19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 80

1972 Lancia Zagato Fulvia Sport 1600
Rare UK-supplied, right-hand drive example

Sold for £24,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: HHM 25K
Chassis No:

  • Original rare UK-supplied Zagato Fulvia Sport 1600
  • Previously the subject of body and mechanical restoration
  • Originally in the ownership of broadcaster David Jacobs
  • One of just 74 RHD examples

The most expensive and rarest of the Fulvia range arrived in 1967 when coachbuilder Zagato continued their long and successful association with the Lancia marque with the launch of the Zagato Fulvia Sport. The striking fastback body featured an early use of the hatchback type third door, rectangular headlamps and even a side-hinged bonnet on the shorter wheelbase used for the standard Coupe. Being even more expensive than the already costly Coupe the Zagato proved a rare sight on UK roads despite being officially produced in right-hand drive form. Launched with the Coupe's 1298cc version of the V4 engine, Lancia introduced a 1.6 model in 1971 featuring the homologation special engine from the 1.6 HF to create an exceptional driver's car.

Very rare in right-hand drive form (only c.74 are thought to have been produced) all came to the UK in Lusso specification featuring such luxuries as electric windows and leather seats. Production of the Zagato-bodied models finished in 1972. The Zagato Sport is the most desirable and collectible of all the Fulvias and undeniably one of the most striking designs of its era. The 1600 engined Sport was distinguished by a Matte Black radiator grille with bright edges, Black rubber over-riders on the bumpers, a Matte Black band on the engine bonnet, and new flush door handles. Inside, the 1600 had an oil temperature gauge, bucket seats with headrests and electric front windows as standard. Cromodora alloy wheels like those found on the 1600 HF were optional.

One of just 74 examples built, this originally UK-supplied Fulvia Zagato from the final production run ticks all the right boxes for the collector. Originally registered to Jacobs Kroll Ltd (the business name of DJ David Jacobs), it remained in his care until 1973/74. It then passed to a Kim Harris, via Horseferry Motors of Westminster, under whose ownership a bonnet stripe was removed and a standard steering wheel fitted in place of a small leather rimmed wheel. At some point in the late ‘70s / early ‘80s it passed to a Graham Forge who used it to commute between Kent and London before he laid the car up around 1984. The previous owner to our vendor acquired the car in the mid-2000s and, intending long-term ownership, he treated it to an extensive restoration which included attention to the bodywork, a repaint in the original shade of white, comprehensive mechanical overhaul, retrimming in Black leather and final detailing to show standards. In 2018, it was purchased by the current owner at auction. With just four former keepers, this delightful Fulvia is accompanied by a V5, assorted invoices (Omicron, JD Heath etc), sundry history, spare keys, instruction book, warranty & service vouchers and a selection of expired MOT certificates. Now described as having “very good” bodywork and paint and “excellent” engine and trim, it further benefits from a rear brake overhaul costing over £2,500 carried out in July 2023.


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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