Lot 303 - 1984 Lancia Delta HF Martini Turbo MT16
|Odometer reading||80,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,500 - £9,500|
|Result||Sold - £7,728|
The Lacia Delta was introduced to the UK in 1980. In an attempt to join the 1980s hot hatch club, Lancia updated its stylish Delta with a turbocharged version incorporating the classic Fiat twin-cam engine under the bonnet. Performance was predictably rapid and the HF Turbo model was brought to the UK in 1984. Initially designated Delta MT16 (standing for Martini Turbo), the first models featured white livery with Martini racing stripes.
This car is one of only a few rare survivors of the original Lancia press fleet of 20 cars which were brought over for evaluation by the British motoring press and was also used by the Porsche Martini Race Team. This car still has its original Lancia 'Press Fleet' registration plates and this is also verified by the chassis number. In 1994, the car underwent a complete bare metal restoration and since then has lived a pampered life in dry storage, emerging only to attend events such as Lancia Club meetings and concourse events. The mileage of only 80,000 miles from new is correct and confirmed by the previous MoT's and maintenance history. Supplied with the car is the original driver's handbook, the Press Release Pack and the workshop manual. There are also some interesting articles from sources like the contemporary motoring magazine road test reports and publicity material. There is a thorough work and service history highlighting all of the work it has ever had done from about 1987 onwards. A service was carried out and a new cam belt and rollers were fitted just a few miles ago. This Lanica is finished in the Martini colours and is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which expires in March 2015.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.