Belgian Import: 1994 Lancia Delta 2 – Sold?
December 2, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
When you come across a car in simple duds that typically only appears in supercar trim, it can be disorienting. The Lancia Delta Integrale is the stuff of rad-era dreams, but less excitement is often generated for the standard commuter car it’s based on. This 1994 Lancia Delta originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Marietta, Georgia is described as a Belgian-market import that has 74,000 miles on it and is a fairly stripped-down example, lacking even air conditioning. The seller is asking $6,200 for it, and given this model was never sold stateside and rarely, if ever, makes an appearance, there’s no relevant price guide listing to tell us if it’s accurate. Still, it’s reasonable money for an Italian hatchback with serious pedigree.
The import market is a strange one these days, as the 25-year rule has opened up the floodgates for all manners of forbidden fruit. What we’re seeing now is an influx of ordinary cars that previously would have remained in Europe until they were cycled out of the daily motor pool. These days, however, everyone can get into this business: a small used car lot local to me had a Peugeot 205 GTI sitting on the corner of the property, next to high-mileage Land Rovers and Ford Expeditions. The owner of the dealership said it was cheap enough that he figured he’d roll the dice on finding someone passionate enough to buy it without asking too many questions – is that what happened here?
The Cars Universe YouTube Channel provides Jeremy Clarkson’s take on this generation on the Lancia Delta and provides perspective on why enthusiasts love these cars:
It’s hard to say. The seller has tackled some helpful maintenance projects, replacing the “…timing belt, gears, tensioners, and bearings within the last year,” which would suggest he’s not hoping for a quick flip as the Lancia rolled off the boat. It’s described as a good driver, which it certainly looks like it could be with a dry, rust-free body underneath and straight panels up above. The interior is a bit messy with a heavily stained headliner, which could suggest the drains for the moonroof are blocked up. The tan Alcantara upholstery looks nice, and doesn’t show too much soiling from use which would seem quite likely with such a light color. The seller doesn’t talk about the paperwork side of things, but the listing claims it has a clean title so hopefully it’s on the up-and-up. Good luck with the purchase if you bring this rarely seen base-spec Lancia Delta home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Rare Lancia Delta 2. Belgium import. Clean title. 2.0 16 valve. Timing belt, gears, tensioners and bearings replaced within the last year. No a/c. Alcantara seats. Good driver. Serious only please.“
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