Lancia Fulvia Coupe Unique Cars and Parts

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Lancia Fulvia Coupe

Fulvia Coupe

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The Fulvia saloon had similar lines to the Flavia, but in true tradition its engine was a narrow-angle canted over at 45 degrees to the and having an overhead camshaft for set of valves. The engine was mounted of the front wheels, which driven through the same gearbox as was used on the 1,800 Flavia.

The coupe version of the was 6in. shorter than the and was built on a 5in. shorter It weighed 1 cwt less, but at 18·6cwt it was no stripling; the cylinder bore of the engine was 4mm larger, giving a of 1,216 c.c, instead of c,c. Power output was 80 net at 6,000 r.p.m, (9 bhp more the saloon) and peak torque high in the rev range at 4,000

Despite this high output and sporting engine the coupe was as docile as you could for; yet when the driver to hurry it sang up to peak with remarkable smoothness and a turn of speed for such a machine.

Two twin-choke Solex were fitted, and the best when starting from was to use full rich mixture and the accelerator alone. Owners told us the engine will start on the first attempt it is in top tune), however to the un-initiated the hiss from the strangled can cause unwaranted concern.

The would warm quickly so almost immediately the choke could be pushed fully and it was not normally needed again the day’s use of the car. According to the oil pressure gauge would 70 p.s.i. (top calibration) at all running speeds. Suddenly the throttles from really low speeds would cause a and splutter, but at all other times was smooth and free from

Owners have also us that, to about 4,000 there is not a great deal of but by 4,5OO r.p.m. the engine begin to give of its best and then on, to the red warning marked 6,000 and 6,200 r.p.m. the exhaust and camshaft noise rise in a smooth hum.

acceleration tests performed by motoring journals of the time, the was that the Fulvia Coupe go slightly beyond its limit to r.p.m. A typically soft clutch restricted full-throttle starts, most motoring claiming times could been easily improved more positive bite. sprint getaways the clutch was to slip up to 20 m.p.h. and full-throttle changes also caused delay.

Thankfully on the road behaviour was barely noticed, and the take-up was a characteristic to be preferred on a car. Despite the difficulties of a vee-4 engine, the power of the Fulvia was completely free vibration periods and drivers encouraged to use all the rev range regularly for performance. Although there was a wide gap between 2nd and 3rd gears, the rigid gear lever out of the bulkhead directly behind the made changing very Movements up and down between the were long, but the gate was with spring loading top and third. Some road reported that they had difficulty in selecting first at but a second dab on the clutch would settle any difficulty.

Even though the gearbox and drive were near the and all gears were indirect, was no noticeable transmission noise.

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Fuel consumption figures at steady speeds were with a surprising 58 m.p.g. at 30 Even at 70 m.p.h. 36·1 was measured, giving an estimated overall consumption of nearly 33 The whole of the Lancia range had developed around radial-ply and the Fulvia was shod with X. All aspects of the road behaviour a very high standard, and it is difficult to fault the Fulvia in respect.

Most testers could not any front wheel drive at all, and there was no change in between power-on and power-off in the of a corner.

Perhaps the really feature of the Fulvia Coupe was its and positive steering. From to lock, 4·2 turns needed on a 35ft turning but there was no impression of low gearing and the car always followed the chosen perfectly and with fine, response. Somehow Lancia had eliminated the characteristic front drive under steer before others could such a claim) and the cornering of the was as near neutral as made no

At high cornering speeds was some roll, but the tyres stay firmly stuck to the regardless.

Like other the Fulvia had an excellent main ride, gliding smoothly and over minor bumps; and waves. Road testers all the car felt impressively solid. were completely smoothed out at 60 m.p.h. but long-pitch waves on a circuit caused the front to bottom at only 40 m.p.h.

The of the coupe lost something to the in this respect. Really the coupe was little more a 2+2, the back seat was with restricted headroom. tall people moved front seats back, the legroom practically disappeared, so for motoring it was a matter of compromising on the available.

At the price at which the Fulvia was we think many buyers of the probably expected leather and a carpeted floor, but instead the had pvc seats and moulded rubber — at least the tools neatly stowed inside the wheel. And there was no compromise in a wooden panel containing a circular speedometer and rev counter fuel level, oil pressure and gauges between them. A red lamp was built into the gauge to warn when the was getting low.


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