1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato

The 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe and Zagato was the the last Lancia wholly designed by the old-line Italian automaker before it was acquired by Fiat, which then took increasing responsibility for engineering and styling of subsequent Lancias.

New from end to end, the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe and Zagato had front-wheel drive and a narrow-angle overhead cam V-4 engine inclined at 45 degrees in the nose. Besides a dull-looking four-door sedan (not considered here), the Fulvia was offered as a deliciously cute 2+2 notchback coupe and as a longer two-seat Sports coupe styled by Zagato in its typical fashion. The latter featured extensive use of aluminum body panels, as did the special high-performance HF coupe.

Engine displacement was increased from 1.2 to 1.3 liters in 1967, the last year these cars were legally imported into the U.S. An extensively revised 1.6-liter version of the V-4 was optional for 1969 and later HFs and the last 1971 Zagatos. All models featured four-wheel disc brakes and splendid front-drive handling. The HF earned its stripes in European rallying, and hung around after the Fiat-based Beta series arrived to replace other Fulvia models in the early '70s.

Pluses of the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato:

  • Neat styling
  • Handling
  • Performance (110 mph for 1.6)
  • Brakes

Minuses of the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato:

  • Meager parts supplies
  • Bodies rust-prone
  • Most slower than they look
  • Crowded cabin

Production of the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato:

  • 1.2-Litre cpe: 20,436
  • 1.2-Litre HF cpe: 490
  • 1.3-Litre Zagato: 202
  • 1.3-Litre cpe: 113,599
  • 1.3-Litre HF cpe: 2,239
  • 1.3-Litre Zagato: 6,100
  • 1.6-Litre HF cpe: 3,690
  • 1.6-Litre Zagato: 800

Specifications of the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato:
Wheelbase, inches: 91.7
Length, inches: 156.0/161.0 (cpe/Zagato)
Weight, pounds: 1,975-2,110/1,820/2,060 (cpe/HF/Zagato)
Price, new: $3,520/$4,520 (1.3 cpe/1.3 Zagato) in the U.S. in 1967

Engines for the 1965-1976 Lancia Fulvia Coupe & Zagato:

Type Size Horsepower Years
dohc V-4 1,216 cc (74 cid)
80 1965-1967
dohc V-41,298 cc (79 cid)
90 1967-1976
dohc V-41,584 cc (97 cid)
115 1969-1976

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