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Model Technical and Interest => Fulvia => Topic started by: stanley sweet on 28 January, 2014, 10:54:34 AM



Title: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: stanley sweet on 28 January, 2014, 10:54:34 AM
Got the latest Motorsport yesterday. They are repeating the original Jenks road tests and this time it's the Fulvia - 1216cc 80bhp version. Needless to say he loved it, with the only minor criticisms being slow wipers and a noisy interior fan. Mine has a noisy fan and slow wipers so it was interseting to know they were always like this, even when new.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: davidwheeler on 28 January, 2014, 05:56:42 PM
I remember Harry saying that Fulvia wipers had two speeds, slow and F"(&^""^( slow.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: Jan on 29 January, 2014, 10:16:30 PM
Are you sure it was Jenks? In april 1966 Motor Sport published a road test of the 1216 cc Fulvia Coupe under the title "The best small car currently available?". That article was signed WB i.e. William Boddy. Jenkinson's contributions were signed DSJ.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: stanley sweet on 30 January, 2014, 10:41:04 AM
You're absolutely right! In fact some are by Jenks - for instance he reviewed the Dino 246 last month. I hadn't noticed they are written by both, but as this one involved a trip to Wales I should have guessed it was Bill Boddy. Yes - he concludes by saying that he has no wish to criticise the Triumph 1300 which he hadn't driven far, but anyone who says it stands alone as the best small car is either taking price into consideration or hasn't tried the Fulvia. The all-in UK price at that time was 1664.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: neil-yaj396 on 31 January, 2014, 07:12:41 AM
Time has certainly told; I wonder if there is a single Triumph 1300 left on the road? I can't even remember the last time I saw a non-Sprint Dolomite.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: stanley sweet on 31 January, 2014, 11:31:34 AM
That was my thought exactly. There must be a few standard Triumphs tucked away, but I can't imagine a couple of hundred turning up at Goodwood on its 50th anniversary. Not counting all the Fulvias that didn't get there. In the end it must prove the Fulvia was appreciated more for everything, looks, engineering, handling etc. Then again, he was comparing a 4 door saloon to a coupe, which are two different markets anyway.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: davidwheeler on 31 January, 2014, 12:26:15 PM
I once had a Triumph 1300, it was very nice in a British sort of way, all leather and tree wood but not a patch n the Fulvia.   It ended up in the scrapyard of course.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: lancialulu on 31 January, 2014, 01:41:13 PM
Saw a Triumph 1300/1500 Dolly running around in Colchester a couple of days ago. couldn't believe my eyes!! Yellowy colour....


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: stanley sweet on 31 January, 2014, 03:47:22 PM
I think the majority of the Dolomites were that yellowy colour. A mate of mine had one back then in that colour. Looking back, they could have been the original hot hatchback................without the hatch.


Title: Re: Jenks Fulvia report
Post by: chris on 01 February, 2014, 08:53:44 AM
I remember Harry saying that Fulvia wipers had two speeds, slow and F"(&^""^( slow.

Jenks and Harry shared the same hospital in Farnham in their Autumn days