The Lancia Delta was a five-door hatchback designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and released in 1979. It became one of the most successful rally cars ever, having won the World Rally Championship for manufacturers six times between 1987 and 1992. After the abolition of Group B rallying Lancia was forced, along with all other manufacturers, to compete with Group A cars. The 4-wheel drive Delta HF was therefore pressed into service for the 1987 season. Despite some flaws it was more suitable for rallying than its rivals and easily won the 1987 championship.
The Delta's dominance helped it out in the Italian market at least, where a 42% sales increase in the first half of 1987 was directly attributed to its rallying successes. Competitors began to emerge during 1988, in response to whom Lancia produced the Delta Integrale, and then in 1989 the Integrale 16v, which remained competitive until 1991 and netted the team four more world championships. The Integrale Evoluzione was introduced for 1992 and won the championship for a record sixth year in succession. Lancia drivers won the drivers' title in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. The four evolutions of the Delta won 46 world championship events between them, and their run of six successive manufacturers' championships remains a world record.
The first Evoluzione cars were built at the end of 1991 and through 1992. These were to be the final homologation cars for the Lancia Rally Team, as the ‘catalytic’ Evoluzione II was never actually rallied by the factory. The Evoluzione I had a wider track front and rear than earlier Deltas. The boxy wheel arches were extended and became more rounded. The wings were now made in a single pressing. The front strut top mounts were also raised, which necessitated a front strut brace. The new Integrale retained the four-wheel drive layout but the engine was modified to produce 210hp at 5,750 rpm. Further external changes included new grilles in the front bumper to improve the air intake for engine compartment cooling, a redesigned bonnet with new lateral air slats to further assist under-bonnet ventilation, an adjustable roof spoiler above the tailgate, new five-stud wheels with the same design as the rally cars, and a new single exhaust pipe.
Presented in June 1993, the Evoluzione II version of the Delta HF Integrale – as featured here – was equipped with an updated version of the two-litre 16-valve turbo engine to produce more power. It also received a cosmetic and functional facelift that included new 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured roof mouldings, an aluminium fuel cap, air-intake grilles on the front mudguards, a red-painted cylinder head, and high-back Recaro sport seats. With ABS, fog lamps and Recaro seats now standard on all markets, the sole optional extra was air conditioning. The interior upholstery was always trimmed in beige Alcantara with diagonal stitching on seat centres and door panels, however additional colour and trim combinations were made available through a number of limited editions, including the Giallo Ginestra as featured here.
Giallo Ginestra paintwork, Clubsport specification: Recaro Pole Position bucket seats, Recaro side mounts with adjustable sliders, Full OMP bolt-in roll cage (fully lagged), OMP harnesses, OMP Targa 350mm Alcantara steering wheel, OMP steering wheel boss, OMP aluminium pedals, Brushed aluminium door cards, Group A carbon fibre door mirrors in yellow, Black front grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, Wheel stud conversion, Rear seat delete (fully carpeted), Cage-mounted full size spare wheel, HKS boost controller module, Full 75mm stainless steel exhaust system, Evo II short shift kit; Air conditioning, Electric windows, Tailored HF carpet mats, Clifford tracker system, Remote central locking, TOAD alarm system.
This 35k mile example is one of only 220 bonafide Giallo Ginestra Evo IIs ever produced. The paintwork presents in exceptional condition throughout and the quality of the finish is quite simply stunning with a deep, lustrous shine and absolutely no marks or blemishes to report. There are of course no rust issues present to either the bodywork or underside, the car having been stripped and fastidiously refurbished over an 18-month period. Even finer details such as the trims are in first-rate condition, and the panel gaps are spot on. With the exception of a few subtle changes including the black grille, Group A door mirrors, and larger 17-inch wheels, the exterior is visually not far off a standard example.
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Sitting inside the Integrale there’s no doubt you’re behind the wheel of something special. The first thing you’ll notice are sliding Recaro buckets in black velour, and to hold you in place are 3-inch OMP harnesses for both driver and passenger. Other high-quality OMP items include a full roll cage, Alcantara steering wheel, and aluminium pedals. The original door cards have also been replaced with brushed aluminium items, and the rear seats have been removed entirely; in their place, a full-size spare wheel mounted firmly to the cage. The dash and centre console remain for the most part in their original state, with a few upgrades over standard including an uprated boost gauge for enhanced driver feedback, and the necessary Evo II short-shift kit with carbon fibre surround. The cabin is lifted further with tailored HF floor mats and a bespoke rear carpet installation giving a superb OEM-quality finish.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet reveals a very clean and well presented engine bay. During the car’s restoration the engine was removed and upgraded to the high specification detailed below. It was professionally remapped by JM imports in Newcastle and is currently running circa 290bhp at just 0.9 bar for optimum longevity and reliability. Full specification as follows:
• AEM Induction kit with aluminium heat shield• 4 branch tubular exhaust manifold • SARD Fuel regulator • Colombo & Bariani high lift cams and Vernier cam pulleys • Full stainless steel rally spec. turbo-back exhaust system • Pierburg 3 port boost solenoid• HKS EVC boost controller• Uprated ignition leads • Full silicone intake, boost, and coolant system hoses• Goodridge turbo oil feed hose • Garrett T3 turbo • Billet aluminium radiator supports• Powerflex yellow torque mount bush • Brand new OEM quality water pump, alternator, auxiliary belts, tension wheel, and knock sensor• Brand new cam seals, crank seals, prop seal, oil pipe seals, gaskets, etc.• Brand new uprated clutch• Fully reconditioned transfer box
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This striking Giallo Ginestra sits on larger 17-inch alloy wheels all in perfect unmarked condition. They are wrapped in matching Continental tyres with less than 2k miles of wear. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition. The Brembo calipers have all been fully refurbished in yellow. Additional underside specification as follows:
• BC Racing RM coilovers with pillow ball adjustable top mounts.• Walker’s tubular rear diff cradle (stronger and lighter than OEM)• Front and rear turret-mounted strut braces, powder coated in anthracite• All driveshafts refurbished with brand new SKF CV joints and new boots• All new SKF hub bearings • Billet aluminium rear ARB hangers • Fully Powerflex-polybushed throughout• Spherical rose-jointed control arms and front drop links• Goodridge braided brake lines all round with Motul RBF600 brake fluid• Stainless steel fuel tank straps• Stainless steel hardware used throughout on all non-load-bearing fixings• Control arms, driveshafts, trailing arms, hubs, anti-roll bars and support brackets all shot-blasted and powder coated in black
First registered in 1995 this striking rust-free example is one of only 220 Evo IIs produced in sublime Giallo Ginestra. Under current ownership the car has been fully refreshed to a very high standard and so presents in exceptional condition throughout. With only 35k miles under its belt it further benefits from a number of tasteful ‘clubsport’ upgrades (as above) perfectly suited to fast-road use, and unsurprisingly it’s the most rewarding Integrale we’ve ever driven.
The accompanying History File comprises the original Lancia document pack, owner’s manuals, the V5C registration document (showing 1 former keeper), and a raft of parts and labour invoices. The car was imported from the salt-free roads of Japan in 2016 with all taxes paid on arrival. It has covered less than 2k dry miles since being in the UK.
1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II is listed for sale on ClassicDigest in Hampshire by 4Star Classics for £89995.
Car type : CarMake : LanciaModel : DeltaModel Version : HF Integrale Evo IIEngine size : 2.0Model Year : 1995Sub type : VanLocation : HampshireVehicle Registration : Undefined