Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S3 1978

Classic Car Spotlight: Lancia Fulvia

Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S3 1975

The Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S3 came into my life in 1978 when it was just 3 years old. I’d wanted one for myself after a family member bought the saloon version of the Lancia.

Owning a Lancia had never been on my radar before, but after driving the saloon version I was hooked and started looking for one to buy. I eventually found a 2 door coupe Lancia. It cost the same price as an E Type Jaguar at the time!

Lancia Fulvia History

The Lancia was first manufactured in Italy in 1963. It followed in tradition of other notable Italian sports and rally cars such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat. Lancia have always made higher end cars. The engineering in Lancia cars has always been ahead of its time. Just one reason I’ve held on to the Lancia Fulvia for over 30 years!

The Lancia Fulvia 1.6 was a very successful rally car in the late 60s and early 70s. Fulvias are noted for their role in motorsport history, including a 1972 win of the International Rally Championship.

30 Years Driving a Lancia

In spite of its sporting credentials, Richard’s Lancia Fulvia became the family workhorse in the 70s and 80s. It proved to be an extremely strong and very reliable car. Only needing routine maintenance for the next 18 years.

Realistically, the Lancia isn’t a practical family car. So in the 90s my lovely Lancia was sent to the garage in favour of a grown up people mover.

After actually writing the ad to sell the Lancia, I couldn’t find it in his heart to sell it after all. So it stayed in the garage for about the next 30 years. Always maintained and driveable, but not getting out as much as it used to.

Finally it came into the VFR Motors garage 2019 for a full service and to be brought up to MOT standard. Since then it’s had more regular outings.

Richard's Lancia Fulvia in the workshop undergoing mechanical repair

Lancia Fulvia Restoration

While the mechanics of the car are all running beautifully, my Lancia needs some cosmetic work to bring it back to its full glory. So the Lancia Fulvia is my personal 2021 restoration project. It’s been under wraps for a while, now it’s time to give it the TLC it deserves.

The bodywork for this model is in reasonable condition for its age. Some surface rust, but nothing that can’t be fixed. Thankfully, my Lancia is not a Beta, the subject of Lancia body rot issues.. The Fulvia was built the year before the dodgy steel!

The first job will be to give the Fulvia a complete respray. I’ll be removing all the glass and chrome work so it can be properly treated and to detect and fix any hard to see rust on the underbody.

Next, the interior will be completely restored. It’s looking a little shabby after 30 years of use and there are a few tears in the upholstery. It’s time to fix this up so it looks like new.

Finally, the Fulvia’s tyres are definitely in need of replacing. You will know from our tyre care blog exactly how we feel about tyre safety!

With these three jobs done, my fab Fulvia will be turning heads on the road once again. I can’t wait to bring it to the Classic Car shows once they’re open again.

Does Your Classic Car Need Restoration?

We love a classic car at VFR Motors and nothing lights up our motor engineers’ faces like a restoration. If you have a classic car that needs some work, please get in touch via the contact form or give us a call on either of these numbers: 0116 3190 118 or mobile 07850 881 911.

If you’d prefer to discuss your classic car restoration in person, please visit our Leicester garage. Note that we have Covid-19 safety procedures in place at the moment.

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