The Lancia 037 was built in the early 1980s with one purpose only: to dominate the rallies of what we call the ‘golden era’ of Rallying. Producing 255bhp from an 1,995cc DOHC supercharged inline four-cylinder engine with Bosch Kugelfisher injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension, and Brembo/Abarth four-wheel disc brake, the 037 soon succeeded in its purpose, winning the 1983 constructors championship.
Changes to the FIA Group B regulations at the dawn of the 1980s prompted rally competitors to design purpose-built cars that required a small number, just 200 examples, of homologated road going models to be sold to the public.
Working with Abarth, which was now part of the Lancia-Fiat group, engineers created project number 037 as a replacement for the iconic Lancia Stratos HF. Despite its less-than-auspicious name, 037 was conceived with input from some of Italy’s best: Abarth, Pininfarina, and Dallara.
A 2.0-litre, supercharged four-cylinder engine powered the first 037s, and an enlarged 2.1-litre version eventually followed. The engine was supercharged instead of turbocharged in an effort to improve throttle response and to quell turbo lag, and it was initially rated at 255 horsepower. The introduction of water injection helped boost that figure to 300 horsepower, whilst the 2.1-litre variant raised that number to 325 horsepower.
In 1983 Walter Röhrl/Christian Geistdörfer won the Monte Carlo Rally with TO-Y63865 Martini Racing Lancia 037, the car presented here today and also gave to Lancia the title for winning the 1983 constractors championship.
After the 037 retired from racing, it went to VOLTA racing (Specialist and developer of the Lancia 037) where in the late 1980s it was sold to a private European collector and stayed in dry storage until today. It did not compete in any races but was regularly maintained and serviced so the car, according to the vendor, is in good working order. There were no modifications to made to this car in this time.
So this example presented here today represents an opportunity to own not only a piece of Rally history, but one associated with an iconic famous Rally winner (1983 Monte Carlo Walter Röhrl -Christian Geistdörfer).
The car comes with full documentation from VOLTA racing, along with an original certificate from Automobile Club Italia confirming the identity of the car, and also comes with an original period picture of the car with Walter Rohrl.
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