The Lancia Delta Group A is a Group A rally car built for the Martini Lancia by Lancia to compete in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Lancia Delta road car and replaced the Lancia Delta S4. The car was introduced for the 1987 World Rally Championship season and dominated the World Rally Championship, scoring 46 WRC victories overall and winning the constructors’ championship a record six times in a row from 1987 to 1992, in addition to drivers’ championship titles for Juha Kankkunen (1987 and 1991) and Miki Biasion (1988 and 1989), making Lancia the most successful marque in the history of the WRC and the Delta the most successful car.
This wonderful Lancia Delta was registered on the 3rd May 1991 in Italy with registration plates TO 49651R and FIAT Spa was the first owner. Abarth was and is part of the FIAT group, and this was used by Abarth and its official drivers as test-car. As confirmed in a letter from Abarth to the CECOMP, it’ body was updated in 1992 from the model 831AB026 in the model 831AB027 (called “Evoluzione HF” or “Deltone”) with the body number TR0007 CECOMP. CECOMP Spa (Centro Esperienze Costruzione Modelli e Prototipi) is an Italian automotive company established in 1978 by Giovanni Forneris and is based in La Loggia, Turin. The company specialises in developing prototypes and models for car manufacturers, at the time it prepared the official cars for the Lancia Abarth.
The second owner of the car was the Jolly Autosport. Until 2000, this car was used in the Italian Rally Championship and in 4 races of the World Rally Championship with a private driver: the actual owner. In the WRC it raced 2 twice, in the Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo and in the Rallye Sanremo – Rallye d’Italia and 1 time in the Neste Rally Finland. After 2000 the car was the subject of meticulous maintenance by the current owner and liveried in “Martini” iconic colours!
Recently the car was certified with an Abarth Classiche and obtained an excellent valuation and comes with its Italian papers and the signature of Didier Auriol in the interior of the door. Elegible for the main Historic Rallys, this is a great opportunity to buy one of the most genuine Deltas on the market.