Translated as well as possible from the eauh-seauh-veddy-eauvaheated prose of Sotheby’s, this 816-kg (1,800-lb) car came with a carburetted 1.6-litre V-4 engine and a close-ratio five-speed gyuhbox. The previous Fulvia had large 7-inch inboard and small 5¾-inch inboard headlamps and so came to be known as Fanalone (more or less “large lights”), while this kind of Fulvia has all four headlamps the same 5¾-inch size, and so it’s known as the Fanalino (“small lights”). That’s the claim, anyhow. Whether it’s real or just another bit of Sotheby’s auctioneersmanship, I have to like at least the idea of a car named for the configuration of its headlamps. They also say between 1966 and ’73 very few continental European rally championship winner circles lacked a Fulvia such as this, and now I’m done giving them oxygen.
I spotted this car on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive on my way almost home from driving errands a few days after my recent birthday, but by the time I reached the spot on foot, it had gone. Oh well, that’s all in the game. I carried on with my walking errands, and just a couple of blocks later I saw the car again, parked in a side street.
I know almost nothing about cars like this, so here are some more photos.
Looks like half a substantially nifty V4 visible through the grille…
…but no, that’s all of a substantially nifty V4 visible through the grille; Paul N informs me the cylinder bank angle was just 12°, so the four cylinders used a single/common cylinder head—like a VW VR5 or VR6. That’s why the head looks so wide end-on like this.
No bumpers—it was built without them, as it seems—but there’s a yellow tow loop to match the black one up front:
Pleasant lines and shapes here…
Later cars are said to have got integral fender flares, but these…
…do a fine job accommodating these:
The aforementioned quad 5¾-inch headlamps appear to be original, or at least highly period-and-place correct H1 halogen ones from Italian maker Siem (as I say, I know almost nothing about this car).