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« Reply #15 on: 29 November, 2010, 04:31:05 PM »

Hi Colin, The HF badge on the Aprilia & Aurelia are mine, they have my initials on them!
I think the stars were to signify the number of cars owned along the lines of white star for one car, blue for five, red for ten and gold for fifty. (Although I can't remember the exact permutations).
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« Reply #16 on: 29 November, 2010, 04:37:27 PM »

Further on the HF my Fulvia 1600 HF sales brochure states:

"1600, the displacement of the narrow V engine giving 114 HP DIN.

HF, the monogram for <High Fidelity> Fidelity of performance, given through an engine/gearbox/propulsion unit impressive for their precision and efficiency, famous and feared in the battlegrounds of competition. Fidelity in the use, for mile after agressive mile. Fidelity in control with safe constant obedience to the driver both in competition and every day traffic.

Fulvia 1600HF. Inspect it well before it leaves: once on the move all you'ill see is its rapidly disappearing tail"

Those were heady days of auto marketing!!!

Gosh it makes me proud to own one....

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« Reply #17 on: 29 November, 2010, 05:02:07 PM »

The owner of the most Lancias under the scheme also qualified as Chairman.
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« Reply #18 on: 29 November, 2010, 05:49:34 PM »

Chairman of what? The HiFi wotsit, LMC? or Lancia itself???

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« Reply #19 on: 30 November, 2010, 04:20:04 PM »

Chairman of the HiFi Club or whatever Lancia called it.
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« Reply #20 on: 30 November, 2010, 09:06:05 PM »

Very interesting. I always wondered why the makers of audio equipment used the term HI-FI, were they the first or was Lancia ? I always have a job explaining to people what the elephants and the HI-FI logo on my HF coupe stand for, some are amused as to why you would have childish elephants on your car and then the explaining starts !  Huh?. I just hoped I have my facts right. David. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: 01 December, 2010, 02:20:15 AM »

From Luigi De Virgilio:

"I can give you for the moment a detailed explanation of the origin of the Hi Fi badge. I will ask about first hand informations about the Elephants. For sure Mr. Hannibal is not involved.
 
All informations came from Rivista Lancia:

Lancia Hi Fi association (High Fidelity, probably inspired by quality audio systems sold in those yars) was founded in the spring of 1960 for faithful Lancia customers.Only those that already bought at least 6 cars (later 10) were admitted. Each member was given a badge (shown on page 1) for the radiator grille with small stars representing the number of cars owned. Page 2 shows the regulations. I hope your Italian is quite good from now!

The first meeting was held in Ginevra on March 15th 1961 (page 3 and 4).
At the beginning of 1961 was established a section for gentleman drivers that won a competitions driving a Lancia.
In 1962 was instituted a section Hi Fi Assi (Aces) with Bracco as president.
In 1963 some drivers created the team HF Squadra Corse not related with the company, but reserved to Lancia owners.
Flavia Coupe cars with the traditional badge are shown in Bosato's workshop.

I think that Cesare Fiorio was the man behind this team.

The racing version of the Fulvia Coupe was the first named HF.
In 1969, since fake HF Squadra Corse stickers were everywhere (from Fiat 500s onwards), for a couple of years official cars had a yellow cyan version (like the stripes on the Fulvia that are inspired by Turin city colours)."

I'll try and post some of the scans he sent.

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« Reply #22 on: 01 December, 2010, 02:29:10 AM »

more scans:


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« Reply #23 on: 01 December, 2010, 09:32:26 AM »

Now that's what you call the definitive version Grin and should put the subject to bed.

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« Reply #24 on: 02 December, 2010, 02:34:33 AM »

Still wondering if Hannibal was involved.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: 02 December, 2010, 12:04:13 PM »

For those that dont know here is the Turin Coat of Arms re colours etc (shame about no elelphants...).

The stripe was also known as the final edition stripe applied to the "final edition" intergales.

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« Reply #26 on: 02 December, 2010, 05:14:46 PM »

That explains nearly everything, but did they really adopt the HI-FI monicker from the audio manufacturer's or is there somthing that happened in Italian history before the audio manufacturers  Huh?
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« Reply #27 on: 03 December, 2010, 07:31:22 AM »

A agree about the audio thing. Wasn't HiFi a late 60's thing in music players?
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« Reply #28 on: 03 December, 2010, 08:30:58 PM »

Yes I think there's more to this.  Huh?
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« Reply #29 on: 04 December, 2010, 12:11:38 AM »

Yes I think there's more to this.  Huh?

Beginning to sound a bit like a conspiracy theory Cheesy

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