Street Legal Racer: 1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Most gearheads by now know the cars like this 1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale are the stuff of legend, having a deep history in motorsports that make it incredibly desirable as a road car. Most of the examples we see stateside are being imported as part of the 25-year rule exemptions and used as collection showpieces. This example has actually been used as the factory intended, with extensive history as a personal rally car for the last owner and all of these upgrades that tend to go along with a motorsports career. It still remains in good cosmetic condition today, and is ready to race should the next owner continue its rally course lifestyle. Find it here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $45,000 and the option to submit a best offer.

Incredibly, this personal rally car retains its original paint job. That blows my mind, as most track cars or vehicles otherwise used in competitive events have undergone so many color changes and body panel repairs that there’s nothing left from the day the car left the showroom. Evidently, despite a rally career stretching between the Pacific Northwest and the UK, the owner has avoided putting this Integrale into the brush. The Integrale put Lancia among rallying’s most storied brands with the success the car experienced, including winning the World Rally Championship six times. Its pedigree is irrefutable, and most collectors want one of these hot hatches for that reason alone.

The driving experience itself is also intoxicating, so this is one of those delightful cars that will always be worth what you paid for it (and likely more) and be an absolute riot to drive. The seller reports that this Integrale is made even more desirable for its interior, which is original and also comes with several rare, optional features. The Recaro buckets are original to the car and appear to be in excellent shape, and the Integrale is equipped with a center armrest, beverage holder, and digital clock, which apparently are hard to come by and sought after in the world of Integrale ownership. The Lancia also features a hood downdraft scoop.

The car has an extensive competition history, with the listing stating that it recently finished the Lewis & Clark Rally in June of 2021 in 114-degree heat with no issues. The 8V turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 200 b.h.p. and has 174,432 kilometers. It was rebuilt at 155,320 kilometers by Tanc Barrratt Lancia Specialists in Worchester, England. A full history binder will accompany the Lancia, which features documentation for the engine rebuild and all other upgrades and repairs. The Integrale is the sort of car every collection of motorsports icons should have, and given how rarely they appear stateside, this may be your best chance this year to do so with a car that is actually used as it was intended.

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Comments

  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    Now that’s cool!

    Like 1
  2. Raymond

    It’s the same as a jetta w fancy paint, 4 door compact…you guys get all gushy over spaghetti and french fries….ever drive one?…own one?….they SUCK…..

    Like 1
    • SubGothius

      Have you?

      Sure, the regular Delta was a family econobox like the Jetta (or Golf more aptly), but this is a completely different beast — a Delta HF Integrale with AWD and a potent turbocharged engine, not to mention those gorgeously brawny boxflared fenders, which dominated rally competition for years. And it’s one of the last fully-analog rally-bred homologation specials, before the dawn of computer-controlled everything (ABS, suspension, traction control, etc.).

      Would you say that an Audi Ur-Quattro Turbo is “the same as a Jetta”?

      Or that a Lancer Evo or WRX STi is “the same as a Corolla”?

      Like 15
    • jwaltb

      Wow, your ignorance is blazing brightly. Did YOU ever drive one?

      Like 5
      • Derek

        I’ve driven one on gravel in Italy (with the owner in the passenger seat). Phenomenal.

        Like 4
    • chrlsful

      sorry, the statement is proof U do not know the car as others do.

      Like 2
  3. sir_mike

    Sorry but not a real rally car.More of a weekend rally type cruise car.TSD type rally.No closed dirt or tarmac roads.Just a fun weekend cruise.A very nice Lancia though.Wonder if all the decals are easily removeable.Fun car for the next owner.

    Like 1
  4. Steve R

    Like the car, hate the decals.

    I have lots of friends with real race cars that wouldn’t be caught dead with this many decals on their car. As one of them put it, if the manufacturer doesn’t pay contingencies for his class, the sticker doesn’t go on the car.

    Steve R

    Like 9
    • Derek

      I make an exception to that for advertising my friends’ businesses!

      Like 1
  5. David Bailey

    Which came first? The GLH-s, or this Lancia? Just joking…

  6. PETER

    8 valve or 16 valve head?

    • jwaltb

      Called out as an 8V if you read the posting.

    • SubGothius

      The lack of hood bulge indicates 8v, which I gather is widely regarded by Lancisti as the better choice for routine street driving anyway, as the 16v is peakier and wants the revs kept up.

  7. Martin Horrocks

    Bit weird to rally an Integrale with stock interior. Can’t see a cage, but there would be surely? If ex UK, how much rust is there?

    200bhp from 8 valve means it has been breathed upon, and Tanc Barratt are goto guys in UK. But $45K for an 8 valve driver is about 30% over market.

    • Derek

      I think that “rallied” means “driven on organised routes relating to car meet-ups”. It isn’t a competition car.

      Like 4
  8. Martin Horrocks

    Just read the ebay description. “Rallied as a MARTINI car in UK” makes it sound like works car. This is anything but. So be careful …

    Like 3
  9. t-bone BOB

    Item location:
    Seal Rock, Oregon

    Like 1
  10. chrlsful

    Just looked at the pic & read comments~
    This is a very special car – if the evo II (those europeans have such long names!) it;s much like the ford:
    https://www.motortrend.com/features/1986-ford-rs200-evolution-test-drive-review/
    but more available/sourceable
    https://www.supercars.net/blog/1993-lancia-delta-hf-integrale-evoluzione-ii/
    AND affordable.
    If not that model let’s convert it.
    8^ 0

    • SubGothius

      The Evo II is 3 rounds of upgrade after this one. First there was the Integrale 8v, then the 16v, then the Evo, then the Evo II.

      Let’s NOT ruin this one by trying to make it into something it’s not, and hope the PO didn’t already go much further down that road than sticker-bombing it.

      For those who love the Integrale and want one they can daily without having to drive it like they stole it all the time — I mean, you can when you want, but just don’t have to — the OG 8v ‘grale is the one to get and enjoy.

      Like 1
      • Martin Horrocks

        Agree. The Integrale market is full of “special editions” which cost more but give little or nothing back in return. By the time you get to EVO 2, almost the entire production is made up of “special editions”, basically very successful blowout marketing.

        Most OTT are the “Final Edition”, 250 cars which went to Japan, painted the nice blood red of 60s works Fulvias. You will pay $150-200000 for one of those. As low mileage adds to value, you won´t want to drive it much.

        Like 1
  11. t-bone BOB

    Ended: Jul 31, 2021
    Price: US $38,000.00

    Relisted: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203545739634?ViewItem=&item=203545739634&vxp=mtr

    but ended early on Aug 3, 2021

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