1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Beautifully restored
  • Great car to drive
  • Lovely colour
  • Rare and desirable RHD 'low light'

THE APPEAL


There’s only one place in the world where you’ll find a right-hand-drive Lancia Fulvia 1.3S with the prettier ‘low light’ frontal styling seen on LHD models, and that’s South Africa. 

UK models came with the higher front lights as also seen on US-spec models, which gave the front an unbalanced appearance, but South African cars were supplied as CKD kits by Lancia and assembled on the Italian company’s behalf by Daihatsu Motors ZA, whose name appears on the car’s assembly plate. Daihatsu had contract manufacturing agreements for a number of car makers in South Africa, including all Lancia models sold there. With no need for mass production, they could share the European styling. 

Fulvia Coupés were advanced cars for their day - four-wheel disc brakes and sleek styling, agonisingly pretty and wonderfully agile, with a curious 1.3-litre V4 engine. 

This one has just landed from South Africa having been restored there. It’s a late 1972 model according to the VIN plate and is ready to be registered, used and enjoyed.

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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Imported from South Africa in November 2022
  • NOVA documents completed and all import duties paid
  • ZA registration document
  • Restored in South Africa with complete respray, engine and suspension overhaul by Alfa Specialist
  • Tax and MOT exempt
  • The vendor (a former South African resident) is happy to help with first registration – a very simple process if car stays in UK

THE INTERIOR


  • Retrimmed in pale grey leather
  • Two-tone matching door cards
  • New black carpets
  • Wooden dashboard finish
  • Slight cloudiness to front of dials
  • Bakelite-finish steering wheel with minor wear
  • Crack-free dash top
  • Never had a radio fitted
  • Lovely Fulvia script badging on dash
  • Fresh, bright and smartly finished cabin

THE EXTERIOR 


  • Silver metallic – repainted in South Africa and smarty finished
  • No dents, damage or chips to paintwork
  • Solid underneath – restored and undersealed ready for British climate
  • Vendor reports that chassis was good before restoration
  • Original sports steel wheels with brand-new tyres
  • All original chrome, trim and badges present and correct
  • Some crazing to rear light lenses
  • Amazing-looking car in superb overall condition

THE MECHANICS 


  • Quirky 1.3-litre V4
  • Starts on the button
  • Five-speed manual transmission with dog-leg first gear
  • Will receive a service ahead of sale
  • Holds a steady temperature and good oil pressure
  • Completely overhauled suspension and steering with new dampers and brakes
  • Test drive showed it to drive really well with no evident running problems

SUMMARY


This is a fantastic, restored example of a very rare car – made even rare by virtue of it being an RHD ‘low light’ model assembled in South Africa - and one that’s a guaranteed safe investment for the future. It’s a charming car, huge fun to drive, amazing to look at and one that promises to be hugely rewarding to own. The registration process is straightforward and simple, after which you’ll have one of the best Fulvias in the UK. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Lancia
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 9,785 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1298
  • Town Aylsham
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 8 bidders
  • ja•••• £20,750 25/11/22
  • La•••• £20,500 25/11/22
  • ar•••• £20,000 23/11/22
  • re•••• £14,000 23/11/22
  • Ro•••• £13,500 23/11/22
  • re•••• £12,500 23/11/22
  • ja•••• £12,000 19/11/22
  • st•••• £8,100 19/11/22
  • ne•••• £8,000 19/11/22
  • Bu•••• £7,000 18/11/22

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