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April 11th, 2017

My name is Louis Barroux. I am a management student living in France who loves cars. Classic cars to be a  bit more precise. While I was contemplating for a while on what classic car to buy, I came across some very interesting and lovely collection of cars on the internet. Amongst others, my eyes fixated on this one particular machine – a Lancia Fulvia 1300 S Coupe from 1976.

I love Lancia cars. The Fulvia, the Delta, the 037, and off course the iconic Ferrari-engined (technically Dino V6) Stratos. Their motorsport and rally pedigree is amazing to read, no matter how repetitive it gets. While the Delta, the 37 and the Stratos, all have their legendary place in motorsport history, for me there is no other Lancia that’s more important than the Fulvia. I’ll tell you why…

It was the Fulvia that brought Lancia back into racing after the Italian team withdrew from motorsport in 1955. They returned to racing, predominantly rally in 1965 after acquiring the private team HF Squadra Corse. The Lancia Fulvia was highly successful, winning the Italian Rally Championship every year between 1965 – 1973, only to miss out in the 1970 season. Lancia’s domination was so strong that in 1972 they won the International Championship of Manufacturers with two rounds still to go in the season.

I found this particular ’76 Fulvia with a seller in Italy. While I couldn’t make time to personally go to the country and have a look at the car myself, I took a risky decision to purchase the car without even looking at it! Thankfully, i’ve been lucky…

Here in the French countryside, the Fulvia 1300 S Coupe comes to life as it was her first day of a brand new rally championship season. My car is a 1976 model, which means it is from the final years of production of the Series II Fulvia. That’s really important as by this time, Lancia had ironed out most of the niggles and the 1.3-litre V4 had been tuned to the best of its performance and reliability. It’s makes about 90bhp of power, but it’s enough for a fun weekend drive with the 41-year-old girl.

I really put it on the same level as the Alpine A110, I believe that the levels of dynamism and characteristics of the two cars are on the same level. I love each and every outing that i’ve had in the Fulvia and only time will tell how she fares.

Do let me know in the comments below if you would like to see and read more updates about my 1976 Lancia Fulvia.

This article is poster on behalf of Louis Barroux (Young Gentleman Driver) by ColumnM staff.

Images by Louis Barroux.