The Fulvia was launched in 1963 as a competitor to the then-new Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Fiat 1300, but it was a much more radical car. For starters, it was front-wheel drive, and utilized a longitudinally-mounted narrow-angle V4. You read that right, a V4.
In its best days, Lancia was an innovator, building cars unlike anything else on the market. The Fulvia was no exception, and it was particularly well suited for racing. Lancia made its motorsports comeback with the Fulvia, winning the Italian Rally Championship every year from 1965 to 1973, and winning the WRC’s predecessor, the International Championship For Manufacturers, in 1972.
Matt Farah got a turn behind the wheel of a rare 1969 Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF somewhere far, far away from the stages of the Monte Carlo Rally—Florida. The car isn’t in its element here, but greatness still manages to shine through.