Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
In a way yes - we still have two Lancias, a 1963 Flavia Pininfarina Coupe, and a `65 Fulvia 2C Berlina. Every Fulvia Coupe however has always disappointed me. I think the issue is the engine having very little (and I mean very little torque) at anything below 4000 rpm and the awkward gear change 1st being on a dog leg. Driven at high rpm, in other words thrashing it all the time, gets a bit wearying.
Their uneven port arrangements I`m sure didn`t help with 2 ports being longer than the other two and the engine needs high rpm to get velocity through the cylinder head. The 1300 Alfa engine seems to have a broader torque band but not as much high end - certainly not with our single carbed (but synchronised two barrel Weber) Veloce engine.
Our 2C Fulvia is a much nicer car despite it being an 1100 version of the V4 but with 4 speed column change. It is very well built (slightly better than our Giulia Ti) and rides particularly well. The Flavia is just a sophisticated jewel with very flat torque curve from its twin cam flat 4 engine but far better constructed and rides better than Alfas manufactured by Pininfarina. It can be surprisingly quick but does not have the same satisfaction in pushing it compared to an Alfa but a far better quick cruising long distance car that always gets admired.
'65 Giulia Ti, '69 GT Junior, 72 Spider, '74 2000 GTV, ,`00 156