Lot 223 - 1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato
|Odometer reading||23,000 miles|
|Estimate||£150,000 - £190,000|
- One private owner since new
- Show winning original example
- One of just 24 ever produced
The Hyena was built on the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 1 and was designed to be a limited-run production coupe paying tribute to the Delta and its phenomenal competition success. In the early 1990’s, Holland based Lusso Service, inspired by the peak of Zagato’s collaboration with Lancia in the 1960’s, decided to create something that would rekindle that collaboration. The brief was to design a two-door coupé incorporating Zagato’s ‘double-bubble’ roof and was completed by Marco Pedracini of the Zagato Style Centre and unveiled at the 1992 Brussels motor show.
Initially there were plans to build around 500 examples, but this was quickly adjusted to 75, with only 25 Hyena’s completed due to unexpectedly high production costs. The manufacturing was incredibly expensive, 25 Delta’s were purchased and shipped to Holland where the body and interiors were removed. Next, the cars were sent to Zagato in Milan, Italy to be fitted with new aluminium coupé bodies before returning to Holland where Lusso Service completed the assembly. This manufacturing process led to a price of over $75,000!
The Hyena weighed 1,150kgs, 15% lighter than the production Delta Integrale, whilst retaining it’s 1,995 cc engine, five-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive system, resulting in a rapid 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds!
This Hyena was manufactured in 1992 but due to the high price tag and lack of demand when new, remained stored until 2001 unregistered. When collector interest began to grow it was imported by Walkers to the UK with the odometer showing just 102 kilometres. Still awaiting its first owner the car was offered to our vendor who was taken by the Zagato styling and limited production thus purchased this example and has owned ever since as the first private owner. In our vendors tenure the car has been dry stored and used sparingly with only 34,000 now shown - circa 23,000 miles from new. In Hyena circles this example is indeed a well-known car, featured in Auto Italia magazine as the cover car in Viva Lancia, this car attended the Lancia centenary celebrations in Turin and was entered into the concourse event eventually being awarded one of the best in show with 10 invited onto the podium. Presented in red coachwork with black trim this completely original example has been cared for by leading specialists Auto Integrale in Berkshire, and thus is offered with a detailed service history.
An incredibly rare, capable and very collectable motorcar which coupled two of the most iconic names in 90’s motoring, Integrale and Zagato, twinning style with performance in a package that is rarely seen on the road now that these rare cars are being snapped up by collectors worldwide due to their appreciating values.
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