Stylish Italian coupe was ahead of its time With national contenders aiming to put this to the test
Way back in the 1960’s the car industry saw an increasing interest in the sports coupe with car buyers wanting more than mere modes of transport. The Italian car industry assumed the mantle in Europe and produced the finest examples of the day with exotic specimens designed by the likes of Pininfarina, Bertone and Gandini to name but a few.
The Lancia 2000 Coupe joined a list of sports coupes manufactured since the early fifties. By the late sixties and early seventies Lancia had produced an array of models with innovative designs incorporating technological advances. One prime example of this is the Lancia 2000 HF Coupe. Designed by the legendary Pininfarina the 2000 HF had the following modern features, five-speed transmission, power assisted steering and even electronic fuel injection. It also boasted more comfort and refinement than other models with top quality bright work and magnesium alloy wheels.
The Lancia 2000 HF Coupe was considered to be one of last true Lancia cars, designed before Fiat took control of the company in 1969.
|Years Produced||1971 - 1975|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 10.2sec / Top Speed - 118mph|
|Power & Torque||123bhp / 126Ib ft|
|Engine||1991cc / four cylinder / 8 valves|
|Drive-train||Front engine FWD|
|Transmission||Five speed manual|
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
With values of Italian sports coupes constantly increasing, the Lancia 2000 HF is the perfect blend of performance and refinement still reasonably priced but, for how long?
A BUYERS GUIDE
The Lancia 2000 HF Coupe was actually an evolution of the already successful series II Flavia coupe launched in 1963. However, it was more worthy of the title ‘sports coupe’ producing over 30% extra bhp with the 1991cc electronic fuel injected engine.
The 2000 coupe is indeed rare, especially the HF version with as little as just a handful in the UK for sale. The first thing to look for when potential buying such a rare car is exterior condition, as Lancia has a reputation of excessive corrosion. However these early models do not suffer the rust problems associated with later generation cars. Check all the usual places such as sills, door panels and floor pans. You will also have to take a good look underneath as some of the rot hotspots are front and rear sub-frame mounts.
Under the bonnet
The Lancia 2000 HF Coupe was an extremely well engineered machine with the Bosch electronic fuel injection system being ahead of its time. Reliability is good providing the car has been well maintained so check the documented history is in good order. Make sure fuel lines have been replaced as they tend to weaken with the pressure from the fuel injection, bearing in mind a leak could spell disaster.
The HF coupe has a manual 5 speed transmission which is both strong and reliable, but the first sign of any problems will be second gear synchro failure, so be aware of this on the test drive. Brakes are discs all round and again providing good maintenance should prove trouble free. Interior parts are rare to find so make sure everything is in good order. Seats will have to be re-trimmed if in poor condition.
INSURING A Lancia 2000 HF Coupe (1971-1975)
They may be rare, they may be exotic, but they’re still a bargain when it comes to the insurance premiums. At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in-house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost. With limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.
- Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £92.89 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.
Annual premium – £137.79 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the following criteria:
- The vehicle garaged overnight
- The insurer has no record of accidents, claims or convictions.
- The insurer drives a main car daily and doesn’t exceed a mileage of 3000 per annum
All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £20,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out February 2016.
Lancia has won more world rally championship titles than any other car manufacturer. It also had the first standard production v6, load bearing body shell and electrical system in a car.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“This magical era of innovation has produced a unique array of designs and technical improvements that have become an inspiration to the car industry worldwide. Without the imaginative concepts of the late sixties and early seventies many modern car designs wouldn’t exist today.”