1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione
Sold For $107,520Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020 - Offered on Friday
- Lancia’s vaunted WRC homologation model
- Originally presented to Olympic skier Alberto Tomba
- Gifted to Tomba by the Agnelli family
- Features several factory Evo II upgrades
- Finished in rare and menacing metallic black
- Showing fewer than 13,000 kilometers
The homologated version of the HF Integrale drew on Lancia’s rallying reputation built by the legendary Stratos HF, 037, and Delta S4. Underhood was a 2.0-liter, eight-valve turbocharged inline four mated to a permanent all-wheel-drive system that split power 56/44 between the front and rear axles. A Ferguson viscous coupling shuttled the power between the axles with considerable urgency as the road beneath made its demands known. Upsized brakes and beefier suspension components drawn from the competition car ensured exceptional performance on the wide variety of terrain that had made rallying such a popular sport.
The penultimate expression of the Delta arrived in late 1991 when the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione was unveiled in Frankfurt. The remapped 16-valve turbocharged inline-four engine now put out 210 hp, topping 100 hp/liter for the first time. The car certainly looked the part with its fenders flared to make room for a widened track, its angular body that incorporated a functional rear spoiler, and wide Speedline Monte Carlo wheels finished in white. The interior featured bolstered Recaro seats equipped with Sabelt harnesses.
In WRC competition, the Delta Integrale was an absolute success begun with a victory at its San Remo Rally debut in 1989. With various iterations of the Delta rally car, Lancia won the WRC manufacturer’s title an unprecedented and still unbeaten six consecutive years between 1987 and 1992 before withdrawing from the series in 1993. Production of the homologated car continued through 1994 thanks to strong demand across Europe.
The Delta offered here was gifted to Italian Olympic gold medalist Alberto Tomba by the Agnelli family that has controlled Fiat since its inception. No stranger to speed, Tomba was a month short of his 21st birthday when he took home his first World Cup alpine skiing victory, and he took two gold medals at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. “Tomba la Bomba,” or “Tomba the Bomb,” as he was known to his fans, would medal in subsequent Winter Olympic games in Albertville, France, and Lillehammer, Norway.
Leveraging its power in Turin, the Agnelli family gifted approximately three dozen Delta Integrales to celebrities and VIPs largely associated with racing and athletics, and it is rare for any to become available. This unique example features several Evoluzione 2 upgrades, such as the seats and red-painted cylinder head, and is finished in an unusual metallic black that stands in contrast to the more common red, white, and blue hues. This Delta Integrale is offered with its original Italian registration documents showing that Tomba took delivery in June 1992, just four months after he won a gold medal in giant slalom at the Albertville Olympics. It has been recently serviced and is ready for its next owner to enjoy this distinguished example of Lancia’s rally heritage.