Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution

Cost new: £23,249. Value now: £39,995

The price reflects the miles – but this all-time classic should entertain for many more to come

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If you’ve been following auction results for the Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution models, the six-figure sums might have crushed your ownership dreams. But this example proves you can join the Integrale club for a lot less and don’t have to settle for a project.

It has covered 85,000 miles, but in the world of Italian cars, a well-used and well-maintained driver is often preferable to a minimal-mileage garage queen. The Monza Red paint looks even across the car, and restoration work to the bodywork plus repairs to the front and side skirts carried out a year ago at a cost of £3462 still look great. The few minor blemishes won’t stop you from enjoying it.

It’s a similar case inside – the leather seats have a few creases and the driver’s side electric window is a bit recalcitrant, but everything else works.

A further look at the paperwork reveals a new damper, brake pipes and other MoT fettling in 2017 (at a cost of £717) and two years previously it had new discs, pads and steering gaiters (plus other refurbs) at a cost of £1349. Its history before it arrived from Japan in 2000 is unknown, but it does come with a Certificate of Originality from Lancia Heritage, confirming it entered the world in September 1991.

Time to grab the gorgeous Alcantara Momo steering wheel and have a play. If you’ve never driven one and your Integrale initiation has been limited to Sega Rally, trust us when we say it doesn’t disappoint. It feels much more raw than an Escort RS Cosworth – everything rattles, shakes and shouts and the whole thing’s hilarious fun.

The boost comes in large lumps, leaving you little time to work out the confusing dashboard. It’s still quick today, especially through the bends – you won’t believe how well this car sticks to even the tightest of apexes. During our drive we couldn’t find any faults with the drivetrain or the suspension, with no peculiar vibrations or rattles (other than the interior plastics – they all do that, sir).

The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of the finest cars ever built, and though this particular example isn’t absolutely mint, it wouldn’t take much to make it so. But even if you choose to dive into driving it, there’s more than enough enjoyment here to justify the price tag.

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution
Year     1992
Mileage     85,000
On sale at     4 Star Classics
4starclassics.com 

Specifications
Engine     1994cc, 4-cyl,DOHC
Transmission     4WD, 5-speed manual
Power     207bhp@5750rpm
Torque     220lb-ft@3500rpm
Weight     1300kg

Performance
0-60mph     6sec
Top speed     134mph
Economy     21mpg



Choose your TVR Griffith 

 The new Griffith of 1991 mixes cutting edge chassis design with tried-and-tested V8 grunt.
 Displacement is hiked to 4.3 litres giving 280bhp in 1992.
 Griffith 500 arrives in 1993 with 340bhp (despite a pair of cats).
 Rover’s LT77 transmission is replaced with the more robust Borg-Warner T5 in 1994.
 1996 – Speed Six version is announced but ends up morphing into the Tuscan.
 500 is detuned to 320bhp in ’97 in an attempt to tame it… fail!
 Production ends in 2002.