Lancia Fulvia Update – Colour

I found the following photos online. This car is for sale in England at the moment. It’s a 1967 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Rallye.

I’m posting the pics because I’m pretty sure this is (close to) my Fulvia’s original colour.


It’s called Mendoza Blue. The pics above look a little green compared to the colour I see on my car, but I did a search for “Lancia Mendoza Blue” online and found this image, which looks spot on.

Mendoza Blue Fulvia - 10

Here’s some of the blue I’ve uncovered on my car….

What do you think?


I wasn’t a fan when I first uncovered this blue but it’s growing on me. Quite a lot, in fact. I’m not sure how it would look bumperless, but still…..

I got to thinking about the original colour again over the weekend as I did some more stuffing around with the Fulvia in my front yard. I didn’t get much done, sadly. Just a few more items removed from the interior, some cleaning up of pitting on a few chrome bits (photos soon), I made a start on removing some more exterior trim (rusted on screws, be damned!) and a start on removing the radiator. I had a few fiddly connections to deal with on the radiator when I ran out of time last night, but it shouldn’t take long to finish off.

But back to colour…..

I have to paint the car. That’s a no-brainer.

Normally I’d prefer to keep the car in the colour that I bought it but the red that exists now is not original so I don’t feel bound to anything except my budget and my own free choice. Red is nice. Very nice, in fact, but then everyone who has a Lancia Fulvia seems to paint it red.

The original colour is this Mendoza Blue, which I do like, but I’ve always been more partial to the creatively named Lancia Blue, which is a dark navy blue colour. I think Lancia Blue will wear the bumperless look quite nicely, too.


Going Mendoza Blue would mean a (slightly) easier and less expensive job, but then there’s so much to do that going the extra mile for a complete change of colour shouldn’t be that big an issue.

I do like the Mendoza Blue but I have to say I’m a bigger fan of the bumperless look and either red or Lancia Blue will work better with that.

What do you think?

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  1. Grigio Escoli is my favourite colour on a Fulvia Coupe. Yes, it’s silver – yawn! – but it sits so well on that body..

    Quite frankly I’d be glad that my Italian car was something other than red! I think that original colour is lovely, really. I’d probably stick with it.

    But I’m not a purist when it comes to respraying. Since yours has already been resprayed, I don’t think you need to be tied to it – those “original paint!” bragging rights are gone! So do as you wish. One day, a new owner will respray it once again, and they can go back to the original colour, or even paint it pink like your post a few days back..

    It’s your car, and you should enjoy it. If that means a slightly darker blue, so be it!

  2. Agree on that one. Go for a Blue, an Italianate blue with a little less green in it, but paying homage to cars in the brand. Have to say the bumpers and bright work look the part. Especially the headlight rings!

  3. I think red for an Italian car is so obvious that it’s too obvious. Therefore I’d choose anything other than red…

  4. Automotive paint suppliers used to provided printed sample catalogs. It’s a long shot, but maybe a long-established local shop still has these. They will definitely have contact information for their suppliers who may be able to help.

    I didn’t comment last time, but I think that the Fulvia looks better with bumpers. That goes double if you are keeping the stainless door sill trim. The bumpers balance-out the composition, sort of like how Caravaggio can balance a painting with a single seemingly-stray line.

  5. I like both the darker Lancia Blue as well as the Lancia Mendoza Blue, but I am leaning more to the Mendoza Blue for a several reasons. The Mendoza Blue is more unique (navy blue cars are much more common), it is a lot of work to keep a dark colored car looking clean and shiny without swirl marks 🙂 , and I expect the Mendoza Blue is one of those colors that will take on slightly different hues in different settings and lighting…so for the price of one paint job you get a car with several color personalities.

  6. I also have a S1 1966 Coupe in mendoza blue, and I think you should keep the original colour, definitely not red, yawn

    happy to send some photos of mine which I sprint and hill climb