Driving the Lancia Fulvia 1 6HF Works Rally Car

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Driving the Lancia Fulvia Works Rally Car

by pete on 28, 2012

Adelaide, Australia

aside, how many real are able to walk out to their lift the door and see their own ex-works Lancia rally car there?

This is a reality for Browne, a man who has immersed himself in his for rallying and the Lancia marque for of his life. Whilst his fascinating from competing all over the offer remarkable distraction, the journey that Jeremy has with his Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF, a car used by the factory to win the International Championship (the forerunner to the in 1972, that brings us today.

Jeremy Browne is one of the few who can a Works Rally car by lifting his door.

One can see these genuine cars from time to at historic events and in museums, but often part of large desired because of their and traded like commodities. makes Jeremy’s Fulvia is that its owner is a genuine who holds a lifelong passion for and who has actually used it enough the past two decades to build his own relationship with the car.

cars with works especially those as old as the Fulvia, are scarce today because the that make them are usually the reasons they no exist. Works cars, from teams as big as Lancia was in the were built as consumables to do one job – to win at all costs. According to Italian expert Ezio Altorio, were around 40 1.6HF used for the works team. The few that survived their time then usually the long slope down the amateur leagues as they became uncompetitive, unloved by for whom victory was the sole The popularity of vintage motorsports means they are now highly but most of them were long before their significance was appreciated.

Jeremy’s Fulvia is one of the lucky few

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main involvement in rallying in 1965 with the new Fulvia The new team’s results steadily to the point where they led of the 1967 Monte Carlo with the 1.2HF (HF for High until a puncture on the last handed the win to the famous number 37 Cooper, quickly becoming a result for the British brand. then hit back for the 1968 with a rally prototype by a 1.6 engine, which was put into in 1969/70 as a limited run of 800 vehicles.

Fulvia 1.6HF homologation were dubbed ‘Fanalone’ a reference to their larger headlights.

In addition to the bigger the homologation 1.6HF’s featured a 5 gearbox, disc brakes, windows and aluminum doors and These were homologation in the truest meaning of the word, and the list offered customers a of gear ratios, fuel sizes and even carburetors. were the benchmark rally car of the but at twice the price of even a Cortina they were out of the reach of most.

Chassis number 818540*002269 is a 1970 build series 1 1.6HF, however it wasn’t registered (G36418-TO) to the works until May 31, 1972. The series 2 was due to be launched in late 1970, before its launch the works realized that the new car was going to be and slower than the car it was replacing. In a that sounds absurd by standards, in 1969/70 the works stockpiled series 1 1.6HF for future use, creating a that lasted until and the introduction of the Stratos the following

Chassis number 2269

with #2269 at the 1972 San Rally.

Such was the expected life of a works car that was one of 6 built for the 1972 San Remo where it finished 2nd in the hands of Barbasio. The car’s history is clear from there on mud and snow quickly covered the low number plates on rallies photographic identification impossible, and the team records were destroyed in a factory fire. according to Sandro Munari, a factory driver of that #2269 did 3 World Championship before being moved the Italian National Championship for the season where it is reasonably that it was driven to victory in the Regions Rally by Ballestrieri.

It was sold to a privateer team in

Ballestrieri and Maiga on their way to in the 1973 Four Regions a round of the Italian national

Saving History

Its life for the decade remains a mystery, and knows none of its history it was sold to an American collector in who successfully campaigned it in vintage racing until he parked it in

It was actually back in 1970 Jeremy’s love of the Lancia began. Jeremy was co-driving in year’s Lombard RAC rally in an 1800. Lancia had entered full works team for the and on one particularly wet and rainy night, a with Harry Sputnik behind the wheel passed the Austin at full speed.

didn’t slow down or at all; he just gave a wave out the window as he muscled right off the road. It was then, the two petite taillights disappear the dark night, that fell in love with the

In 1995, Jeremy was in England spares for his first Fulvia he learnt of the ex-works car sitting in Nevada. After a year of chassis #2269 was finally but the joy of its arrival in Australia was short-lived it suffered a major engine on its first shakedown run. By stage, #2269 was showing its age so decided to give it a full placing a great deal of on originality.

As many of the original as possible were reused, but his future plans, Jeremy the car up to modern safety standards. A decision, because it was discovered the factory had actually built the cage from exhaust to save weight! A new one was built approved steel tube the original design as a pattern.

Rallies Again

The restoration was in 1999, and Jeremy used the extensively in many Australian rallies, including winning the handicap at Targa Tasmania in It was a long held dream of to compete at San Remo, so in 2002 shipped #2269 back to once more for the San Remo Storico. That event was the of a lifetime, roaring around the stages in the actual car that 2nd in 1972.

In the lead up to that event was a dispute as to the car’s eligibility on the discrepancy between its year of and year of first registration. resulted in a comprehensive investigation by the This concluded on the eve of the rally, Jeremy was invited to an opulent in the Royal Hotel in San Remo.

FIA Event Officials sat puffing and officially confirmed chassis works history and originality.

on Classic Rallies, here at the top of Gap, 2005 Rally of the Ireland.

Jeremy then Reinhard Klein’s Slowly historic rally group, at Rally Deutschland, Corsica, San and Rally Catalunya over the five years. These rallies were often a event to the modern WRC competition and used to warm up the rally-mad crowds. They didn’t a lot of warming up though, and Jeremy has in-car footage showing it was like to race along famous roads with of thousands of fans cheering and air horns from the sidelines.

2269 on the Rally Deutschland, Photo credit: Reinhard

#2269 was then shipped to Australia for the 20th anniversary of the Tasmania rally in 2011. will probably end up being the last competitive outing, as feels it is too historically important to risking it in further competition. But is no chance of it ending up in a dusty – for the foreseeable future the Fulvia be retired to an easy life of drives through the Adelaide

Driving the 1.6 HF 2269

And that’s what we did late last afternoon. It had been a hot day, and the rays of golden sunlight low paths through the trees as we up to Norton Summit, continuing on the tiny village of Basket We picked this road it’s full of tight and third gear hairpins, suited to the Fulvia’s close and similar in nature to the twisting roads this very car on some forty years

It was quite surreal to watch old of the Fulvia being flung the Col de Turini, then hop in the actual car and go for a down my favorite twisty in the hills at sunset. I really see how it can get any better than this!

just a few corners behind the it soon became apparent how well the Fulvia has been for this type of driving. The shift pattern places the regularly used second/third change in the center of the gate, and the synchromesh gearbox doesn’t a heel/toe blip, the accelerator is so perfectly placed alongside the pedal and the little V4 engine is so that it’s almost not to. It feels like there’s an charge running through the car; the steering comes in your hands as it constantly information through to the driver, no hint that the Fulvia is by its front wheels.

Whilst I dare not push a historic car to anywhere approaching its I can still feel how neutral it is and how it turns into tight hints of understeer nowhere to be

Approaching the 7,500rpm redline, the roar from the pair of 45 fight with the exhaust their battle echoing off the faces and filling the valley glorious music; a passing even stops to watch and us a thumbs up in appreciation.

As we descend a road from the ridge top down into suburban I take a moment to think who else’s hands have this wheel in anger in a and place I’ll never Whilst this Fulvia may no be tearing around the European stages trying to win world it will be tearing around the Hills at a slightly more pace, a grinning owner the wheel enjoying everything the little Fulvia has to offer.

the Real Thing. All photos by Coles.

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