Rally Icon: 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution 1 – Sold!
There are certain cars that need no introduction, and the Lancia Delta Integrale is one such vehicle. Not only is its performance on various rally stages well documented, but it was a piece of forbidden fruit for U.S. shoppers as it was never officially imported here. Lancia produced various versions in increasingly hotter recipes, and a seller in Yonkers, New York, has listed his 1993 Lancia Delta Integrale “Evolution 1” on Craigslist with 77,000 original miles and an asking price of $55,000. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Lancia priced quite fairly, as the value of a “Good” condition example is pegged at $62,200, with “Excellent” condition models approaching $100,000. Full disclosure: when we came across this rare Lancia, the pictures had us thinking this may be a dealer posing as a seller. A check of the phone number confirms its a private listing so this is likely the personal car of the proprietor of the establishment its pictured at.
Under the 25-year importation rules, every year brings another wave of emerging classics that are eligible for use on our roads. The seller of this Lancia notes he imported his from Germany, where there’s an immense appreciation for what it means to take home top honors in the World Rally Championship as Lancia did in 1991. It’s amazing how many forms of motorsports achieve far better recognition overseas, and as such, limited production models like this Delta Integrale remain relatively unknown outside of the enthusiast community. While the basic recipe stayed the same engine-wise, with a two-liter, 16 valve turbocharged powerplant under the hood, Lancia made subtle tweaks that boosted performance in both the horsepower and handling department, along with upgraded braking components.
Today, these classic homologation specials have found favor with the next generation of collectors who idolized them while racing their friends in Gran Turismo. This example is said to be in “beautiful” condition despite the non-time-capsule mileage, and pictures do seem to confirm the overall good order of the interior and exterior. These cars are not without their issues, the biggest of which is the many years they were cheap enthusiast cars overseas, which resulted in many of them being poorly modified or otherwise enhanced the ways turbocharged cars are typically tweaked: by turning up the boost. That’s why it pays to buy a good one if you’re going to deal with the cost of importation, or to find one already stateside where an in-person assessment is possible. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to buy this piece of Radwood-friendly forbidden fruit.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“For sale is my beautiful Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution 1. One of the most iconic cars ever produced: 2L Turbo, 4 cylinder, AWD drive, 5 speed manual. Car was imported from Germany. Car is in beautiful condition and the picture will speak for themselves. For more info please text or call show contact info . Asking 55K or best offer. Serious buyers only please, can assist with shipping anywhere in the US. Car has 125K kilometers, around 77K miles. This car is truly stunning and rare! Don’t miss out!”
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