Lancia Delta HF Integrale Dealer's Collection
- Mileage: 68,506
- Year: 1994
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Candy Red Pearl
- Interior Colour: Tan Leather Recaro
- Top speed: 137
- 0-60mph: 5.7
- BHP: 212
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1995cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged 4 In-line
To honor the Delta Integrale’s brilliant career, Lancia developed two run-out special editions. These were called the ‘Dealer's Collection’ and the ‘Edizione Finale’, or ‘Final Edition’. The former was reserved for Lancia dealers, mostly Italian even though the name was in English, and the later was reserved for the Japanese market, although the name was in Italian…
The Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione is perhaps everything a homologation special should be: just a stone’s throw away from its racing counterpart and offering the very best of available technology. The Delta Integrale, in all its variants, won six consecutive World Rally Championships from 1987 and 1992, becoming one of the most successful rally cars ever built. Its impressive pedigree was celebrated with countless limited editions of road-going Integrales, starting from the Martini 5 and progressing on to the Martini 6, Verde York, Blu Lagos, Giallo Ginestra and onto one of the rarest and most highly sought-after series, the famous ‘Dealer’s Collection’.
The Dealer’s Collection was only made available to Lancia dealers and features a number of unique features. The cars were painted in a unique pearl red, fitted with Recaro seats trimmed in tan leather, a push-button start, and some OMP goodies. It was one of the very last HF Integrales and with only 180 produced, it was the swan song of the rally legend from Lancia.
‘Dealer’s Collection’ numbered plaque (127), HF grille badge, 16-inch alloy wheels, OMP pedals and passenger footrest, OMP front and rear strut braces, Push-button start, Momo Corse leather-trimmed steering wheel, Instrument binnacle in silver, Air conditioning, Electric front windows, Adjustable rear spoiler, CD player, Remote central locking, Alarm, Tailored HF carpet mats, Spare wheel with cover, Tool kit with jack, Spare keys.
This stunning Dealer’s Collection is one of just 180 examples built before production of the iconic HF Integrale drew to a final close. Based on the Evo II, all 180 cars were finished in a beautiful pearlescent red that was unique to the edition. The gleaming paintwork on this example is excellent and free from any swirl marks or scratches. There are almost no chips to the front end and along both sides the panels are perfectly straight. Looking closer you’ll find all items of trim still in fantastic fettle and the lights perfectly clear, with no moisture or damage to report.
The tan leather upholstery is a perfect complement to the candy red exterior. The body-hugging Recaro seats have worn extremely well over the years, presenting with only light wear to the driver’s bolsters as any evidence of use. The matching door cards appear as new, the tan headlining is pristine, and all the plastic trim is unmarked. More commonly worn items such as the gear knob and steering wheel show few signs of age, and pleasingly all of the switchgear still functions correctly.
Special Dealer’s Collection equipment includes a push-button start, OMP pedals, an OMP passenger footrest, and silver instrument surrounds that really lift the dash. OMP strut braces can also be found under the bonnet and in the boot, which additionally houses the covered spare wheel and tool kit.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Integrale is fitted with Lancia’s two-litre turbocharged engine, and being an Evoluzione II it produces a healthy 212hp. The response of the Garrett T3 turbo is sure to put a smile on your face; thanks to the reduced inertia of the turbine the turbo kicks in quickly, propelling the car down the road with impressive performance. A highly efficient intercooler also provides the driver with more power and greater reliability.
Despite the exhilarating performance the engine retains an impressive level of refinement thanks to two counter-rotating balancer shafts, which help to reduce vibration to give superb smoothness. The five-speed manual gearbox is perfectly matched to the engine’s power and pulls through the gears with ease.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The car sits on its original set of 16-inch alloys that really suit the Evo II nicely. The wheels retain an immaculate appearance throughout with no unsightly curb marking or age-related wear to speak of. They are wrapped in a matching set of Pirelli tyres, each with ample tread remaining.
This rare Dealer’s Collection was first registered in December 1994. It was supplied new by Auto-In Lancia, an Italian dealer who also carried out the running-in inspection at 1,500km and first service at 12,000km. By late 1997 the car had found its way to the UK. It was then serviced by Walkers and sold to its first private UK owner in February ‘98. Since that time the car has seen just one additional keeper, who has cherished it for the last 18 years.
The History File is complete with the original maintenance booklet, Italian/English owner’s manuals, and a raft of invoices detailing much of the car’s UK provenance. This particular example was also featured in the May 1998 issue of Auto Italia magazine, a copy of which is included in the paperwork.
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