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Video: What Is The Greatest Rally Car In History?

While most of you will have an opinion, and the popular opinion will be to go with the Audi Ur Quattro, or perhaps the Ford Escort MkII, I say you are all wrong and side with the Italians.  My opinion is just that, and you should expect exactly what you paid for it…  I say, unequivocally, that the Lancia Delta S4 is THE GREATEST rally car in history.  Disagree?  Let’s hear it.  What say the constituency?  

WRC has put together a video with vintage footage from the archives.  Click through the jump to view their take.

[Source: MotorsportRetro.com | Image: TheSmokingTire.comThanks for the tip, Scroggzilla!]

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Currently there are "51 comments" on this Article:

  1. Feds_II says:

    I don't mean to sound closed minded, but you either answer Stratos, or you're wrong.

    <img src="http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/lancia-stratos-hf-group-4_10.jpg&quot; width=500>

  2. Alff says:

    In terms of value for money, it's a certain primer black Ford Granada purchased for $50 before being left for dead in a logging road ditch just outside of Liberty, Washington.

  3. JayP2112 says:

    Gotta be Quattro.
    Changed rallying, made AWD performance from agriculture and launched a subculture of turbo/AWD.
    <img src="http://straightspeed.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/s1_topcars-bg_1.jpg&quot; width="450">

    Or it could be this based on brute insanity.
    <img src="http://www.comp.co.uk/gallery/pics/FORD%20RS200%20MO1810%2010X18.jpg&quot; width="450">

  4. mdharrell says:

    How fortunate that my completely biased choice is also the correct one:

    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2575/3843082415_fa4d77eeae.jpg&quot; width="500">

  5. PowerTryp says:

    Only one car comes to my mind when I think of Rally greatness.

    <img src="http://www.photographymad.com/files/images/escort-rally-car.jpg&quot; width="500">
    <img src="http://www.sidewaystoyota.com/dennis.jpg&quot; width="500">

  6. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    Any of them which manage to finish a stage having only three wheels.

    I suck at inserting a video.

    Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detai

  7. Number_Six says:

    The Michelotto-prepared Ferrari 308 is nowhere near the right answer. And yet it is.
    <img src="http://elgringoloco.com/media/Ferrari308P62.jpg&quot; />

  8. Vavon says:

    Let me be predictable AND right: THIS is the ultimate (Group B) rally car!

    <img src="http://www.automobile-sportive.com/passion/reportage/205gti-saga/205gti-ouverture.jpg"&gt;
    The 205 Turbo 16 was almost invincible in WRC in 1985 and 1986!

  9. pj134 says:

    The answer is Lancia. RWD or AWD, the answer is Lancia. It doesn't matter which model, the answer is Lancia.

    <img src="http://www.mad4wheels.com/webpics/hires/00000094%20-%201983%20Lancia%20037%20rally/1983_Lancia_037_rally_014_7670.jpg&quot; width="500/">

  10. OA5599 says:

    http://www.redlinedodge.com/2011/04/28/the-histor
    "In 1972, Brock Yates purchased a white Challenger Rallye and had NASCAR engine builder Cotton Owens sprinkle some of his magic upon its 340 small-block. The mojo must have worked as Brock finished in second in the 1972 event and third in 1975. The romance of eluding the “Smokies” on the open road was captured in the pages of Car and Driver Magazine and eventually led to numerous movies including The Gumball Rally (1976), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Cannonball Run II (1984). Even though Brock Yates wrote both Cannonball movies, fans feel The Gumball Rally truly captured the true spirit and essence of the original Cannonball events. There were a total of five Cannonball Runs across this great nation of ours (1971 (2), 1972, 1975, 1979) and each one had its full share of mishaps and misadventures from the participants."

    <img src="http://www.redlinedodge.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cannonball.jpg?84cd58"&gt;

  11. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    Ford RS200 is my favourite:-

    …but:

    <img src="http://classicmotorsports.net/media/img/articles/mini_dudes.jpg&quot; width="450/">

    I nominate this for showing the world that brute force isn't the only solution

    (Although it is a mighty attractive one)

  12. scroggzilla says:

    Greatest?………..possibly. Prettiest?………yep
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6178/6201477435_fce0692bbb.jpg&quot; width="500" height="348" alt="73 acropolis rally jl therier alpine a110">
    The Alpine A110 of Jean-Luc Therier at the 1973 Acropolis Rally

    • The Professor says:

      Why can't I see the linked picture? If they're private, why link? I'm just asking….

      • scroggzilla says:

        My Flickr account used to be open to the public until I started getting blow back from people about copyright infringement (Ironically, my photo stream contained no images from the people who accused me of thievery). So now, it's a "secret" stash and I grant access to friends via invitation only. No muss, no fuss. Here's a like to the full size image.
        http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6178/6201477435_b23

  13. danleym says:

    My boss thanks you for my lack of productivity today.

    Great video.

  14. dukeisduke says:

    The Lancia Delta S4 was the car that got Group B shut down by FIA, after Henri Toivonen and Sergo Cresto were killed at Corsica in 1986:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Toivonen

    It ended the Wild Wild West that Group B had become.

  15. 2cver says:

    How about the Thomas Flyer? 22000 miles in 169 days and no gas stations!

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