Lancia Fulvia – SOLD!

Hi all.

I just wanted to pass on the good news that my Lancia Fulvia was sold within a week.

I’m really, really pleased with this sale not just because it’s happened – and happened so quickly – but also because the car is going to the perfect buyer. The Fulvia will be Ralph’s fourth Lancia restoration, so he’s obviously a massive enthusiast for the brand and already has the skills and the contacts in place to bring this car back to life again – something I hope to replicate myself some day.

I’ve had a couple of false starts over the years but got a little closer with each one. It’ll take time but it will happen. I’ve had a major education with this car, even in the short time that I’ve owned it. I’ve learned a lot about the Fulvia itself, including its wonderful, yet simple, engineering and construction. I’ve learned about the difficulty in repairing such vehicles when the body needs a lot of work. And I’ve learned that there are certain cars for which there’ll always be a keen interest. Quality always creates curiosity.

A few people have already told me that I’ll be kicking myself in 10 years from now at having sold this car. That may be true. I do desperately want a Fulvia some day but with so many competing priorities right now and the restoration on this one requiring more than I’m capable of doing (or financing), my time with a Fulvia will have to wait.

The Fulvia will most likely be picked up in late February. That’ll clear one car from the front garden and I can then start preparations for selling the Brumby.

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10 Comments

  1. WOW… that was fast! Well done. Hopefully you will get a chance to drive it once it is fully restored 😉

  2. What a greedy bugger. Save some Lancia’s for the rest of us will you, Ralph! 😉

    Good luck with the resto Ralph. Do keep us informed, if you’re reading this. And Swade, congratulations tinged with commiserations on the successful, rapid sale. Sounds like you’re alright with it. There will be another Lancia. Perhaps just spend the ~20k on a decent one next time eh?

    There seems to be a lot more interest in Fulvia’s of late – I see Drive is doing a Lancia feature with a HF featured prominently. Then again, it’s probably just my interest has been piqued and I’m noticing them more. One thing is for sure – they aren’t going to be going down in value with this sort of exposure!

    (Aside: I actually finally, grudgingly put my 9-3 up for sale with hopes of getting a quick sale and maybe, just maybe, taking that Fulvia off you! Oh well! Seem’s tuned og9-3’s aren’t quite as desirable as a Fulvia? WTF! Who knew!?)

  3. Hope you didn’t lose too much on it. Good decision though, and well done for moving it on so quickly. Seems there a few of us resto-maniacs who have stalled projects who can take your lead. A common theme here, that might do with a new thread to tease things out a bit? Maybe a chance to get some head space and commiserate as to why we actually do this? Or is it basically just hoarding gone bad?

    1. I agree, good decision – a great car, but any car needing extensive body work is a massive project. You really need to be set up well to tackle that or have a friend who can help… otherwise it is just stupidly costly. Dealing with a bad engine is no big deal (worst case, pull and rebuild/swap), but to properly fix widespread rust, you’re pulling engines and interior, and everything! That’s a heck of a lot of time/$’s! Around here, cars are subjected to so much salt in winter that they look rough quickly and it is in everyone’s routine to look for rust and expect the worst from every little bubble. In a cleaner climate like Australia mostly is, the cars probably live longer… though if you’re fairly marine (close enough to the coast), there must be a fair bit of corrosion at least for cars that live very close to the ocean. Anyway, my rule of thumb is body is #1 priority… any rust is usually the tip of the iceberg… if you live in a corrosive environment, oil spray the car (including inside every cavity). Annually. That is the only way I am still driving c900’s 25 years later up here in the salt belt.

  4. Good to see it moving on to a good home. Sad to see it moving on, nonetheless.

    Maybe your next project ought not be made with parts forged from pure unobtanium, eh?