Fulvia Sport Zagato: Lancia's golden era
This was a long time ago, too long...
When you put two of the greatest names in automobile history together, you know you can expect something extraordinary.
For those who didn't know, and especially the younger generation, Lancia used to be awesome. In fact, one of the most insane companies ever. I actually consider the company dead, because their only model, the Ypsilon, is not what I'd call a true Lancia. The only thing left of this company are the memories of a once great past. Indeed, the Italian company was very successful in rally racing from the 70's up to the early 90's, and remain to this day the manufacturer with the most constructors' titles. But we haven't talked about the best bit just yet.
In order to have these race cars competing, Lancia had to develop a certain amount of these same cars for the road. Icons like the Fulvia, Stratos, 037, or Delta could be bought by ordinary people, and be used to go grossery shopping. Lancia was very good at this, and always tried to produce special cars that had a soul of their own. Some of their models did not even go racing, but it did not stop the manufacturer from making them exceptional.
And, here's when I ran into this funky Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato from the 60's. This car is the product of a holy alliance between two of the greatest names in the automobile industry. A Lancia with a little Z on the side, that must be pretty special.
And it is. Even though around 7'000 Fulvia Sport Zagatos were produced, and that it doesn't have a lot of racing history, the Fulvia Sport Zagato remains one of the most famous and desirable Lancias ever built. And it is hard not to see why, the Fulvia is an absolute stunner. Zagato gave it this distinctive more aerodynamic look with this fastback shape, and Lancia really wanted it to be the sportiest and quickest in the Fulvia range. The design is completed by the removal of the front and rear bumpers (for a sportier look) and the addition of rally and HF stickers that were put on by the owner. The car is also equipped with beautiful gold Cromodora wheels, and I must say that these look amazing with the red body. Engine wise, it went all the way from 1'216cc up to 1'600cc. Our Fulvia here is equipped with a very snappy 1'300cc that makes 87 horsepower for a total weight of around 950kg. It's no Delta Integrale speed, but it's still a lot of fun. The car can reach speeds well over 100 mph, and even if it does not sound like much, well it feels like a lot in a car as tiny as this one.
Lancia and Zagato have been associated with some of the greatest cars that ever rolled on our roads, and our small Fulvia Sport Zagato does not disappoint. It's a car with a true character, full of life, that will just put a smile on your face every time you drive it. Being not the rarest, the Fulvia's price is not excessive, around £25'000 for a decent car with a 1'300cc. The cool factor of this car is just immense, and the design makes it look like it may be ten times more expensive than it's actually is. Did we just say bargain?
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