Lot 226 - 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 1
|Odometer reading||84,000 km|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £35,000|
The Lancia Delta was first shown in Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979. The Delta is best known for its World Rally Championship career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it dominated. The first Evoluzione cars were built at the end of 1991 and through 1992. These were to be the final homologation cars for the Lancia Rally Team; the Catalytic Evoluzione II was never rallied by the factory. In order to improve the handling, the Evoluzione had a wider track front and rear than earlier Deltas. In order to enclose this track in the bodywork, the wide arches were extended even further and in the process also became more rounded. The front strut top mounts were also raised in height in the quest for more grip: this then necessitated a front strut brace to control the forces thus generated. External changes included: new grilles in the front bumper to improve the air intake for engine compartment; a redesigned bonnet with new lateral air slats to further assist under bonnet ventilation; an adjustable roof spoiler above the tailgate to assist in competition; new five-bolt wheels derived from the rally cars; and finally, the rear of the car was changed with only one exhaust pipe now showing. The new Integrale retained the four-wheel drive layout: an epicyclical centre diff with torque splitter, Ferguson viscous coupling and Torsen rear differential. The engine, although technically the same as the earlier 16V cars, was remapped to give 210bhp at 5750rpm. These improvements were aimed at, and did change, the cars' handling potential, with the new car being able to travel 5% faster over rally sections both tarmac and gravel. The result was even greater driver confidence when driving in normal road conditions.
This Lancia Integrale Evo 1 was recently imported to the UK from Austria where it had been in a private collection for the last twenty years. After arriving here, this Delta has been fully checked through including having a cam belt service, new exhaust system and the suspension has been rebuilt with new shock absorbers and final edition road springs as fitted to the last of the Evo II (parts supplied by Walkers Garage). Other works carried out to the cosmetics of the car included refurbishment of the wheels and any minor paint rectification required followed by a layer of Williams Ceramic Coat protection. Finished in, the very rare, Derby Green metallic with grey alcantara Recaro interior, this excellent example is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2017, the original registration documents and the handbook pack including original manuals. Here is an opportunity to purchase a beautifully sorted and iconic Evo 1. Fresh examples such as this have become much sought after classic cars offering iconic WRC looks and driving experience.