Rare 1600 Zagato Fulvia - 1 owner since 1974
I bought the car in either 1974 or 76. It had done 11,000 miles and has now done 110,000.
The mechanicals are all original. I rebuilt the engine at 94000. The crank was still standard, as were the bores.
I fitted new shells and rings and put it back together. I renewed the timing chain for the first time ever.
It was still pretty good. Regular oil changes are essential.
At present it has Del Orto carbs fitted, but the original, overhauled Solexes come with it. The engine revs very freely to 6000rpm and is at its best in the mountains. It has an optical electronic ignition system which seems bomb proof. It runs well on unleaded, having had appropriate exhaust valves from new.
I recently fitted a switched electric fuel pump, running alongside the mechanical one. It starts first time after long rests when the electric pump is used to prime the float chambers, choke is full on then closed as soon as the engine has picked up.
The body, which had the usual Zagato tin worm, was rebuilt by Terry Burville, ex Morgan panel beater. I replace the off side door, had new sills fitted, new front valance, new rear valance and new off side front wing. The front legs carrying the subframe were strengthened, but the frame itself was just blast cleaned, repainted and refitted. A new mild steel exhaust system was fitted ( I hate the noise of stainless steel) and is still sound.
Front and rear wheel bearing were renewed, new subframe and cross bearer rubbers installed and brake system overhauled.
I fitted new disks all round and new pads last year.
It was repainted from bare metal 20 years ago in its original Lancia Blue acrylic, re trimmed in black Connolly hide and a grey West of England headlining and trim fitted.
I put it on Cromodoras, which look good, drive well but make the steering heavy at low speeds. The original wheels ( and old XASs) come with it. ( The car actually drive at its best on these narrow rims but they make the car look under tyred)
Kate and I have done numerous long distance trips in the car. It is comfortable and not too noisy. On the motorway it will do 40mpg but only around 20 when blasted. It is at its best in the mountains. I have given a (civilised ) Stratos a run for its money in the Alps behind Provence.
HAN65K has been the centre of our motoring lives for such a long time.