Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 S Zagato
All-round special and charisma Where are you, the beautiful automobiles of the 1960s and 1970s, when pure driving pleasure was still made up of breathtaking design language, vehicle character and crisp, direct technology; the time when the sports cars still weighed well under 1,000 kilograms and thus got the blood pumping with just under 100 hp. It was the time when the thrill was going fast in slow cars! The Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 S Zagato is a typical representative of this era. It enchants when you look at it and again when you drive it and switch through the five closely spaced gears. First gear, which was the norm for sports cars at the time, is on the bottom left. The cars were also completely different at that time, not only in terms of design. The Zagato is powered by the engine from the Lancia Fulvia, a V4 that is rotated 45 degrees to the left and could therefore be positioned lower in the engine compartment. For an optimized centre of gravity. freaky. A fastback profile, Zagato’s design is inspired by a Riva boot. All in all, the 1.3 S Zagato is simply attractive. Comparable to a woman who is not too pretty but conquers men’s hearts with charm and charisma.
As had already happened for the Appia, Flavia and Flaminia, Lancia gave Zagato the task of creating the sport version of the Fulvia, equipped with an aerodynamic aluminium body.
Designed by Ercole Spada, and built in the workshops of the Milanese coachbuilder in Terrazzano di Rho, the Lancia Fulvia Sport had an extremely modern and sleek design.
Unveiled in 1965, the Sport had the same mechanics as the stock Coupé – except for the axle ratio – but thanks to better aerodynamics it reached higher top speeds. Despite this, it was almost never used in rally competitions due to its chassis structure which was attached to its light body.
The aluminium bodywork was the main technical difference (a part of the design), which distinguished it from the original Lancia model on which it was based.
The Lancia Fulvia Sport in fact adopted (from 1965 to 1967) a bodywork entirely in Peraluman. From 1968 to 1970 a steel body was adopted, with only the bonnet, doors and spare wheel compartment made in Peraluman. The tailgate has always been in steel on all versions. The evolution of mechanics and engines follows that of the original Coupé, except for the 1231 cm³ engine.
At the 1968 Turin motor show, the Lancia Fulvia Sport was also presented in as a Spider variant which, however, had no commercial follow-up and remained a one-off, due to the changed industrial plans of Lancia in conjunction with the transfer of ownership of the brand to Fiat, which it certainly could not stand these expensive coach built collaborations. A special feature of the Fulvia Sport Zagato was the tailgate that opened electrically with a button positioned on the dashboard. An electric motor placed under the tailgate in the centre of the boot opening raised the tailgate a few centimetres enough to circulate air in the passenger compartment—a luxury for the time.
In 1970 the mechanics of the second series were adopted on the last 600 bodies of the first series.
At the end of 1970, the bodywork became entirely in steel, losing the moving parts in Peraluman, the body was slightly redesigned by Mittino, raising the roof for easier access and widening the mudguards to accommodate larger tires. The bonnet was also hinged on the front, as required by the safety rules of the time.
Due to its handcrafted assembly, the Lancia Fulvia Sport presented slight differences in the body shapes and measures from one side to the other, the asymmetry was also present on the bodies of the second series.
Fulvia Sport 1.3 S second series 818.650, 1298 cc (90 HP):
2600 units were produced between 1970 and 1972 (of which 600 with the first series bodywork called series 1 and ½)
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Fulvia Zagato Sport 1.3 S