Spotted in the wild: 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V

One of the great fringe benefits of hanging out at racetracks is that many people who turn up to races bring interesting road cars to the track. While on assignment for JP Magazine recently at the Lucky Dog Racing League weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, I came across this Lancia Delta Integrale HF. Those in the know will know this as more or less the homologation version of the Italian builder’s rally cars. This one is a 1990 version with the 16-valve version of Lancia’s 2.0-liter engine, good for 200 horsepower. I know this because this very car was sold on Bring a Trailer in September 2015, as was noted on BaT’s Instagram page just around the same time I posted it on my own Instagram

There’s not much to add; these are killer federalized imports these days and one of the apexes of hot-hotch design. Enjoy the pretty pictures and start scheming to import an Evoluzione version, the last of which from 1992 became legal to import a couple weeks ago.

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6 responses to “Spotted in the wild: 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V”

  1. JayP Avatar

    I’ve always been a quattro guy but these are lust-worthy.

  2. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    This might upset the Alfa fans, but Lancia had a lot more recent motorsport successes with these cars than anything Alfa did in any other form of motorsport.
    More World Rally Championships have been won with Lancia than ANY other marque.
    You’d think that FiatJeepAutomobiles might want to make something of that marketing potential with a range of cars to compete with Subaru and Audi Quattro?
    Based on this heritage.
    Signed, Disgruntled, disappointed,dejected Lancia Gamma Coupe owner.
    Edit: Might be a year or two early with the name change?

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      True, as Top Gear demonstrated several years ago. The trouble is that the WRC is almost nowhere from a popularity point of view and has been for at least a decade. They lost something when they moved from Group A to the tamer Group N cars, and more when they moved away from homologation cars to WRC specials.
      Part of the problem is the development of the cars themselves plus the professionalism of the teams and drivers, where they lost some of the drama and unpredictability including unreliability. The fact that the drivers are pushing harder and competitiveness is closer than ever doesn’t directly translate into spectator excitement. The same applies to most motorsport really. I’m struggling to express this concisely, and can’t write a novel to illustrate the points I’m trying to make, but hopefully it makes some sort of sense.
      In short, the drivers make fewer mistakes, the cars break less and the much higher levels of development with non-road based hardware means they have less trouble dealing with the terrain they are thrown at. Dropping the Safari Rally for one diminishes the challenge too while we are at it. That will have to do for now.
      Edit, I was also going to say I’ve seen a handful on the road including rush hour traffic. Even one done in full Martini livery!

  3. bringatrailer Avatar

    Thanks for the pics of my car, guys. Glad you liked it, even covered in mud.
    This car is actually a ’91 Evo 1 and not the ’90 16V that you mentioned from Canada. 5-lug hubs and wider hood bulge are the giveaways for Delta geeks.
    Let us know if you are ever in San Francisco. You are welcome to come by BaT and check out the car!

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      I should have picked up on that wheel lug issue, 5 x 108 same as Volvo, Ferrari,Taurus, FWD Jaguar, Renault, PSA