Introduced at the Geneva Motorshow in 1963, the Fulvia was designed to replace the Appia. Developed from the bigger Flavia, the Fulvia used the same suspension, engine and differential layout and braking system on a shorter wheelbase, although still with the same track as the Flavia. An all new 13º V4 engine was developed, displacing 1091cc and producing 59bhp. The engine, which used a cast iron cylinder block, was tilted at 45º to aid packaging. The drivetrain was mounted on a subframe to which was also attached the front suspension and steering.
Late the following year the first improvement arrived in the shape of twin carburettors and 71bhp in the Fulvia 2C.
Geneva in March 1965 saw a much more significant addition - the coupé. Designed in-house at Lancia on a wheelbase some 150mm shorter than the berlina, with a drag coefficient of 0.39, it used a 1216cc engine with 80bhp. January the following year saw the coupé HF arrive now with 88bhp and a lighter shell thanks to aluminium doors, bonnet and bootlid.
1967 saw further improvements and additions to the range. The berlina GT arrived with the 1216cc engine and the coupé got a new engine, with a different vee angle, displacing 1298cc and generating 87bhp. The latter model was known as the Rallye 1.3, whilst the same engine went into the 1.3HF where it produced 101bhp, replacing the 1.2HF. Later that year the 1216cc engine was replaced throughout the range by a 1231cc variant of the new 1298cc engine.
Developments continued in 1968 when the berlina GTE with the 1298cc engine was introduced and produced alongside the already existing 2C and GT. The Rallye 1.3S got 93bhp, later reduced to 90bhp, whilst the most potent Fulvia ever built, the coupé Rallye 1.6HF was released with a 1584cc 11º V4 engine producing 115bhp. An option was also available with 132bhp.
Going back to 1965, Zagato introduced their version, the Sport. This used a coupé floorpan and mechanicals with an all new all aluminium body, the 1216cc engine with 80bhp and a mix of coupé (dashboard) and new (seats) interior. The mechanicals changed in line with the coupé, 1967 saw the 1298cc (87bhp) engine arrive in the Sport 1.3, the 93bhp engine then arrived in the Sport 1.3S (and was later derated to 90bhp as in the coupé) and then the 1584cc (115bhp) engine arrived in the Sport 1600. After only a few hundred Sport 1.3's had been built the bodyshell switched to steel, only the doors and bonnet remaining in aluminium, and these later (in 1971) switched to steel as well. Production finished in 1972 after about 7,100 cars had been built.
The second series Fulvia was released in 1969 and replaced all the berlina models. It was mechanically the same as the GTE model, but with a wheelbase 20mm longer, modified external styling and a much improved interior. It was followd in 1970 by the series II coupé which gained a five speed gearbox and a few detail design changes. The 1300 and 1600 engines continued.
1973 saw the arrival of the coupé 3, which was only available with the 1298cc engine and which continued until production ceased in 1976.
Driveline longitudinal V4 engine at front with front wheel drive Engines 818.000 : 1091cc (72x67mm) 12.9° V4 with 59bhp @ 5,800rpm
also : 818.100 with 71bhp @ 6,000rpm
818.130 : 1216cc (76x67mm) 12.9° V4 with 80bhp @ 6,000rpm
also : 818.140 with 88bhp @ 6,000rpm
818.202 : 1231cc (75x69.7mm) 12.8° V4 with 80bhp @ 6,000rpm
818.282 : 1199cc (74x69.7mm) 12.8° V4 with 79bhp @ 6,000rpm
818.302 : 1298cc (77x69.7mm) 12.8° V4 with 87bhp @ 6,000rpm
also : 818.303 with 90bhp @ 6,000rpm and 818.340 with 101bhp @ 6,400rpm
818.540 : 1584cc (82x75mm) 11.3° V4 with 115bhp @ 6,200rpm (132bhp @ 6,600rpm available)
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Suspension front : double wishbone with transverse leaf spring and telescopic dampers plus anti-roll bar
rear : dead axle with leaf springs and telescopic dampers
wheelbase : 2480mm (berlina srs I); 2500mm (berlina srs II); 2330mm (coupé & Sport)
front track : 1300mm (berlina srs I); 1390mm (coupé Rallye 1.6HF)
rear track : 1280mm (berlina srs I);1335mm (coupé Rallye 1.6HF)
Brakes discs on all four wheels (two piston or four piston units at the front)
split hydraulic circuit (except early cars)
servo assistance on some models
