Lancia Fulvia Review from South Africa

1972 Lancia Fulvia S2 1.3

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 kilometres
Most recent distance197500 kilometres
Previous carMini Pickup


Despite it having "too much character", I absolutely love it


Overheating, which I have not yet managed to solve.

Carburettor balance issues, but with two twin choke carbs, it is rather ambitious to try and remedy them without a flow gauge.

The seat belt mounting points are badly worn (but that gives me an excuse to upgrade to a three point belt).

Rubbers are perished (but then again, for a 40 year old car that has suffered much, it's nothing to cry about).

General Comments:

Superbly comfortable car, with very balanced handling... Especially for a front drive car. It is also VERY prone to lift off oversteer...

It has a brilliant sound for a four cylinder engine. It may have very little torque, but certainly makes up for it with a very sharp throttle response and high revs.

It was in appalling condition when I purchased it, and required about the same as the asking price to get it roadworthied.

Previous owner had coated the car in a massive amount of body filler, but once removed, I was lucky in that the overall condition was not too dreadful.

The ground clearance is brilliant for a car with sporty ambitions. This is something vital in South Africa (where the roads are in rather poor condition).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2013

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review