Bonhams : From The Patrick Collection, effectively one owner, 2,192 kms from new,1986 Lancia Delta S4…

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Lancia Delta


From the mid-1960s the early 1990s, Lancia was a force in international rallying, the World Rally Championship for no fewer than 11 times 1972 and 1992, including a six successive victories commencing in During the same period, drivers won the European Rally on 14 occasions and the World Drivers’ (only instigated in 1978) times. The models used – HF, Stratos, Rally 037 and the Delta S4, HF and Integrale – are among the most rally cars of all time.

Audi’s lead, Lancia had a new four-wheel-drive World Rally contender in 1985, the Delta S4, bore more than a resemblance to its road-going namesake. deliberate likeness though, was skin deep, for the two cars had to nothing in common mechanically.

For whereas the Delta road car was a front-wheel-drive, five-seater hatchback, the S4 carried its engine where the seat passengers would been and concealed a tubular chassis – similar to of the Rally 037 and incorporating fully all-independent suspension – beneath composite bodywork. Featuring aerodynamic aids designed to downforce at high speeds, front and rear sections of the body were quickly in the case of an accident.

The transmission drove all four via central and rear differentials the Abarth-designed 1,759cc, 16-valve broke new ground also, both supercharging and turbo-charging to the effects of ‘turbo lag’ at low

As the FIA applied a ‘x1.4′ formula to the of forced induction engines, the S4 ran in the up-to-2,500cc class, which a minimum weight of 890kg lbs). A maximum power of around 400bhp was available the start, rising to in excess of by the end of development.

After the required 200 Stradale models required by Group B had – allegedly – constructed, the competition version its first appearance in November at the RAC Rally, Henri Toivonen and Alén finishing 1st and 2nd respectively to one of the most successful debuts in history. The Delta S4 went on to three more World victories in 1986, securing 2nd place in the Makes’ competition and 2nd for Alén in the Drivers’ before compulsorily retired at the end of the year the FIA imposed Group A regulations for The FIA’s decision had been by a series of serious accidents, Toivonen’s fatal crash in at the wheel of a works S4, which claimed the life of his co-driver, Cresto.

Lancia Delta

In use for only 13 months, the Lancia S4 is one of the rarest of Group B rally There is considerable doubt Lancia actually produced the 200 cars required for homologation, opinion being that than 80 exist today.

in 1986, chassis number was first registered in the UK on 9th March and comes with Lancia UK purchase invoice to the Patrick for £44,590. To comply with the Customs regulations, John (the Patrick Collection’s curator) had to register the car elsewhere in the EU Netherlands in this case) in his Brenda’s name prior to its into the UK, hence the V5 registration reference to ‘one former (Brenda Ward).

Finished in dark red metallic pale tan interior, the car has been after in-house by the Patrick resident curator. It has also from expert attention at Garage, Delta S4 specialists at South Otterington, North where a major recent included renewing the cam and oil pump belts; setting the injectors; cleaning and servicing the brakes; and cosmetic works (see on file dated 29th 2011 for £7,697).

Presented in a condition commensurate low mileage and careful ownership, the car is with owner’s wallet, manual, assorted correspondence, MoT to 2012, Swansea V5 document, and four expired MoT certificates between 1994 (at 1,228kms) to (at 2,164kms).

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