Car fanatics young and old carry massive amounts of enthusiasm for the defunct Group B rally class that came about in the early 1980s. It’s easy to see why it’s thought of so fondly – the FIA allowed manufacturers to essentially build whatever they pleased, imposing minimal restrictions on vehicle design. This of course resulted in some of the most absurd race cars to ever contest an officially sanctioned event.
One of the more radical Group B creations was the Lancia Delta S4, which was built from the ground-up to dominate the highly competitive rallying class. Because the Delta S4 was a purpose-built mid-engine rally car that shared nothing in common with the road-going Delta, the FIA made Lancia build a select number of road cars in order for it to be considered production-based. The road car was referred to as the Delta S4 ‘Stradale’ and just 200 were built, so it’s not common to see one pop up for sale.
RM Sotheby’s is presenting the rare opportunity to own one of these road-going Group B racers at its Villa Erba auction in Lake Como, Italy later this month. You’ll have to be a true one percent if you want to put this extremely rare, high pedigree racer in your stable, however. The auction house is projecting its pristine red example, which has travelled just 994-miles since leaving the Lancia factory in 1985, will sell for anywhere from £200k to £300k