Market Finds: A Fulvia Radiates Something Special

A Fulvia Radiates Something Special

By Petrolicious Productions
May 22, 2013

We recently delved into just what it is that we love about the Fulvia, but to sum it up in a few words, we’d have to call it “elegant intrigue”. The Fulvia represents one of Lancia’s finest moments in an era when they were still run as an engineering-first, profits-later organization—obviously an unsustainable way of doing business, but man did it make for some spectacular cars.

This ‘67 Coupe shows 20.7k kilometers on the clock, but real mileage is unknown. It’s been fitted with a recently rebuilt engine and upgraded five speed transmission, with the original four cogger included. Paint is said to be fresh, and the car’s bodywork and interior are claimed to be complete and tidy but not perfect, with a cracked dash, repaired headliner, incorrect seats, and a few other small things here and there that need to be corrected for an ideal presentation. We also noticed it’s missing OEM bumpers, but it looks pretty cool without them. We’d likely source a set as soon as we could, though, and worry about the aforementioned imperfections later—as is it should make a fine driver, provided its mechanical and electrical health checks out.

The biggest potential problems with these cars are rust, which the seller claims he cannot find any of, and mechanical/electrical problems caused by deferred maintenance–due to the complex nature of these finely engineered machines, any needed work must be done ASAP and done well to avoid a spiral of unreliability. The seller admits he is unfamiliar with Lancias beyond admiring them, but sounds honest in his assessment that it feels in good fettle–we’d have a marque expert check it out to be sure before plopping down any cash, however.

At the time of writing, reserve’s not met at $4,550 with a shade over three days left bidding, but market value for one of this condition is likely high four to low five figure territory, a fair price for a shade over a ton of style, grace, rarity, heritage, and performance. Similarly priced cars of the era include rattier Giulias or rather nice Fiat 124s in both coupe and spider form, all excellent, beautiful cars, but without the Lancia’s last degree of je ne sais quoi—there’s just something magical about a Fulvia.

Click here for the Fulvia details on eBay.

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Russ Wollman
Russ Wollman(@twincamfiat)
8 years ago

Styled by hands other than Italian, the Fulvia might have been a very ordinary machine, as so many other cars are. But it has that indefinable, deftly executed elegance that makes it look light, classical, and carries it well beyond its own time. How did they do it? The secret has been deeply embedded in Italian culture for thousands of years.

Simon Creasey
Simon Creasey(@siravingmon)
8 years ago

And here it was 🙂

Simon Creasey
Simon Creasey(@siravingmon)
8 years ago

Beautiful car. Saw one still in regular use in my area of Naples recently and it was still turning heads 🙂

Andrew Adamides
Andrew Adamides(@baskingshark)
8 years ago

I had one of these! They’re actually very reliable and fast, and were so good that Fiat couldn’t kill them and they continued alongside the Beta Coupe that was supposed to replace them until 1977. However, you need to know what you’re looking for when buying. Check over the middle of the front wheelarches and make sure there are no stress cracks in the paint there. If there are, it means the front of the car has issues and you should check around the front subframe mountings for rust. It is very, very important that there is no rust in these areas as the front subframe carries the whole engine/suspension setup and if there’s rust or bad quality repairs, the whole front of the car will be out and very difficult to rectify. Other than that, check the hood/trunklids are in good shape as replacements are hard to find. Also check the box-section sills.