The introduction of the Fulvia saloon in 1963 maintained Lancia’s reputation for innovation in automobile design. The boxily-styled Appia replacement featured an all-new, narrow-angle, V4, overhead-camshaft engine as well as front wheel drive, independent front suspension by double wishbones, and disc brakes all round. A 2+2 coupé on a shorter wheelbase was launched in 1965. Though mechanically similar, the beautiful newcomer had all the visual presence its progenitor lacked and came with a 1,216cc engine producing 80bhp. Tuned, lightweight ‘HF’ versions provided increased performance and formed the basis of the factory’s highly successful rallying programme that saw the Fulvia HF1600 secure Lancia’s first Manufacturers’ World Championship in 1972. Ultimate expression of the Fulvia Coupé, the HF1600 had been introduced in 1969 and came with a 1,584cc engine producing 115bhp in road tune – an output sufficient for a top speed of 115mph – revised suspension and a five-speed gearbox. Production ceased in 1973 after a [...]
Belying its small size and apparent fragility, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful works rally car of the 1960s, one of its most famous victories being Paddy Hopkirk’s headline-grabbing win in the 1964 ‘Monte’.
The Mini Cooper family’s ultimate expression – the 1,275cc ‘S’ – won first time out in 1964 and became the works’ frontline car from 1965 onwards, winning eight international rallies outright that same year, a quite outstanding achievement.
The works Minis were built at BMC’s Competitions Department at Abingdon, and this Cooper S has been re-registered with the period-correct Abingdon registration ‘79 FMO’. The car was one of four ‘Paddy Hopkirk Recreation’ built circa 1991 by Alec Poole, one-time British Touring Car Champion and BMC works driver, who finished 2nd in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon with Paddy Hopkirk.
The cars were built with Paddy’s full co-operation and he retains one to this day. An original Cooper S converted from [...]
This stunning EvoII with tan alcantara interior started its life in Japan and was imported into the uk in 2012 ,it has been maintained by our sister company auto-integrale Reading since it’s arrival. Other than a quick shift and a stainless steel exhaust the car is completely standard. Being a Japanese car the underside is as clean as the top as is the engine bay, fully inspected and serviced in our workshops in Reading.