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Author Topic: I said that I would never buy another Fulvia ....  (Read 3816 times)
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« on: 09 October, 2017, 06:43:59 PM »

However, I was contacted by a fellow forumiste who knew that I was persuadable to the idea of another project and he suggested a 1600 HF Lusso ......

We had an HF (EKB 846 L) when I was growing up, but it was before I could drive - I loved it and was itching to have a go. Unfortunately it was sold before I passed my test so I have always wondered what it would have been like to drive, so after a 35 year wait .....

This car was built in 1972 and has the correct "chairs & flares" etc, still has its bumpers and is complete and MOT'd and has done 33,000 miles. It has also been badly resprayed many years ago in a metallic Ford blue

It belonged to an American couple, Paul and Lily English who had 2 HFs , one they rallied and this , the spare car ! Unfortunately Paul died 18 months ago and Lily sold the rally car, but because this car had been stored for 9 years in a container, it took more time to get around to doing something with it.
She asked a friend who had been involved with their rally prep to get the car back on the road and sold. As expected it needed fuel , electrics and brakes doing , but it got an MOT last month and had done 8 miles since

I bought it, but unfortunately it was necessary to trailer the car to Portsmouth docks (I live more than 600 miles away in the south of France), so the first time I got to drive it was yesterday morning.

Leaving Le Havre, I was both excited and scared,and had no idea what was in store - and I had to get a move on because my wife was expecting me back last night so we could press our wines today.......

To cut a long story short, we (the HF and me) made it back last night, after 600 plus miles she gave 35 mpg, used no water and a good pint of oil. The subframe mounts came loose and she popped and banged a bit , and the wheels (flatspotted tyres Huh?) were badly out of balance, but apart from that an unadventurous, albeit noisy drive home. As a plus, she probably has the best 5 speed ZF box I have ever driven

I stuck to a self-imposed 3500 rpm limit, just to let things settle in , but this equated to a cruising speed of about 70mph, so reasonable. With stops, it took about 12 hours

In the daylight she stills looks fab and my wife is already hooked, despite the colour

There is a lot to do to get her right, not least a bare metal respray, no time pressures though - I also have a couple of other projects to finish first !!

Many thanks to Brian Hilton who has been instrumental and hugely helpful in my getting the HF, and it was a delight to catch up with him and Fay on Saturday and have lunch at the Shuttleworth collection at Old Warden




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« Reply #1 on: 09 October, 2017, 06:59:07 PM »

Just lovely Simon, I think the word you were looking for was suggestible!!

Good that you got home safe and sound, I wonder when it last did a 600 mile trip in one day.

You'll soon have to move to a property with an even larger grange!

Good luck with this one.

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« Reply #2 on: 09 October, 2017, 07:44:34 PM »

Ford colour or no it is very pretty. Congratulations.
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« Reply #3 on: 09 October, 2017, 09:30:44 PM »

Your gonna have to knock out a lot of vino now  Shocked Wink  enjoy
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« Reply #4 on: 10 October, 2017, 09:08:22 AM »


Well done you !!!
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« Reply #5 on: 10 October, 2017, 10:18:26 AM »

Fantastic! Very brave to do a 600 mile trip in a car that has stood for so long. I would have been a bit worried about sticky smoking brakes more than anything else. Does look pretty in that blue but I know that if I had a 'blank canvas' on colour for a Fulvia it would take a lot of thought to reach a final decision.
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« Reply #6 on: 11 October, 2017, 02:47:51 PM »

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre!
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« Reply #7 on: 11 October, 2017, 10:47:56 PM »

Just to add to the story, i was contacted by Geoff Johnson who had been approached at the Knebworth Classic car show in August and asked could someone help, as he had a Fulvia Hf 1600 to sell for a friends widow.
Geoff asked could I help.
I contacted Julian and arranged to go and have a look and see if I could help, after talking it over I took a series of photos.
These I passed to a friend and asked did he know of anyone who might be interested?
Simon's name was mentioned and shortly afterwards Simon contacted me, and I put him in touch with Julian.
When Simon informed me he bought the Hf , I offered to make my self available for him when he came to collect it.
So it was a joint effort by a number of Lancisti who helped find this lovely car a new home , where it will be loved and cosseted, and join with other well loved Lancias.
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« Reply #8 on: 13 October, 2017, 03:20:49 PM »

Simon the unstoppable!!!!!!  As long as it leads to highly entertaining reading on this forum I cheer....
Wel done Simon, although personally I like the European headlight arrangement better, but love RHD drivers!
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« Reply #9 on: 17 October, 2017, 10:49:20 AM »

When my Euro spec Fulvia was in Graham Bates workshop in the mid 90's he kept looking at the front and in the end decided he wanted his UK 1600HF to have the same look. Out came the cutter, off came the 'eyebrows' and that's how he ended up with a RHD low light version.
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« Reply #10 on: 18 October, 2017, 01:49:51 PM »


Am I alone in liking the UK look?   I like the S1s as well mind...
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« Reply #11 on: 18 October, 2017, 06:59:58 PM »

I think that, rather like the Morris Minor, the higher headlights change the whole look and make it much less "of" it's original period. As such the look has remained seeming contemporary for longer.
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« Reply #12 on: 18 October, 2017, 07:16:48 PM »


Am I alone in liking the UK look?   I like the S1s as well mind...
No David, I had a series 1 Rallye Coupe  and I liked the front end treatment, but I also like the series 2/3 raised headlights.
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« Reply #13 on: 18 October, 2017, 09:30:20 PM »

There was quite a debate on Facebook on this topic a little while back, with the Italian community generally thinking that the UK regulations spoiled the design. Personally, I like both the mainland European look and the UK raised headlight look.  I guess I'm biased as the S2 that I'm currently renovating is my third Fulvia with the UK headlamps!


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« Reply #14 on: 19 October, 2017, 11:40:08 AM »

I've always preferred the UK look as I think it balances neatly with the upswept rear.
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