Italian auto manufacturer Lancia was founded by Fiat racing drivers Vincenzo Lancia and Claudio Fogolin back in 1906. Originally known as Lancia & C. Fabbrica Automobili, Lanciaquickly became a major player in the Italian auto industry producing some the world’s prettiest cars in the process. When we say “some of the world’s prettiest cars” we really do mean pretty, after all Lancia were responsible for cars like the Aurelia, the Fulvia, the Monte Carlo and of course the Ferrari powered Stratos.
Lancia were not just good at designing and building some of the world’s prettiest cars, they were also very good at rallying. Yes, during the 1970’s and 1980’s Lancia absolutely dominated the World Rally Championship (WRC). Although Lancia officially withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of the 1993 season, they did manage to win a total of 11 World Rally Championship titles from 1972 – 1993, with the Lancia Delta being the brand’s most successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship six times in a row from 1987 – 1992. Impressive right?
In 1969 Lancia became a part of the Fiat Group, and although the brand went on to design and produce quite a few excellent vehicles under the supervision of the Fiat Group, the Lanciafairytale came to an abrupt end all too soon. Fast forward to 2019 and although Lancia are still producing vehicles today, the creations that now sport the Lancia badge are no longer pretty and to us that means these vehicles are imposters, not genuine Lancia’s. Of course there is another problem, if you were crazy enough to purchase a new Lancia these days you would find that rather hard to do. Why? Because Lancia’s are no longer sold outside of Italy.
As a result of all of this, Lancia has become something of a forgotten name to the automotive universe and we think this needs to change as soon as possible. Luckily for gear heads everywhere, there are quite a few of Lancia’s best and most loved models available at any given time on the ‘pre-owned’ market making it possible for gear heads everywhere to live the Lancia dream. Like the vehicle featured in this article for instance, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is an immaculate 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V, which is known by many Lancia enthusiasts as the ‘Lancia Deltona’.
The Lancia Delta was originally introduced to the global automotive universe at the Frankfurt Motor Show all the way back in 1979. Although regular Lancia Delta models were great everyday drivers, it has always been the high performance versions that have got my attention and it’s not hard to understand why. Speaking of high performance Lancia Delta’s, the hardcore Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO is the one you really want to own and drive, after all it was the Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO that won six WRC championships in a row, and we have the Lancia Delta HF Integrale together with the Audi Quattro to thank for road-going rally replica’s like the Subaru Impreza STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
However, with good condition Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO’s hard to find these days the next best thing is the Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V like the vehicle featured in this article, which has been described as ‘one of the finest Lancia’s currently residing in North America’. Starting on the outside, this 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V features an immaculate red exterior paint finish with a Martini rally livery, rally inspired front spotlights and immaculate silver alloy wheels. On the inside, this LanciaDelta HF Integrale 16V features an immaculate solid black interior with embroidered Recaro leather seats, Martini themed door panels, a Martini themed gear shifter surround and all it’s original switch gear, gauges and interior trim pieces.
If you look under the hood of this 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V, you will find a 2.0 litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine which has an overall power output of 197 hp(147 kW) and 298 Nm of torque. Paired to the 2.0 litre, turbocharged engine is a five-speed manual transmission which, thanks to a permanent all wheel drive system, sends all available power directly to all four wheels. As a result of this set-up, this 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V should be able to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds and on to a manufacturers claimed top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph). These performance figures may not sound that great today, but considering this Delta HF Integrale 16V is 30 years old, they are quite impressive.
If you have fallen in love with the 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V featured in this article, you will be very pleased to know that this particular vehicle is looking for a new home and it has been listed for auction on BringATrailer. This 1989 LanciaDelta HF Integrale 16V was exported to the USA from Poland by it’s previous owner and it has been owned by Classic Car Club Manhattan since 2016, which means this vehicle has been very well loved. Since new this Delta HF Integrale 16V has only covered a mere 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles) and in 2016 it’s 2.0 litre, turbocharged engine was completely rebuilt. So who much does all this Italian engineering cost? Well, at the time of writing this article, the highest bid was a mere $13,465 with 10 hours to go. Is it a bargain, or is it a money pit?
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