Offered here is a 1st series Montecarlo, based on the 2nd series Fulvia, a model introduced prior to Lancia’s takeover by FIAT in 1969. This stunning car is a rare example of the special edition model built to commemorate Lancia’s victory at the 1972 Monte Carlo Rally. Works driver Sandro Munari triumphed in that event, and the all-conquering Fulvias would secure another six international victories that year on their way to winning the ‘World Rally Championship for Makes’ for Lancia. Notable special features of the Montecarlo model were the livery – resembling that of the works cars – with matt black bonnet and boot lid, and its own bodyshell with flared wheelarches, rectangular front fog lamps, and the absence of bumpers. Finished in the correct green/matt black with black interior, believed the rarest colour combination, this particular Montecarlo was recently the subject of a no-expense-spared restoration. The body was entrusted to no lesser a restorer than Bonfatti of Modena, who usually dedicates his precious time to more valuable Italian machinery from Maranello. In addition, the mechanicals were comprehensively overhauled, and the restoration works are documented in an accompanying album of photographs. Only a minimal distance has been driven since the engine was comprehensively rebuilt. The car also comes with the Certificato di Proprieta and an Italian libretto showing three private owners from new. It should be noted that the very-hard-to-find original fog lights have been obtained and fitted, and that the car stands on its original wheels, which were only used for this model.