No Reserve: 1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V

If you ignore the alloy wheels and the bulging fenders, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale looks like any typical 1980s 5-door hatchback. The fact that it possesses enough performance to scare plenty of traditional muscle cars makes it a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This 1988 Integrale 8V found its way to the US via Japan. It is a tidy survivor that is now in need of a new home. Located in Flanders, New Jersey, it has been listed for sale here on eBay. With 31 bids submitted to this point, it appears that there are quite a few potential buyers who would like to add this Italian classic to their collection. This has pushed the price along to $10,901 in what is a No Reserve auction.

The Lancia is finished in Rosso Monza, which is a stunning shade of red. Visually, the fender flares, deeper front, and rear bumpers, side skirts, and the alloy wheels all tell you that this is anything but your garden-variety Delta. All of these additional body components combine to provide the vehicle with a muscular appearance, and they are all in good condition. There are no signs of any cracks or damage, while the red paint has a beautiful shine to it. There are a few marks and blemishes, but there is nothing visible that is particularly bad. This is an Italian classic, so it should be no surprise to learn that rust can be a huge issue with the Integrale. The floors, the lips of the wheel arches, and the rear apron are all particularly prone areas. The owner provides a wide selection of photos of this car, and I can’t spot any problems anywhere. The floors look sound, while the other areas that I have mentioned appear to be clean. The alloy wheels are in good condition, and there are no signs of any issues with the glass.

The additional body pieces give some indication of the performance of the Integrale, but they don’t tell the whole story. This is a classic that packs a drivetrain that delivers impressive levels of performance. Under the hood, we find a 1,995cc 4-cylinder engine, which doesn’t sound that scary. However, add fuel injection, electronic engine management, and a Garrett T3 turbocharger, and suddenly this mild-mannered hatch is blessed with 182hp. Those muscular Italian stallions find their way to the road via a 5-speed manual transmission and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. The result is a car that can accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds and gallop through the ¼ mile in 14.9 seconds. Give it enough space, and it will nudge its way to 134mph. When you stop and consider the size of the engine, that all adds up to some impressive figures. These were also an expensive car when new, which meant that they were only available to people with some decent money in the bank. As the years passed, dropping values meant that they became more accessible to the general public. That also meant that more of these owners drove them to exploit the performance that was on offer. That was fine if they were properly maintained, but a hard-driven Integrale that was not was essentially a time-bomb just waiting to go off. It would seem that this will not be an issue with this car. The owner states that all of the fluids have been kept up to date. The Lancia is said to run and drive extremely well, with the suspension and brakes both being singled out as being great.

With such mindboggling levels of performance and handling, there would be nothing worse than flopping around like a rag in a bottle the moment that the Lancia is pointed at some twisting road. To this end, the Integrale comes equipped with some body-hugging Recaro bucket seats. These are upholstered in predominantly gray cloth with striped inserts. The rear seat and door trims are upholstered in matching material. Overall, this interior provides a positive impression. The most pressing need is the fact that there is a tear in the outer bolster on the driver’s seat. This is about 4″ square and will need to be addressed before it can deteriorate further. A competent upholsterer might be able to fit a patch, although it might require a new outer cover. Given the fact that the outer bolsters on both front seats are looking a bit tired and wrinkled, it might be worthwhile having all of the bolsters restored. Otherwise, the remaining interior trim and plastic have survived well. Front-seat occupants get power windows, but the rear windows are manual. The owner also mentions a Pioneer CD player, but this must have been a very recent addition. The supplied photos show the original Sony radio/cassette player still in situ.

The Lancia Delta HF Integrale is a giant-killer, and its development was aided by the brand’s success at that time in the World Rally Championship. It is said that racing improves the breed, and that was undoubtedly the case with this model. Much of the company’s WRC technology found its way to the roadgoing versions, and the result was a car that was an accomplished performer. However, their tendency to develop rust problems tarnished their reputation, while owners who mercilessly thrashed their cars helped to reduce numbers over the years. Finding a healthy, rust-free example today is becoming difficult. This car appears to meet those criteria and seems to offer a lot of promise to its next owner. I have never had the opportunity to drive one of these little cars, but I have always wanted to. That means that I am about to envy someone because they will be able to do something that I have long desired to do. The question is, will it be you that I envy?

