1972 Lancia Fulvia S2 Coupe 1.3


A very enthusiastic piece of engineering art


When I purchased the car, it was very poorly painted with hand painted racing stripes in PVA (house paint). I thus decided to strip the car and prep for a respray... that's when everything started to go wrong. I found massive amounts of body filler, and the front right fender had been appallingly brazed on... There were also rust holes into which one could hide a size 10 work boot. Be that as it may, I repaired the body and had it running sweetly... until it ran bearings, which I am currently busy rebuilding the motor to remedy.

General Comments:

They are things of beauty, and the best front drive I have had the privilege of piloting. The little V4 makes a superb burble at idle and roars with the ferocity of a larger power plant when putting the hammer down. I believe that had I acquired a looked after version, it would still be my daily driver, as opposed to a project. But seeing as how magnificent it was before I embarked on the rebuild of the motor, I cannot wait to have it grunting down some country back roads again.

Also bearing in mind the ground clearance and high profile tyres, it is especially fun on a nice dirt track.

As with all older cars, some are lemons, but with a Lancia Fulvia it is most certainly worth the risk. Just bear with in mind they do occasionally require some 'surprise maintenance'.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2015

1972 Lancia Fulvia S2 1.3


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