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Lancia Delta S4 Group B - 1986

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posted by alias Perico001 on Saturday 24th of February 2018 02:26:13 PM

Chassis n° 0051 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais Bonhams Estimated : € 580.000 - 780.000 Parijs - Paris Frankrijk - France February 2018 - Genuine works car - First registered to FIAT Auto Spa - Abarth Classiche certified - 100% original and never restored - Ready to enjoy From the mid-1960s until the early 1990s, Lancia was a major force in international rallying, winning the World Rally Championship for Makes no fewer than 11 times between 1972 and 1992, including a remarkable six successive victories commencing in 1987. During the same period, Lancia drivers won the European Rally Championship on 14 occasions and the World Drivers' Championship (only instigated in 1978) four times. The models used – Fulvia HF, Stratos, Rally 037, and the Delta family: S4, HF, and Integrale – are among the most successful rally cars of all time. Following Audi's lead, Lancia had introduced a new four-wheel-drive World Rally Championship contender in 1985, the Delta S4, which bore more than a passing resemblance to its road-going namesake. That deliberate likeness though, was merely skin deep, for the two cars had next to nothing in common mechanically. For whereas the Delta road car was a conventional, front-wheel-drive, five-seater hatchback, the two-seater S4 carried its engine where the rear seat passengers would have been and concealed a tubular spaceframe chassis - similar to that of the Rally 037 and incorporating fully adjustable all-independent suspension – beneath lightweight composite bodywork. Featuring numerous aerodynamic aids designed to increase downforce at high speeds, both front and rear sections of the S4's body were quickly detachable in the case of an accident. The transmission drove all four wheels via central and rear differentials while the Abarth-designed 1.759 cc, 16-valve engine broke new ground also, employing both supercharging and turbo-charging to reduce the effects of 'turbo lag' at low revs. As the FIA applied a 'x1.4' formula to the capacity of forced induction engines, the Delta S4 ran in the up-to-2.500 cc class, which permitted a minimum weight of 890 kg (1,958 lbs). A maximum power output of around 400bhp was available from the start, rising to in excess of 500bhp by the end of development. After the required 200 Stradale (road-going) models required by Group B regulations had - allegedly - been constructed, the competition version made its first appearance in November 1985 at the RAC Rally, Henri Toivonen and Markku Alén finishing 1st and 2nd respectively to record one of the most successful debuts in rallying history. The Delta S4 went on to score three more World Championship victories in 1986, securing Lancia 2nd place in the Makes' competition and 2nd place for Alén in the Drivers', before being compulsorily retired at the end of the year when the FIA imposed Group A regulations for 1987. The FIA's decision had been prompted by a series of serious accidents, including Toivonen's fatal crash in Corsica at the wheel of a works S4, which also claimed the life of his co-driver, Sergio Cresto. In use for only 13 months, the Lancia Delta S4 is one of the rarest of Group B rally cars. There is considerable doubt that Lancia actually produced the 200 road cars required for homologation, expert opinion being that fewer than 80 exist today. Genuine works cars are even rarer. The Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car offered here was first registered on 20th October 1986 in Turin as 'TO 44805F' to FIAT Auto Spa. It is not a converted Stradale model but a genuine works rally car built by Abarth, which had previously been acting as parent-company FIAT's competitions department and had recently merged with Lancia's Squadra Corse. It is finished in the distinctive white livery of the famous Martini drinks company, Lancia's sponsors at the time. According to Abarth, '0051' is probably one of the three 'muletto' (reconnaissance) cars built. It was never raced in the World Championship, and along with its contemporaries was rendered obsolete when Group B was cancelled at the end of 1986. The registration was changed to 'TO-44816F' soon afterwards, and then in 1988 the car was sold to Comauto, an Italian Racing team. Subsequently, the Lancia belonged to two different Italian collections before being sold to German collector, John Bosch, a major Ferraristi who was drove for Audi and Opel in the 1970s and '80s. The file of this rare Delta S4 includes important documents like a copy of the car's original Italian registration document; original conformity and homologation paperwork; Abarth Classiche certificate, etc. The current owner purchased the Lancia on 17th June 2008 and participated with it in the Rally Legend in 2008, 2009, and 2015. The owner also entered 'Les Boucles de Spa' in 2012 with the car, while Frenchman Bruno Saby (a Lancia Delta S4 driver in 1988) drove it at the Legend Show Serre Chevalier that same year on the ice racetrack. This ultra-rare ex-works Lancia is in excellent condition and 100% original in specification, even retaining its original seats marked with the names of Markku Alén and his co-driver, Ilkka Kivimäki. We are advised that for security reasons, the original fuel tanks have been replaced by more secure ones for the Legend Show. An additional front light is included in the sale as well as the original fuel tanks. Regularly maintained by an Abarth Classiche professional team, this rare ex-works Lancia Group B supercar is ready to enjoy.

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