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Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    Another car to make my bucket list. The only thing better would be the 16V version. Too bad auto makers can’t retool and build these again. That could be said for a lot of cars. You have the cord cutting crowd getting rid of cable. I’m part of the analog crowd where people actually drive cars and not the other way around. Do you think 30 years from now people are going to collect Tesla’s?

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    • Skorzeny

      Agree with you on the bucket list alphas is. Have always loved these.

      Like 2
  2. Mitchell Gildea Member

    Remember when Lancia made cars that weren’t rebadged Fiat 500s? Pepperidge Farm remembers

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    • Martin Horrocks

      Between you and me, the Delta is a rebodied Fiat Strada/Ritmo. Even the integrale uses mainly Fiat running gear (eg Lampredi 124 TC engine) which was developed into a rally champion by Abarth.

      The 4wd system was originally debuted on the Prisma (Delta with a trunk) and intended for snow freaks (Like the BMW 325IX) rather than rally drivers. It then spread to HF Delta 4×4, which wass devellopped into the integrale. Same running gear was used by Lancia Dedra integrale, Alfa Romeo 155Q4 and Fiat Tempra 4×4 (never seen one, doubt if it had a turbo).

      I´ll just get my coat…..

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  3. Francisco

    Another cool car from Flanders, NJ seller Keinayo, the dealer who’s not a dealer. I took a look at his other cars for sale, and I noticed he’s peddling that Fiat 124 Turbo again. This time it’s for a BIN price of $16,900. According to Ebay’s history, this same car was sold by Keinayo for a high bid of $14,100 on August 11th. Something’s fishy here.

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  4. KEVIN L HARPER

    I have worked on several of these and maybe even this one. If you can work on a Lancia Beta you will be comfortable working on these. Putting a starter on these is extremely fun and you need to get to know Tanc Barrat in GB for parts and advice.
    All were built with LHD and it is good to see that since this car is coming from Japan it has not been converted to RHD as the conversions were not very good.
    Having said all that, this is a car which proved the adage “You shouldn’t meet your heroes” to me. I was a big rally fan in the 80’s and a fan of Fiat/Lancia. But, I just don’t find these cars fun to drive. Yes they are fast, but I have found the 131 particularly in Abarth guise to be a much more enjoyable car. Ditto for the 124 and even a Lancia Beta Volumex with FWD provided more thrills. Down a rally stage I have no doubt that the Integrale would win, it just isn’t that fun doing it.

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  5. SebastianX1/9

    Fantastic car and the perfect mate to an E30 M3.

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  6. Martin Horrocks

    I inspected a Final Edition Evo 2 earlier this week, priced over $120K….market correct but terrible value compared with something like this which you can actually use.

    The 8V is the cheapest way in for integrales, genuinely good cars being $30-40000 in EU. Some people prefer them to the 16v cars. Others prefer either to the EVO versions, because of the big hike in price.

    Parts are not as hard to find as they used to be, but good luck with any Integrale specific panels or trim

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  7. Poppapork

    While i think its a great car i dont like the author hyping it up and using statements like “mindboggling performance”
    Dude minivans will outrun outaccelerate and outbrake this
    Stock Honda odyssey does quarter mile in 14.5 seconds on stock factory minivan tires!

    Great car but you wont spank anything in it (maybe a loaded landscaping truck)

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  8. chrlsful

    I think the Evo I &/or II (16v) were the rally cars & one to have. THAT was truly: “…using statements like “mindboggling performance”…” 46 wins, 6 world champs in-a-row…over 200 tq/HP ina car like that?

  9. Araknid78

    This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.

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    • Francisco

      It will pop up again. Just like the Fiat 124 turbo he “sold.” Brought to you by Keinayo, the “dealer” who isn’t a dealer.

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      High canceled bid: $12,501

      Scammers just seem to pop up, playing games with cars which are not really for sale, or that are not really sold.

      • Francisco

        I wonder why the guys at Barnfinds haven’t caught on to this seller’s antics yet. I’m an ebay buyer and seller. It really aggravates me to see someone flaunt the rules and game the system. I’d report him, but I don’t do business with him.

        Like 1

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