Maserati Ghibli SS

1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS - rare 5spd Manual, USA car. Maserati Red over Black leather interior, Borrani wire wheels. Good documentation and service history is included with the car. Records show that the car was sold in 1978 by Miller Motorcars and the car was Yellow at the time. The 2nd owner had the car changed to the current red color. Otherwise the car is to our knowledge completely original - it is a matching numbers, actual mileage car. All service is up-to-date - it is fully sorted and needs nothing to go enjoy. This car includes a stack of maintenance records, the original owner's manual and wiring diagram, two sets of keys, the Maserati Classic kit including the original sales brochures, and original tool rool with a partially complete tool kit, jack, and spare tire on a Borrani wire wheel.

It's not surprising that the Ghibli SS is valued a little higher than the lesser engined Ghibli, typically $90,000 to $120,000 is about what you can expect to pay for a good example. This one seems to be a little bit overpriced, given it doesn't wear its original color and the leather seating looks a bit tired. I'd suspect somewhere closer to $100,000 might be a more realistic value.

-Paul

1972 Fiat 124 Sedan

If you count all the variations of the Fiat 124 that were ever produced, including all the licensed vehicles such as Ladas, Seats, Murats and the like, the production total comes to over 20 million vehicles. So how come we don't see any of these on US roads today? Well, rust proofing wasn't what it once was, and since these were sold here early in the production run under the Fiat badge, it's not hard to guess why they are scarce. This 124 Sedan for sale in Southern California is a pretty honest example of a car that went on to become a ubiquitous mode of transportation in emerging markets.

1972 Fiat 124 Sedan

Have you ever been so smitted by a car that you fell in love? That is the type of feeling you can get from a clean vintage car. This little gem has been lovingly cared for by a gentleman known in collector circuits as a lover of fine Italian cars. Generations of people in many countries grew up with this car or similar cars with different names like the Russian Lada or Zhuguli. In fact, many folks first learned how to drive in or had a very successful date with a young lady in one. The Italians know what I am talking about.

The reaction drawn from vintage Fiats is something that has to be experienced. People of all walks of life seem drawn to them from children and old folks as well as young ladies. Great beach cruiser. These cars are very rare these days, in fact almost impossible to find in an automatic. This example has been cared for by the same collector for over 10 years. The previous owner before was a certified and well known car mechanic. He has more than a dozen cars and drives this one in Beverly Hills, California almost daily.

The current owner is only selling because he is making some room for some more cars. This one has had all of the maintenance done including new head gasket and full brake job. Decent tires and a very clean original dash board. The seats could use some redoing but he decided to leave them as they were because they are not terrible, just a little ripped in places. She has chrome European bumpers and everything is in working order with current registration and a clean title. The VIN number is 124A1129029. For more information or to make an offer please contact Jeff at 949-910-1206.

We feature a lot of flashy sports cars and sumptuous luxury sedans here at CICFS, but it's refreshing to see an honest, vintage family sedan such as this with all its flaws readily visible. The automatic transmission might hold this car back a bit for the more sporting enthusiast, but for something different to get around town in, you couldn't go wrong with this car. Back in June 2011, one of these with a manual gearbox went unsold, not meeting its reserve at $3,800. Have these 124 Sedans appreciated much in that time? Probably not. I'd suspect somewhere around $3,000 to $3,500 would take it. Any more, and you are getting into territory where more interesting Italian iron can be had.

-Paul

1972 Lancia Fulvia

The Lancia Fulvia, for me, is one of the prettiest Italian cars ever produced. Not only were these coupes attractive, but they proved their worth on the World Rally stage, kicking off what would be a string of competition successes for Lancia. This Fulvia 1.3 for sale in California looks a bit pedestrian in beige, but this is one Italian sports coupe that should be given its due respect.

1972 Lancia Fulvia

We bought this car from a dealer in Texas in February of 2012. Apparently the owner of the dealership was jogging by and saw the Fulvia in a garage with an open garage door. He spoke to the owners as wound-up buying the car. The elderly owners told him that they had imported the car from Italy about 10 years before. Texas title.

We bought the car and it arrived from Texas about 5 miles from our house. We started to drive it home but it ran poorly and the brakes were sticking. We got within 2 miles of the house and the brakes locked-up entirely.We trailered the car the rest of the way and when we opened the trunk, it had all of the parts necessary for a complete brake rebuild including rotors. We can only assume that the owners knew of the brake problem and bought the parts but never got around to having the work done. I understand that if the cars sit a long time the brakes locking up is a common problem. Once the brakes were rebuilt they worked great and do now.

By then we assumed that it had been sitting so that was probably the root of the poor running. We drained the gas from the tank and bought a fuel filter and carb kit from LA Lancia (great guy!) and after rebuilding the carb the car runs great. Starts easily with choke every time, good oil pressure no overheating. As per my luck, it wouldn't start when I picked it up from the detailer Saturday so it also has a brand new battery. Tires look good and all lights seem to work fine.

The body is excellent. Gold is generally not our favorite color on a car but somehow it looks good on the Fulvia.The paint appears to be older (I suspect in Italy) but there is not evidence of any problem under the paint except a slight bubble under the paint on the right rear wheel arch. Further, I have gone over the entire bottom of the car including above and below the side trim molding and the edge under the rockers with a magnet and can find no evidence of bondo. (We recorded a video showing me doing this but cannot seem to add it to the listing. If we can figure out a way to add it, we will do so). We are told that these cars can be rust buckets so one that doesn't have any is remarkable. There is no obvious rust behind the front wheels under the car which is good news also. There is evidence of a repair on the drivers floor but it is not big and it is not getting bigger. In fact, we didn't even notice it until we got it up on a rack recently. There are two light scratches on the right rear of the roof and the front of the hood has several marks on it. Despite this, it really looks great and you would be proud to drive it.

The interior is very good but likely not original as it has cloth on the seating surfaces. The up side is that it is likely more usable in a warm climate (Texas?) than the original vinyl. It is in good shape except there is slight staining on the rear cushion that we have never tried to remove. The dash it great with no cracks in the fake wood, plastic dash. The steering wheel is cracked which we also understand is common for these cars. I suspect that the flat door panels are also not stock but we have not seen another Fulvia since we have owned this car to compare it to.

The car is a blast. We can't take it anywhere where it is not the center of attention drawing a larger crowd than cars costing 10 times as much. We have taken it to our local "Cars and Coffee" (EuroSunday) a couple of times where it was a hit. We also took it on a 2-day tour last year and it never missed a beat. It rides surprisingly well, handles well and is larger inside than you would think. For a 1300 cc engine, it is also peppy, once you realize that the power comes on at high rpm's.

We are selling the car because we don't use it (we have 22 other cars) but not without hesitation. You are welcome to inspect or have the car inspected. The car is near Sacramento, California. Good ones of these cars can sell over $20,000 and one sold recently on ebay for $17,350 albeit red with black vinyl.

The seller is pretty spot on with his valuation of these coupes. Around $15,000 to $20,000 is what good examples can bring these days, with exceptional Fulvias reaching into the $20,000 territory. While I love the Alfa Romeo GTV coupes from this period, the Fulvias are just that much more interesting to me. These are cars that kicked off Lancia's domination of the World Rally Championship and for me, it is surprising that they aren't fetching higher prices these days given their storied history. With that said, I think it is an opportune time to pick up one of these coupes, as they are bound to appreciate over the next few years.

-Paul