1966 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 HFOffered Without Reserve
- First-year example of the Fulvia Coupé HF homologation special
- The foundation of Lancia’s rally success; one of 435 examples built
- Restored to factory-appropriate Amaranto Montebello over black interior
- Retains lightweight hood, trunk lid, doors, and rear windows
- Tastefully upgraded with select later HF features, including wheel arches and Cromodora alloy wheels
With the Fulvia Coupe, introduced in 1965, Lancia recognized that it had the makings of a successful rally car for their re-established competition department. They quickly realized, however, that the standard, all-steel Coupe carried too little power and too much weight. So, in 1966 Lancia introduced the “Coupe HF” (retroactively called the “1.2 HF”).
A special head, hotter cams, and larger carburetors for the 1,216-cubic-centimenter V-4 led to a useful increase in power from 80 to 88 brake horsepower. Lancia removed the bumpers, replaced the standard car’s steel doors, hood, and trunk lid with alloy pieces, replaced the side and rear glass with acrylic, and deleted undercoating, sound deadening, and extraneous trim. Weight was reduced from nearly 2,100 pounds to just under 1,820 pounds.
500 examples were required to homologate the new HF for Group 3 competition, but this quantity could include sufficient spares to make up for cars not completed. In the end, only 435 examples were built, making the 1.2 HF the rarest of the HF Fulvias. The new car saw immediate success in competition, finishing 1st and 3rd in its inaugural event, the 1966 Rally dei Fiori. But it would be superseded when the 1,298cc version of the car was introduced the following year as the 1.3 HF.
Sold new in Rome, Italy, this example was reportedly exported to Los Angeles, California in the mid-1970s. Purchased out of the United States and exported to Chile by the consignor in 2009, it was restored under his care; it now wears a factory-appropriate coat of Amaranto Montebello paint over a black interior. It retains its aluminum hood, trunk lid, doors, and is fitted with lightweight rear windows. In the cabin, the Nardi wood steering wheel nicely compliments the refined wood dashboard. An electronic ignition system was installed for greater reliability; the fuel gauge and heater, however, are said to be non-operational.
This car has been upgraded with features from later 1.3 HF and 1.6 HF variants. Most notably, the valve cover bears the hallmark yellow/blue/yellow “HF stripe,” and wheel arch extensions and Cromodora wheels are borrowed from the 1.6 HF. These enhancements add a sporting feel to the already rewarding driving experience of this rare Fulvia Coupe.