If you want to buy a special car for your collection and you do not know which way to look, this 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale might be the answer.
If you don’t know how special a Delta is, then ask any rally fan and he will tell you about how Lancia dominated the Championship back in the late 80s and early 90s, winning with Delta four drivers’ titles in five years and six consecutive manufacturers’ titles. To celebrate their sixth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship, Lancia released a special edition of its Delta HF Integrale – ‘Martini 6’ – at the end of the 1992 season. Set apart from the standard version, the Martini 6 was decorated in the iconic rally livery with stripes running down each side of the car and around the centre of the tailgate. A large Lancia logo can be found on the rear of the roof, and the rear-mounted spoiler is emblazoned with the famous ‘Martini Racing’ across it, replicating the rally-bred version. HF decals are applied high on each rear side panel, and a ‘World Rally Champion’ badge adorns the tailgate along with the appropriate numeral ‘6’ celebrating the said number of championships. Inside, the Recaro seats and interior trim were finished in a unique teal Alcantara with HF logos on the headrests, a carbon-fiber trim was fitted around the gear-lever and a numbered plaque could be found below it with the limited edition serial number.
Mechanically, the Martini 6 cars were identical to the first-generation Evoluzione Deltas, meaning a 210 bhp 1,995 cc 16-valve turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, front and rear independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. One of the 310 special edition Martini 6 cars is going to be put on auction by RM Sotheby in Paris on February 3. This example, serial number 184, was delivered new in December 1992 to its first owner in Northern Italy. The car remained in that very ownership and has less than 28,000 km. It is expected to sell for no less than 120,000 euros.
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