Introduced in 1965 as the sister vehicle to the Fulvia sedan, the Lancia 1.6HF Coupe could not have been more different. It was everything that a small, European coupe should be, and the fact that it barely changed in the 11 years it was in production is testament to the longevity of its design. Not only was it a stylish little car, but it could go, too, and garnered not one but two World Rally Championship titles in the early 1970s. Antonio Fessia, the designer behind all 1960s Lancia cars was a single-minded individual, searching for perfection and would not cut corners anywhere, at any time. While his determination can be given credit to for the 1.6HF Coupe and many other great cars, Lancia lost money on every car it produced in the 1960s, so the 1.6HF Coupe’s near perfection may have contributed to bankrupting the company!
The early Coupes were equipped with a 1.2-liter engine, but it was considered too weak, and was replaced with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, in a narrow V4 configuration, which was somewhat unusual in a car. It produced 130 horsepower, and allowed the 1.6HF to reach a top speed of 115 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in less than 10 seconds. It was also appreciated for its torque, allowing for spectacular pick-up and ease of driving.
The 1965 Lancia 1.6HF Coupe was the last car designed entirely by Lancia before the company was sold to Fiat by owner Carlo Pesenti; they could not have picked a nicer car to leave the scene with.