Competizione restoration 1 - Vere Lancia Race and Rally Preparation
THE COMPETIZIONE STORY
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In the late sixties, early seventies, hill climbs and road races all over Europe were still very much the thing to be present at. No wonder Zagato turned several of it’s 1st series Lancia Fulvia Sport bodies into lightweight Competiziones. In many articles and books they were considered the only real cars. But because of the results achieved in those races, cars out of the 1st aluminium batch werealready then turned into more competitive beasts by privateers.
As we inspected many of these Zagato and privateer cars,
we learnt very few still are in their homologated form.
Well known drivers and tuners already then altered their
cars and engines to their own likes. Causing suspicion
about nearly every detail one can point at.
Luckily, nowadays hill climbs are back on the agenda
in many countries. Triest-Opicina, Olan-Villers and
Goodwood or Shelsey Walsh are just some of the
places to be present. Instead of the luring danger in
open-roads Historic Rallying, a growing number of
participants enjoy the camaderie and time capsule feel in the mountain events. Not the least because of the always present spectators.
For the benefit of some of you that would like to join these races, Vere Lancia is now building some Lancia Fulvia Sport Competitiones in the traditional way. Not only using all tricks we saw being implemented before, but also bringing in all our knowledge about engine tuning and road holding qualities.
"LET'S RACE THEM IN ITALY"
To be able to do so we started with a good bunch of cars that will all be undressed to their utmost nakedness. Every part - be it body or technical - is carefully checked, all body panels are re-united with the frame to be sprayed in period colorschemes. All cars can be ordered with engine specifications to the likes of the driver. But we prefer 1600 cc.
There is a thin line separating the Coupé drivers from the Sportsmen. Ever since some marketing department in Torino decided all focus should be on the rally efforts with the factory produced cars, Zagato came up with a lovely little racer that was only supported under the Jolly Club banner. How different the apreciation could have been was proven by the few outings in the States - on Daytona and Sebring - where Maglioli and Fiorio showed what potentional the Sport had. But still privateers were only given pocketmoney after a succesfull Targa or a win in a local hill-climb event.
Cars like these were homologated with 1200 cc or 1300 cc engines but most of them ran units that had 1400 cc in period.
Now we can offer you an engine that looks exactly like a 1300 unit but with a capacity of 1604 cc. You can imagine this will help you win.
Every Fulvia Sport we rebuild looks a little bit different from the others we did before. That is because there were numerous different treatments of the front section of the car - possibly as many as there were privateers. Also, when we produce the aluminium wheelarch extenders we make them per car and mount them in such a way the whole opening is widened wide enough to house whatever tyre size the driver needs.