Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1971 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato

Just how cool is this car?

Zagato always had a knack for designing beautiful cars that teetered on the edge of outrageous. Lancia had a knack for designing well engineered cars bordered on being over-engineered. The Fulvia Sport Zagato is a perfect example of this.

Pictures don't do this car justice, but you rarely see these cars in the flesh. I've seen exactly one in my life. It was at Lime Rock 5 or 6 years ago. It stopped me in my tracks. Beautiful is probably not the right word to describe this car. "Intense" might be a better word.

The little details from both Zagato and Lancia are what define this car. The hood is hinged on the right side. The script on the front is in a unique font and is tough to read at first. The headlight bezels, the grill, the rear bumperettes all make this car look unique. The 1.3 liter engine is a V4 that puts out over 90HP. The rear hatch had a little feature that allowed it to be opened slightly to improve ventilation. This was done electrically and could be done while driving. The dash face is a solid piece of wood with the tach and speedometer low on the left and right and the minor gauges in the center, higher up. This is just an amazingly detailed car.

The car being offered on eBay is in really nice condition. It has a few minor flaws; a cracked dash top, a small dent on the right front fender and some minor rust. The seller has posted 60+ pictures on ImageShack. You can find them here. It's really worth taking a look.

This past weekend I mentioned in a post about a Facel that I always wanted to have a car on display somewhere in my house. This would be the type of car I'd display. The only problem with that is this is also the type of car I'd want to drive. I wouldn't want to seal it in a room.

Located in NY, click here to see the eBay listing.


Hoov23 said...

I looked into buying one of these about 2 years ago, but in my book the regular fulvia is such a prettier car. This is a car for the car geek in all of us, though... The design could be described as odd, but it's totally unique and a great sports car.

otto said...

Just beautiful.

I've wanted the earlier Fulvia for a few years now but these are coming on strong. How do these compare sizewize to the earlier Fulvia?