AutoArt 87218 1:18 1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.6HF Rally #14- Munari/Mannucci- Rally Monte Carlo Winner
Styled in-house by Piero Castagnero, the Lancia Fulvia coupe debuted in 1965 with its unusual V-4 engine, canted 45-degrees to one side and driving the front wheels. The Fulvia went on to win Lancia the 1972 manufacturer's title in world rallying before retiring to make way for the new Lancia Stratos.
Developed to 1584-cc to stay within the under-1600 cc class in FIA competition,the V-4 provided reliable power while nimble handling made the Fulvia the force to beat in rallying in the late 1960s.
By 1970, however, the once dominant Fulvia 1.6 HF (for High Fidelity) was already becoming outclassed by racing specials such as Renault's rear-engine Alpine.
Still, there was some glory left in the Fulvia. The 1.6 HF, nicknamed the “fanalone” or “big headlight” for its oversized high beams, took victories in the 1971 San Remo Rally and the grueling 1972 Rally Monte Carlo where it was crewed by driver Sandro Munari and Mario Manucci.