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1968 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Spyder

Chassis no. 81833200119
Engine no. 018911
Coachbuilder Zagato
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The surviving car of only two Zagato Spyder built. This car was exhibited at 1968 Barcelona Motor Show. A last attempt at an artisanal approach on Lancia basis.

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As had already happened for the Appia, Flavia and Flaminia, Lancia gave Zagato the task of creating the sport version of the Fulvia, equipped with an aluminum body and aerodynamics. Designed by Ercole Spada and set up in the workshops of the Milanese body shop in Terrazzano di Rho, the Fulvia Sport had an extremely modern and sleek line with a fastback type tail. Launched in 1965, the Sport had the same mechanics as the Coupé - except the final ratio - but thanks to improved aerodynamics it reached higher top speeds. Despite this, it was almost never used in rally competitions due to the greater delicacy of the monocoque on which the aluminum body rested and the general characteristics more suitable for use on the track (where Lancia did not race at the time). More than on the basis of the technical evolution (which followed step by step that of the coupé), the various "series" of the Zagato can be distinguished through the use of the materials used for the bodywork. The Sport in fact adopted a bodywork entirely in Peraluman only between 1965 and 1967. In the period 1968-70 the bodywork became steel, with bonnet, doors and spare wheel compartment flap in Peraluman. The tailgate has always been in steel on all versions. The evolution of mechanics and engines follows that of the Coupé, except for the 1231 cm³ engine. A peculiarity of the Fulvia Sport Zagato was the tailgate that opened electrically with a button positioned on the dashboard. An electric motor placed under the tailgate in the center of the boot opening raised the tailgate a few centimeters enough to circulate air in the passenger compartment. In 1970 the mechanics of the second series were adopted on the last 600 bodies of the first series. At the end of 1970 the bodywork became entirely in steel, losing the moving parts in Peraluman, having been the model slightly redesigned by Mittino to functionally update the car body, raising the roof for less difficult access and widening the fenders so as to be able to accommodate larger tires. The bonnet was also hinged on the front, as required by the safety rules of the time. Production ceased in 1972, after Zagato had assembled approximately 6,183 units. The artisan origin of the Fulvia Sport determined an asymmetry in the shapes of the mudguards, an asymmetry also preserved on the bodies of the second series.

At the 1968 Turin Motor Show, the Sport Zagato was also presented in an unprecedented spider variant which, however, had no commercial follow-up, due to the changed industrial plans of Lancia in conjunction with the transfer of ownership of the brand to Fiat, which certainly could not stand these expensive artisan collaborations in the face of limited revenues from sales. Only two cabriolets were built. The first was introduced at the 1968 Turin Motor Show. Elio Zagato built a second prototype, this very car, for the Spanish importer of the Zagato who wanted to present it at the Motor Show in Barcelona to collect orders for a small series. Only this one survives today.