handbrake operating on the rear (early cars with separate callipers on disc, later cars with integral drum)
Gearbox 4 speed manual
5 speed manual
Steering Worm and sector Kerb weight 1030kg (early berlina); 1060kg (late berlina)
915kg (early Sport); 960kg (late Sport)
model max speed 0-100kp/h standing km braking from 100km/h Fulvia (1963) 141 km/h 27.8 sec 43.59 sec 60.0 m Fulvia 2C (1965) 148 km/h 16.9 sec 38.0 sec 51.5 m Fulvia Coupé (1966) 160 km/h 14.0 sec 35.65 sec 58 m
Model No. Details Engine No. Variants 818.000 original 1963-64 818.000 818.001 rhd 818.100 2C, 1964-69 818.100 818.101 rhd 818.200 GT, column change, 1967-69 818.130 (818.202 from late 1967) 818.201 rhd 818.210 GT, floor change, 1967-69 818.130 (818.202 from late 1967) 818.211 rhd 818.282 GT Greece, column change, 1967-69 818.282 818.292 GT Greece, floor change, 1967-69 818.282 818.310 GTE, 1968-69 818.302 818.311 rhd 818.610 2nd series, 4 speed, 1969-71 818.302 818.611 rhd 818.612 2nd series, 5 speed, 1970-72 818.302 818.613 rhd 818.692 Greece 2nd series, 4 speed, 1969-70 818.282 818.694 Greece 2nd series, 5 speed, 1970-72 818.282
Model No. Details Engine No. Variants 818.130 1.2, 1965-69 818.130 (818.202 from 1967) 818.131 rhd 818.140 1.2 HF, 1966-67 818.140 818.141 rhd 818.330 Rallye 1.3, 1967-69 818.302 818.331 rhd 818.360 Rallye 1.3S, 1968-70 818.303 818.361 rhd 818.340 Rallye 1.3 HF, 1968-69 818.340 818.341 rhd 818.540 Rallye 1.6 HF, 1969-70 818.540 818.541 rhd 818.630 1.3S 2nd series, 1970-76 818.303 818.631 rhd 818.740 1.6 HF Lusso, 1970-73 818.540 818.741 rhd
Model No. Details Engine No. Variants 818.132 1.2, 1965-67 818.130 818.133 rhd 818.332 1.3, 1967-69 818.302 818.333 rhd 818.362 1.3S, 1968-70 818.303 818.363 rhd 818.650 1.3S 2nd series, 1970-72 818.303 818.651 rhd 818.750 1.6, 1971-72 818.540 818.751 rhd
A Lancia Fulvia website
The Trento Lancia Fulvia Club website
A Lancia Fulvia Sport racecar website
One mans Lancia Fulvia resoration story.
The Fulvia Team Berlin website
The German Fulvia register website
A German Fulvia restoration website
Another Lancia Fulvia website
A useful Fulvia technical question and answer website
A Fulvia Sport website
A Fulvia 3 Coupe website including scanned owners manuals (in Italian).
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There are still many examples of the Fulvia (the Coupé is more common) around and prices are very low (except for the HF models). It is a robust, technically competent and good handling classic car which can be bought for very little money and used every day.
A few things to look for when considering buying a Fulvia :
1. The front subframe. Check for corrosion, especially near the rear attachment points.
2. The fuel tank. Check for corrosion on the top surface, under the carpet in the boot.
3. Check for the lack of even small pieces of chromework. In some markets these can be difficult to find and expensive to replace.
4. Check the body for corrosion, especially around the jacking points and door pillars.
Other small things to check (which can be difficult or costly to repair) are the carburettor mounting flange (the rubber piece between the carburettors and inlet manifold), the headlight/indicator column switch, the amount of noise from the timing chain and the functionality of the handbrake (which has a small drum inside the rear discs).
Fulvia comment form
This car is absolutely wonderful to drive. The engineering and balance inherent in the true Lancia design are outstanding. Remarkably it is also a very straightforward design that is quite easy to work on. I adore my car. (MLK - Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1968 Fulvia Rallye 1.3 S1 Coupé)
Fulvia Series II (1973) was one of the most enjoyable cars I've owned (I kept it for 6 years and was persuaded to sell it to a friend).
It never let me down. It always behaved impeccably on the road, despite being chucked around corners far too fast most of the time, and cost very little in maintenance and running costs.
Main job (every two years) was to free off the drum handbrake mechanism (you need a big castle spanner and a four-foot lever!) It also needed timing chains replaced at the proper intervals, or they flap about. I never had to remove the cylinder head in 125,000 miles of rapid driving. (Tony W, UK)
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