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Lot 47

1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 'Verde York'

  • Chassis no. ZLA831AB0 00576639

Sold for €72.800


210 bhp, 1,995 cc 16-valve turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,540 mm

  • Brutally capable HF Integrale Evoluzione
  • Rare and desirable Verde York limited edition
  • Restored to as-new condition


The Lancia Delta, which was originally developed as an ordinary family car, was turned upside-down in 1985 with the introduction of the S4 for Group B rallying. This was short-lived, as the S4 was withdrawn from racing with the cancelation of the unlimited class in 1986. For the 1987 season, Lancia introduced the Abarth-prepared Delta HF 4WD.



As the HF had four-wheel drive and was powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four, it dominated the World Rally Championship with 46 WRC victories, and it won the Constructors’ Championship a record six times in a row, from 1987 to 1992. This included championship titles for Juha Kankkunen in 1987 and 1991 and Miki Biasion in 1988 and 1989. At the time, the Lancia Delta Group A had no equal.



By 1989, the production version of the Delta was tied hand in glove with the development of Lancia’s competition cars. The new Delta HF Integrale engine, upgraded from eight valves, was powered by a 16-valve 200 horsepower variant. With continuous development, Lancia introduced what is now referred to as the Evoluzione, or “Evo”, in 1991. The Evo was built as the final homologation version for the Lancia Rally Team, and it was the ultimate expression of technological innovation.



The first Evoluzione was a far cry from the small family car that it was derived from, as it boasted 210 horsepower and numerous visual cues that hinted at its tarmac-tearing performance. With a pronounced bonnet, numerous air vents, and even further flared wings, there was no denying that the Lancia Delta of 1980 was all grown up.



Offered here is a limited edition Verde York Lancia Delta HF Intergrale Evoluzione. It was released in the summer of 1992 and was designed to “put special emphasis on the values of performance and technical sophistication” for Lancia’s more discerning customers. This special edition example was finished in York Green 344 and has perforated Champagne leather with green stitching. It also features Solextra tinted windows and Recaro seats. As noted, it is the 23rd of a limited run of 200 examples.



In 2011, a former owner commissioned a complete restoration of this rare Verde York edition by a renowned Lancia expert. With the goal of returning the car to as it was when it left the factory, every single component was dismantled, reconditioned or replaced, and then reassembled. For all intents and purposes, this Delta HF is in as-new condition, with only 500 test kilometres since completion to ensure proper operation. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest Lancia Delta HF Integrales we have ever seen.



The Delta came from humble beginnings as a utilitarian car for the masses, but its subsequent rally heritage and technological evolution has turned this everyday car into one of the most brutal machines on both gravel and tarmac. This Verde York HF Integrale is as-new and very rare, and it would be a prized possession for any sports car aficionado.






Moteur quatre-cylindres en ligne, 1 995 cm3, 210 ch, 16 soupapes, turbocompresseur, boîte manuelle cinq rapports, quatre roues motrices, roues avant et arrière indépendantes, freins à disques sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 540 mm.



  • HF Integrale Evoluzione redoutablement efficace
  • Rare et désirable série limitée Verde York
  • Restauration proche du neuf




Présentée d'abord comme une voiture de tourisme classique, la Lancia Delta prenait une nouvelle voie avec l'introduction de la S4, conçue pour être engagée en rallyes en Groupe B. Elle connaissait toutefois une carrière de courte durée, abrégée par la suppression fin 1986 de la catégorie. Pour la saison 1987, Lancia présentait la Delta HF 4WD préparée par Abarth.



Dotée d'une transmission intégrale et équipée d'un quatre-cylindres en ligne 2 litres turbocompressé, la HF a dominé le Championnat du monde des rallyes avec 46 victoires et en s'adjugeant le titre constructeur six fois d'affilée, de 1987 à 1992. Un record. A ces résultats, il faut ajouter les titres pilotes pour Juha Kankkunen en 1987 et 1991, et pour Miki Biasion en 1988 et 1989. A cette époque, la Lancia Delta Groupe A était sans rivale.



En 1989, la version de série de la Delta était très liée au développement des Lancia de compétition. Ainsi, la nouvelle Delta HF Integrale recevait un moteur 16 soupapes de 200 ch, dérivé du bloc huit soupapes. Poursuivant un développement constant, Lancia présentait en 1991 celle à laquelle il est aujourd'hui fait référence sous l'appellation « Evoluzione ». Dernière version d'homologation pour le Lancia Rally Team, l'Evo était la version ultime en matière d'innovation technologique.



Assez éloignée de la gamme de voitures dont elle était issue, la première Evolution bénéficiait de 210 ch et présentait de nombreux détails de style qui laissaient transparaître sa personnalité résolument sportive. Avec un capot affirmé, de nombreuses prises d'air et des extensions d'ailes encore plus marquées, la Lancia Delta 1980 présentait une silhouette faisant autorité.



Nous proposons ici une série limitée « Verde York » de la Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione. Dévoilée en été 1992, elle était conçue pour « mettre l'accent sur les valeurs de performances et de sophistication technique » et destinée aux clients Lancia les plus avisés. Peinte en York Green 344 et dotée d'une sellerie en cuir perforé Champagne à coutures vertes, cette série spéciale comportait aussi des vitres teintées Solextra et des sièges Recaro. Comme indiqué plus haut, il s'agit du 23e exemplaire d'une série limitée à 200 exemplaires.



En 2011, un propriétaire précédent a confié à un spécialiste Lancia réputé la restauration complète de cette rare série spéciale Verde York. Cherchant à rendre à cette voiture l'aspect qu'elle avait en quittant l'usine, chaque composant était démonté, remis en état ou remplacé, puis remonté. Cette Delta HF est dans un état proche du neuf et n'a parcouru que 500 km depuis la fin de cette restauration, pour s'assurer de son bon fonctionnement. Sans aucun doute, il s'agit de la meilleure Lancia Delta HF Integrale que nous ayons jamais vue.



Après un début de carrière comme voiture de grande série, l'expérience en rallye et l'évolution technologique de la Delta a transformé cette voiture de tourisme en une des machines les plus redoutables sur l'asphalte ou sur la terre. Comme neuve et particulièrement rare, cette HF Integrale Verde York constituera pour tout amateur de sport automobile une possession précieuse et appréciée.

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