What can be said about the iconic Lancia Delta HF Integrale that hasn’t been said before? Probably not a lot, but for those of you who may not be that familiar, here’s a quick recap:
Lancia developed the Integrale in order to leverage their technical developments during the Delta 4WD’s productive 1987 debut rally season. These developments included larger brakes and an updated suspension including new front springs, dampers and struts. The Integrale retained the proven 200 bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine that had allowed the Delta HF 4WD to dominate Group A rally.
Group A homologation rules stipulated that the rally car had to be built using the underpinnings of the production cars, making the road-going cars fun, if a little bit raw, performers on the street. As well as featuring the cutting-edge technology found in Group A, the Delta Integrale road cars featured the same aggressive, race-ready body used by the rally cars.
Later, in 1991, Lancia issued an updated version of the Integrale, the Evoluzione. The body of the Evoluzione was radically altered to comply with the new Group A regulations and to accommodate a wider front and rear track. The wheel arches were extended and additional ventilation added to the bonnet and grille. While a rear spoiler was also added to the top of the tailgate to improve airflow.
Now coming to auction with RM Sotheby’s in New York, as part of their ‘Icon’ collection is this stunning ‘Giallo Ferrari’ edition, one of 400 built, with it’s vibrant fly yellow paint perfectly setting off traditional yellow-on-black Integrale gauges. With only one private owner and just 6,487km from new it is completely original.
Certainly this is great opportunity for a collector to add a rare special edition of the iconic Delta HF Integrale to their collection, Fantastico!