A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Estimate: £50,000 - £60,000
+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
First seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979, the Lancia Delta Integrale is best known for its domination of the World Rally Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Constantly being developed, the first ‘Evoluzione' cars were built at the end of 1991 and carried on through 1992 and these 'Evo' models were to be the final homologation cars built for the Lancia Rally Team competing under the Martini Racing banner.
Arriving in June 1993, a further development of the HF Integrale naturally became known as the Evo II and featured an updated version of the 2-litre, 16-valve turbo engine producing a little more power (215bhp) and incorporated a three-way catalyst and a Lambda probe, with everything being organised by a new Marelli integrated engine control system. In addition to the mechanical changes, the Evo II received a cosmetic and functional facelift that included, new 16" light-alloy rims with 205/45 ZR 16 tyres, a body-colour roof moulding to underline the connection between the roof and the Solar control windows, an aluminium fuel cap, air-intake grilles on the front mudguards,and a red-painted cylinder head.
Based on both the Evo I and II, Lancia produced various limited editions and these cars were shared amongst its own dealer network. Naturally, with very low production numbers, they became sought after in period and even more so now. In particular demand was the Evoluzione 2 Bianco Perlato known affectionately amongst enthusiasts as 'La Perla'. Only 365 were built worldwide finished in a beautiful colour combination with White Pearl bodywork and a blue leather Recaro interior including the Momo steering wheel.
This delightful example dates from 1994 and was delivered new to Parma in Italy initially, but was imported to the UK quite early in its life on 19/05/1998. Since 2017 it has been part of a private collection and had little use but the car is supplied with an interesting history file indicating that it has been well maintained throughout, with invoices from all the right people; Walkers, Prestocar and most recently Allitalia in Wrexham.
Notably, between September 2014 and June 2016 the previous owner invested over £10,000 in the car with Allitalia. There is a wedge of detailed invoices in the file but, in brief, the work included a new turbo, timing belts, boost control pipes and new brakes. Some corrosion in the sills was attended to and the underside treated to a coat of Waxoyl. In 2015 the cylinder head was removed, after a compression loss in cylinder 4, and skimmed. Whilst the head was off, the engine bay was overhauled and tidied and any faltering components were replaced including a new custom made Alunox exhaust system. The history file also contains the original bookpack including the service records, a host of invoices, and some older MOTs. The current MOT is valid until February 2020 and the odometer is reading 108,000km.
Anyone who has ever driven an Integrale knows how special they are and L203 SUB seems a very honest example with plenty of history and represents an excellent opportunity to experience the sense of invincibility engendered by these talented little Lancias. However, this Evo II is a little different, it's a 'Bianco Perlata', and instead of being covered in Martini or Repsol advertising, this Evo is wearing a party frock, kind of a 'Prom Queen' with a black-belt in Karate.
Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.