Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: An Italian Beast That Conquers All Terrain


Good luck running into another one of these on your way to work.

The majority of Americans wouldn't know a Lancia if it parked outside their driveway. While still a part of FCA, unlike Fiat and Alfa Romeo, it has yet to make its US comeback. Today, Lancia models are not sold outside of Italy and are rebadged Chryslers and Fiats. This may not sound like a company that could build a car for our "Supercars On A $50,000 Budget" segment, but Lancia wasn't always an afterthought of Fiat.

Top Gear once held a poll to see which manufacturer viewers thought had built the largest number of "truly great" cars. After the fans voted for Ford, Clarkson, May and Hammond told everyone that they were wrong. In fact, the greatest car company in the world was Lancia.

Lancia used to build uniquely engineered cars that were visually stunning but had a reputation for rusting away into dust. However, just before Lancia pulled out of the UK market in 1995, it showed off just how amazing its cars could be, with the Delta Integrale.

The Delta HF Integrale was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 8V engine with 185 horsepower. Later cars were given a 16V engine with 200 horsepower. This may not sound like much, but with a five-speed manual transmission the car was able to hit 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Delta Integrale was an interesting last hurrah for Lancia because unlike previous models the Delta wasn't a particularly pretty car. But it was an amazing car to drive. We found a 1989 Delta Integrale for sale in Los Angeles by a private seller. The car has 31,800 miles on it and has just been given new tires and a new battery. The car apparently has the 8V engine and was imported to the US from Italy.

Since the car is over 25-years-old you should have no problems registering it in the US. This Delta Integrale looks to be in excellent condition, although we should point out that the $49,995 price tag seems quite high. We did see another Delta Inegrale go up for sale on eBay, and it sold for under $30,000. This car was sold in Florida, and was also in really good condition complete with a leather interior. You can ultimately make the decision of whether or not this Lancia is a cool purchase. All we know is, if you spend less than $50,000 on this Italian classic, we know that you will probably never see another one on the road.

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