How Is This Lancia Delta Rally Car Worth Nearly $600,000?


This may be the most perfect example of a rally car that you'll ever find.

Lancia was once a dominant player in motorsports with amazing models like the Stratos and Delta. Now the company basically just sells rebadged versions of Fiat products. Even though Lancia's pedigree seems long forgotten, its rare Group B rally cars are worth huge money at auction. The Stratos and 037 were the marque's more beautiful cars, but we've always had an affinity for the Delta Integrale, as well as its rarified rally version, the Delta S4.

There aren't too many cars left that utilize twin-charging, using both a turbocharger and a supercharger. Volvo has brought this method of aspiration back with its new models like the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV. One of the earliest cars to ever come with turbocharging and supercharging was the Lancia Delta S4. Back in 1985, Lancia had to sell 200 road-legal versions of the Delta S4 to comply with homologation rules. The road car ended up being sold with a 1.8-liter engine with two intercoolers, rated at 247 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Power went out to all four wheels through a manual transmission and 0-60 mph took less than six seconds, which was extremely impressive in the 1980s.

It may not have been as blisteringly quick as the 500-hp racing version, but the Delta S4 was no slouch either. Since so few were built, it is understandable that this car is now extremely rare. These never really sold in the US, so we haven't really seen how valuable they are. We recently saw a Delta rally car, which was driven by four-time World Rally champion Juha Kankkunen, sell for almost $300,000. This seemed like a ton of money, but this 1985 Delta S4 on JamesEdition commands nearly twice as much. Amazingly, the car only has 784 km on the odometer. The car is currently being sold by Jean Lain Vintage for a whopping $596,500.

This may be the most perfect example in existence of the Lancia Delta S4. These cars were built to be driven at the ragged edge over the world's toughest terrain. The owner of this one clearly didn't use it for those purposes, which leaves it in showroom condition.

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