After using a system combining both a conventional (Volumex) supercharger and a turbo on their ‘homologation special’ Delta S4 rally car, Lancia opted for turbo-charging alone for the Delta HF. Already a fine handling car courtesy of its tuned suspension, the HF moved up a class with the introduction of a state-of-the-art four-wheel-drive transmission. Badged as the Delta HF 4WD on its introduction in 1986, the model retained the Volumex blower before switching to a straightforward turbo when transformed into the Integrale.
The latter would prove a supremely capable rally car, winning the World Rally Championship in 1987 and 1988, yet in road trim remained a thoroughly practical family hatchback. Performance was boosted further by the introduction of a 16-valve cylinder head for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in 1989, maximum power increasing to 200bhp and top speed to 220km/h. Homologated to maintain the works team’s competitive edge, the first Evoluzione models were manufactured towards the end of 1991, incorporating wider track, appropriately altered bodywork and a re-mapped engine producing 210bhp among many other improvements.
This stunning Lancia Integrale Evo II was exported when new to Japan and remained there with its first owner all its life. It never has been used to rallye or racing events and with its total mileage of ca. 60000 kms it presents itself in superb condition throughout. It is of course a matching numbers example and already comes with fresh TÜV. Definitely a most rewarding and car to drive.