A Piece of Racing History
Get ready, classic car enthusiasts! A true gem of automotive history, the 1968 Lancia Fulvia Sport Competizione Zagato, is hitting the auction scene. Once graced by the skilled hands of the Sicilian racing ace Angelo Rizzo and the gentleman driver Emanuele Parrinello, this car is a living testament to Lancia’s glorious racing past.
Its auction is set to rev up from 10 January to 17 January on Car & Classic, and it’s expected to fetch a hefty sum between £120,000 to £145,000. This isn’t just any old classic. In the late 1960s, Cesare Fiorio, the head honcho at Lancia Racing, dreamt up special versions of the Fulvia from Zagato.
The result? The Fulvia Sport 1.3 Competizione – a lightweight, powerful machine that turned heads and won races. It’s got the looks, the power, and an Italian flair that can’t be matched.
The devil is in the details, and this car has plenty. It boasts a 1,300cc 4V engine, with an aluminium alloy bodywork riveted to a steel shell. This makes it not just a looker but a lightweight powerhouse. The front-wheel drive setup was a dream on the tracks, especially in hill climbs and endurance races.
But it wasn’t just about speed. The craftsmanship on this car is top-notch. From the carefully crafted holes in the bodywork to the lightweight plexiglass windows, it’s clear that no expense was spared in its creation. And of course, it’s got that Italian style – sleek, elegant, and unmistakably Zagato.
The Fulvia Sport Competizione didn’t just look good on paper; it dominated the tracks. It was a familiar sight at the Targa Florio, clinching class wins in 1968, 1969, and 1971. Out of the 25 produced, 19 are believed to still be around, and the one on auction, chassis number #1905, is a star in its own right.
It’s not just a piece of history; it’s a well-maintained masterpiece. The car is in excellent condition and maintains its peak performance. Its racing history is rich, having been a class winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1969.
Under the Hood and Inside the Cabin
Let’s talk specifics. This car isn’t just about the outer shell. The inside is just as impressive. The original light blue imitation leather trim and seats scream vintage luxury. The car is fitted with four adjustable shock absorbers, new Pirelli tyres, and original Campagnolo rims. It even comes with a short competition gearbox used for hillclimb racing.
And let’s not forget the bells and whistles. Two 35 Dell’Orto carburettors, an oil radiator, a battery switch, and a Brantz rpm detector are just a few of the features that make this car a standout.
A Living Legacy
This car isn’t just a machine; it’s a piece of history. It’s been featured in numerous magazines and has participated in prestigious races like the Coppa dei Fiori and the Historical Grand Prix of Rome. The current owner, a direct descendant of Lancia’s founder, has kept this beauty in top-notch condition, stored in an air-conditioned garage.
This auction is more than just a chance to own a classic car; it’s an opportunity to own a piece of racing history. So, mark your calendars for 10 January, and let the bidding war begin!