Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1600 HF 'Fanalone' Coupé 1970
Chassis no. 818540-001623
* Genuine Rally 1600 HF
* Ex-works engine
* Competed in the 1975 Rally San Remo
* Comprehensively restored between 2016 and 2017
In 1965, Lancia introduced a 2+2 coupé version of the Fulvia saloon. Built on a shorter wheelbase, though mechanically similar, the beautiful newcomer had all the visual presence its progenitor lacked and came with a 1,216cc engine producing 80bhp. In tuned, lightweight 'HF' guise the Fulvia also provided Lancia with a means to contest the World Rally Championship. Lancia had used a variety of models during the 1950s, achieving a modicum of success, but with the Fulvia's arrival Cesare Fiorio's Squadra Corse works team had a car capable of consistently challenging for outright victory.
The works team campaigned the Fulvia in 1.2- and 1.3-litre forms, securing a handful of wins at World Championship level, before the advent of the 1.6-litre, five-speed 1600 HF for 1969 gave them the means to mount a more serious challenge. Ultimate expression of the Fulvia Coupé, the 1600 HF Fanalone came with a 1,584cc engine producing 115bhp in road trim with up to 165bhp available in rally tune. The works team used the 1600 HF consistently between 1969 and 1974, securing seven European Championship wins in 1970, six in 1971 and seven the following year to take the World Rally Championship for Makes in 1972. Alpine-Renault's A110 took the title for the French manufacturer in 1973 but the HF1600 was not done yet, helping Lancia to a second Makes championship in 1974 together with the Stratos and Beta Coupé, while Harry Källström (1969) and Sandro Munari (1972) became European Rally Champions driving the HF1600. (Before the advent of the World Drivers' Championship in 1978, the European was the FIA's only official rally championship for drivers). The role call of Fulvia drivers includes some of the great names in rallying history: Ove Andersson, Vic Elford, Pauli Toivonen, Réné Trautman, Leo Cella, Rauno Aaltonen and Simo Lampinen in addition to Munari and Källström.
A landmark model of immense significance, the Fulvia 1600 HF effectively established Lancia's considerable reputation on the World Rallying stage and paved the way for the legendary Stratos, Rally 037, and Delta Integrale models. When production ceased in 1973, a total of 3,690 stradale (road going) 1600 HFs had been produced, with a further 1,258 being built to 'Rallye' specification. Today, genuine Fanalones are both rare and valuable.
This stunning and rare Fulvia Rally 1600 HF is equipped with an even rarer engine stamped '818540 VAR 1016', which is an official works unit believed to have been taken from the factory-entered Fulvia 1600 HF that won the 1970 Austrian Rally (the engine number corresponds with the chassis number of that car).
The Fulvia offered here is the privately entered Group 4 car that took part in the 1975 Rally San Remo driven by Delfino/DeNegri (Delfino was the car's registered owner at the time). Competitor number '46', the Delfino/DeNegri Fulvia was classified in 33rd place at the finish (see photograph on file).
It is evident from the original libretto that Delfino owned this car from 1974 until April 1975 when it was sold to its next owner, who kept the car until 2016 when it was sold to the current vendor. An sticker on the car attests that it was 'verificato' (scrutineered) for the 1976 edition of the Rally Valli Imperiesi.
When acquired, the Fulvia was in complete condition but in need of a comprehensive restoration, which the vendor commissioned and finished earlier this year. The restoration included stripping the body of the old paint, making repairs where necessary, and then applying seal and primer, after which it was professionally repainted and polished. The mechanical rebuild included a complete overhaul and check of the engine with new valves, valve springs, valve guides, bearings, camshaft, oil pump, and gaskets. The cylinder liners and pistons were thoroughly checked and found to be in excellent condition. New-old-stock carburettors fitted, the radiator renewed, etc.
The short-ratio gearbox was rebuilt with new internals, the differential overhauled, and a new racing clutch installed. The Koni shock absorbers were overhauled also, a new aluminium petrol tank fabricated, the braking system overhauled with a new master cylinder, and all pipes renewed.
A complete list of the works is available detailing the painstaking restoration of this beautiful 1600 HF, which has the added advantage of an ex-works engine and in-period competition history.
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