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The Lancia Delta was introduced in 1979 but more significantly as an homologation special "Integrale" in the late 1980s, to allow their four-wheel drive rally car to compete in International rallies. The second generation, as offered here, came out in 1993 with more power, bigger wheels and tyres (and associated wheel arches), and a 16-valve engine with twin distributors giving both more torque and more power. This particular Evo II was supplied new to Italy in 1994 and was subsequently imported to the UK in the year 2000. This was common practice at that time as the car was only ever produced in left-hand drive form and was supplied in very limited numbers directly to the UK. It was acquired by rock legend, Jamiroquai front man and well-known car collector, Jay Kay, in 2009 and has formed a part of his significant collection ever since. Frustrated by an engine misfire the car was recently sent by Jay to highly respected Lancia specialists, Walkers, for a complete engine rebuild in Jan 2017 which included a block rebore, cylinder head skimming, polished crankshaft bearing journals, and new forged pistons and new bearings all round. The car is still running in! The cost of this work was £8,260 and the bill is in the comprehensive history file. These Delta Integrale II's are recognised now as rare and collectable and this example, finished in red, seems to offer the astute collector a great opportunity, direct from one of the most significant collections in the UK.