In a colour befitting the Incredible Hulk, a rare Lancia just the 15th of only 24 Hyenas built by Zagato finished in attractive Verde Zagato paintwork is set to go under the hammer with prestigious auctioneers RM Sothebys.
Utilizing Lancia’s beloved Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione as a basis, the Hyena was a collaboration between Lancia and Zagato and the brainchild of a meeting between Andrea Zagato and Paul Koot, the official Lancia importer in the Netherlands and the proprietor of Lusso Service Holland. Underneath its handcrafted aluminum bodywork, the Hyena’s powertrain was tuned to produce between 250 bhp to 300 bhp. Tipping the scales at 1,150 kg, some 190 kg less than the Integrale, performance was truly thrilling.
If Zagato’s styling wasn’t eye-catching enough, the Verde Zagato paintwork on this particular Hyena certainly helps it to stand out from the crowd. Fascinatingly, this Hyena has been known by its current owner from new, as it was delivered new to a friend of the consignor. His friend purchased two Hyenas new, including this car, upon the presentation of the model in Germany, introduced there by Elio and Gianni Zagato. This is why instead of the typical “Hyena” side script on the rear ¾ panels, it boasts the signatures of both Elio and Gianni.
Subsequently, the car was sold to a lawyer in Frankfurt, and then bought by the consignor in October of 2017 through a dealer based in the Netherlands, making him the Hyena’s third private owner. Today, it presents in very well-preserved condition, having been driven less than 8,950 km from new. It is accompanied by its original owner’s manual, two sets of keys, a tool kit, jack, car cover, and a sales brochure with price list, as well as a handful of previous invoices from its time in Germany. Notably, these include previous TÜV inspections, invoices for a major service including a new fuel pump and cambelt in October 2015, and an additional service where the starter motor was replaced in December 2017
Despite Lancia and Zagato planning on building approximately 500 Hyenas, production was scaled down due to the projects massive production costs, and only 24 examples were produced. A truly rare automobile built on the chassis and drivetrain of one of Lancia’s most celebrated automobiles, this low-mileage Hyena would surely be a welcome addition to any collection of Italian sportscars.