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« Reply #30 on: 18 November, 2019, 06:04:27 PM »

Here is our 'Red Baron' being driven by it's gentle previous owner, it's got FIA HTP which is very important so you can use it where ever as long as it complies with the regs applicable to the event you are entering.
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« Reply #31 on: 18 November, 2019, 07:14:21 PM »

Mikenoangelo, the problem with column shifts generally is they need enough free play to accommodate movement of the engine on its' mountings. The advantage is that with a bench front seat you can fit three across without the driver having to grope the adjoining passenger to change gear. Having said which I have driven a Fulvia with column change a pleasure to use and on a Flaminia, having a solidly mounted transaxle, there is no play to spoil it. Your point about lever travel is fair though, much more a touring set-up than racing. The demise of column changes possibly goes hand in hand with the demise of bench front seats.
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« Reply #32 on: 18 November, 2019, 09:46:37 PM »

Yes I remember driving Standard Vanguard and Vauxhall Velox of 1954 when they were new and later a 1954 Sunbeam Talbot 90 - all with column changes which were rather horrid but no doubt far less well made than the Lancias mentioned. The Velox needed a rebore at 30,000 miles and my Dad got rid of it after a respray for rust when the bench seat fell off its perch at three years of age. Don't see many of them these days Wink The Sunbeam Talbot at least had  a four speed gearbox but two of those seemed to be bottom gears so no huge benefit there.

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« Reply #33 on: 18 November, 2019, 11:50:43 PM »

Not a lot of gear changing necessary, even in the mountains

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« Reply #34 on: 19 November, 2019, 12:01:29 AM »

It revs! The arc of movement needed on the gear lever make it clear why the column shift died out.
Circuit - reminds me of Cadwell and Oulton Park over  here.

Maybe so,
But it's a lovely column gear change as every joint is individually adjustable, and there no pesky tunnel on the front floor to stop you getting in either side and shuffling across, for and against, you pays your money and takes your choice, or if you really like a floor change, then go for the series 1 with the four speed gearbox and the long lever, probably the best gear change of any Fulvia.
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