Cosmetically Challenged: 1967 Lancia Fulvia

This 1967 Lancia Fulvia appears to have been loved at one point in time, with a reasonably complete interior and serviceable body with the exception of the hood. The seller is offering a whole host of spares with the car, seemingly OEM parts that will make the restoration slightly less painful. The Fulvia is listed here on craigslist for $6,500 in Livingston Manor, New York. Be sure to go here if the ad is archived and thanks to Barn Finds reader B. Walters for the find.

Among the included spares are “…four new steel front and rear quarter panels,” but the seller claims those areas are restorable if you wish to keep original panels on the car. Also included is an unused, still-in-the-box ribbed rubber floor mat for the interior along with an original trunk mat. The seller also mentions how one the premier Lancia shops in the area rebuilt the engine many years ago, so it seems someone was hell bent on bringing this car back to new condition before life got in the way.

The interior looks quite nice as-is, particularly if the Lancia has been standing for a while. The wood-rimmed steering wheel and tall shift lever are Lancia hallmarks, and the wood veneer in the dash looks shockingly good. The seller points out that the Fulvia was a home run on competitive circuits, posting particularly good results on rally stages despite being front-wheel drive. It utilized a novel narrow-angle V4 engine mounted in front of the transaxle, offering a compelling driving experience when new.

That driving experience will still be highly engaging today, offering the next owner both a classic with some potential of positive ROI and one that will put a smile on your face every time it sees daylight. This one is a few months (years?) away from heating up the pavement, and while the rust may scare some off, the bones of this Fulvia generally seem good enough to take a chance on. Do you agree or is there too much bodywork needed to bring this one back to life?

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  1. Martin Horrocks

    This can certainly be restored, but as you could land a good one* from Europe for $20000 you might not want to go that route. If the quarter panels are OEM full wings, selling them might pay for the car…..

    The series 1 Fulvia coupé is very desirable. I find the holes in the hood of this one a bit strange as I thought that was an all aluminum panel on a Series 1 car.

    “posting particularly good results on rally stages despite being front-wheel drive”. Strange statement as Saab, Mini, Citroen DS, Panhard and various others showed that fwd was very effective in 1960s rallying. Fulvias handle beautifully, not obvious front drivers at all

    * It´s very hard to find a rust-free Fulvia, so buying a “good one from Europe” also involves some risk.

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  2. Skid

    I have to say what we’re thinking…the name “Fulvia” sounds like a body part.

    “Hey Jim, that’s a great looking Fulvia you got there!”

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    • Healeymonster

      Thats funny Skid.
      I always thought the name “Fulvia” sounded a bit naughty LOL

    • Scott Tait

      Fulvia is not far off female body parts .vulva ..labia ..enough said lol

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      • John

        You guys are lame.

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  3. WayneC Member

    I think that a missing title would make it a little less restorable.

  4. mikeH

    The ad has been taken down, so something has happened. I was living in Europe when these came out–and I fell in love with the styling. Someone mentioned rust. I didn’t think that Lancia, not a part of FIAT at the time, used Russian steel in their cars. I could be quite wrong though.

    • Martin Horrocks

      The Russian steel scandal was later. Early 70s when Lancia was part of Fiat.

      But as this example shows, it doesn´t mean that the steel they used prior to the Russian stuff was any good either. All cars,( look at a Datsun) rusted quickly and badly. German (not Audi) and Swedish cars tended to be better protected so survived longer/better. But 7 years was a fair life expectancy for a 60s/70s car in Northern Europe´s harsh climates.

  5. ccrvtt

    Fulvia, according to wiki, was an aristocratic woman of the late Roman Republic. She lived 43 years, from 83BC to 40BC. She was married to 3 politicians, the last of whom was Marc Antony, whom we all know later married Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Lopez.

    At any rate, she had a Roman Road named after her, the Via Fulvia and Lancia thought the name sounded cool so they stole it. The Italian government didn’t seem to mind so they never sued. Lancia also produced a car called the Flavia. In a case of international turnabout-is-fair-play, a rap artist stole that name from Lancia, with slight modifications, and made large chains and alarm clocks fashionable.

    None of this has anything to do with this car except that a little culture never hurt anyone. In its day the Fulvia was well-respected as a piece of precision engineering and was fairly successful in competition, winning the 1972 International Rally Championship. Though the international part of that may be in question since all the rallyes were held in Europe and Kentucky’s Rabbit Hash Time/Speed/Distance Challenge was egregiously overlooked.

    But I digress. Nice find.

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  6. Peter

    ” An angel with a broken wing.”

  7. bog

    I was stationed in Germany when this car was new, and they were stunning. As were many Euro cars then. There were lots of twisty non-Autobahn roads and most of them, like this, Fiat Dinos, OSIs, Alfa GTAs and 1500/1600 BMWs were “common” enough to fill my heart with joy on a weekly basis. My brand new Fairlane GTA was immense next to them. But, boy was I envious. Sad that Uncle Sam only allowed us one licensed car !

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