Lancia Fulvia HF Competizione 1970 – UK

Lancia Fulvia HF Competizione to unikatowy prototyp, który łączy firmy Lancia, Ghia i De Tomaso i związany jest z bardzo ciekawą anegdotą. Pomysł na ten samochód zrodził się w głowie Alejandro De Tomaso z Ghii, który tworząc konkurenta Ferrari zamierzał skłonić amerykańskiego Forda do zakupu marki Lancia. Chciał wówczas poprowadzić własną markę samochodową, lecz na spełnienie swoich aspiracji musiał jeszcze poczekać. Fiat zwęszył podstęp i sam przejął Lancię. Sam projekt jednak jest niezwykle ciekawy. Aerodynamiczną sylwetkę stworzył Tom Tjaarda na podwoziu modelu Lancia Fulvia. Patrząc na niezwykle nisko poprowadzoną linię maski wręcz trudno uwierzyć, że było to auto przednionapędowe, lecz udało się to uzyskać obniżając mocowanie silnika V4 o 30 mm. Auto miało podwójną osobowość – z jednej strony zostało dostosowano je do użytku drogowego, a z drugiej prowadzono prace mogące pozwolić na torową rywalizację w Le Mans. Projekt zaprezentowano na targach motoryzacyjnych w Genewie i Turynie w 1969 roku, lecz po przejęciu firmy w ’69 roku przez Fiata, został on zarzucony, a egzemplarz został przekazane w prywatne ręce. Od tego czasu właścicielem auta był bratanek stylisty, Afredo Vignale. Sprzedał on samochód dopiero 20 lat później, w rękach nowego właściciela samochód przeszedł renowację i zaprezentowany został na Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. W ostatnim czasie sprowadzony do Wielkiej Brytanii, oferowany jest przez dom aukcyjny RM Sotheby’s. Szacowana wartość to około 140-180 tysięcy funtów, czyli około 717-922 tysięcy złotych. Oferty można składać on-line, a finał aukcji już wkrótce.


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1970 Lancia Fulvia HF Competizione
£140,000 – £180,000

RM | Online Only – LONDON 26 – 31 OCTOBER 2020 – Auction Closes on 31 October 2020

Chassis No. 818.540 002279
Engine No. 342
Documents: A UK V5C has been applied for and will follow post-sale

One-off prototype with Ghia coachwork designed by Tom Tjaarda
Shown at both the Geneva and Turin Motor Shows in 1969
Believed to have been modified for intended use at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Fully restored in 2014

Please note this title is in transit. A UK V5C has been applied for and will follow post-sale. Please be aware that this process can take between 4 – 6 weeks §

Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Chobham, U.K.

Tom Tjaarda described the Lancia HF Competizione as one of the best cars he created when he was reunited with it for the first time in almost 50 years in Thoroughbred and Classic Cars magazine in 2017. The project itself was the brainchild of Ghia’s Alejandro De Tomaso, who in the late 1960s thought he could lure Ford into purchasing Lancia outright if he could demonstrate a future for the company to rival that of Ferrari. His expectation was that if he could engineer the sale of Lancia to Ford, his close friend Lee Lacocca and CEO of the Ford Motor Company would then install him as CEO of Lancia, thereby fulfilling his ultimate aspiration; to run his own car company. Sadly for De Tomaso, the deal never came to fruition as Fiat caught wind of the ruse and purchased Lancia outright for themselves. However, the car that would act as the honey trap did become a reality and it was unveiled at the 1969 Geneva and Turin Motorshows to widespread interest; the HF Competizione.

Built on a contemporary Fulvia chassis, it was touted as a car with a dual personality; perfectly suitable as a GT yet ready to attack a circuit at a moment’s notice. It was therefore lightweight and featured cutting edge aerodynamics for its time with folding headlamps and a retractable adjustable rear wing, which was said to ‘increase grip proportionally to speed’. A racing inspired clamshell bonnet, quick release fuel filler cap, plexiglass windows and internal roll bar also demonstrated its suitability for track work. De Tomaso even modified the chassis to allow the 1,600 cc V-4 engine to sit 30 mm lower, the solid rear axle was replaced by two independent oscillating wishbones and a large aluminium tank was added to the rear compartment and commissioned a bespoke lightweight windscreen from Belgian firm Glaverbel, which was 3 mm thinner than standard, to save weight wherever possible. It is believed that the car was subsequently modified and tested for Le Mans in 1970 before the programme was abandoned.

Since then the car has been owned by the nephew of stylist Afredo Vignale, who kept it for 20 years. Later, it ws acquired by its current owner, in whose possession it has been comprehensively restored. It has also been shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and has been the subject of multiple enthusiast magazine articles. It presents in good condition, ready to be enjoyed or equally enhanced further with sympathetic replacement of age sensitive items; suspension bushings perhaps being the most cost-effective starting point.

A unique piece of history that incorporates Ghia, Lancia and De Tomaso with an intriguing back story, accompanied by its Certificate of Authenticity from Lancia Classiche.