Between 1987 and 1992, the Integrale utterly dominated its branch of motor sport, winning 46 rallies and six constructors’ championships outright. And to keep the rally car at the sharp end of the results table, the road car went through a number of iterations, each more potent than the last.
As a road car, the Integrale is a truly joyful experience. Just like on the rally stages, its big rivalry in the early days came in the form of the Audi Quattro. Although the German competitor was significantly more expensive to buy, the Delta was smaller, quicker and much lighter on its feet. The Integrale is a true drivers’ machine, and delivers a huge amount of feel and feedback that makes them irresistible.
The original Lancia Delta Integrale is considered by many enthusiasts to be the best. For this rally homologation special, a 2.0-litre version of the Fiat twin-cam had a full pressure turbo to deliver 185bhp. Combine this with permanent four-wheel drive and wide tyres and the ensuing super-hot hatch was fast, agile and grippy, with none of the torque steer than afflicted lesser rivals.
This truly magnificent matching numbers Lancia Delta, with a mere 48,000 kilometres from new, is a rare find indeed. Delivered new in Italy, the Delta later found its way to Germany, where it was purchased by the present owner. Much maintenance work has been completed recently to address any minor issues, the bodywork shows no evidence of rust, and we believe the car still wears mostly original paint from new. Probably the best eight valve Integrale out there, an opportunity to buy an excellent example of one of the most iconic Italian cars of the 80s and 90s.