It was originally driven by four-time World Rally champion Juha Kankkunen.
The recent Silverstone Classic auction featured a vast array of vintage racing machines looking for new owners, but one of the star attractions was a stunning 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo rally car that sold for an eye-watering amount of money. A Delta Integrale road car will normally set you back around $50k, but this legendary Lancia, driven by four-time World Rally champion Juha Kankkunen, sold for a whopping 225,000 GBP ($297,530) after an intense bidding war broke out.
Within minutes, phone bids, online and commission bidders pushed the price well above initial estimates. The final 225,000 GBP selling price was nearly double its original lower estimate of 120,000 GBP (around $157,000). Still wearing its original Martini Racing livery, this Delta Integrale’s achievements include finishing fifth place in the 1000 Lakes Rally, fourth place in the San Remo rally, and 10th place in the RAC Rally all in the same year. The car’s Group A rally specification has not been modified, so it still has an R090 transmission, IAW 90 engine electronics, and even the original Italian registration. It’s covered “little mileage” in recent years and enjoyed a refreshed paintjob.
“The car is a true rally legend and an important part of World Rally Championship history and clearly much in demand on the evening,” said Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “It was a dramatic highlight in a remarkably successful race car sale.” The Lancia wasn’t the only high value sale at the Silverstone Classic Auction, either. A BMW E30 M3 touring car once driven by Tim Harvey sold for an impressive 146,250 GBP ($193,340), and a BMW 320 E36 originally built by McLaren went under the hammer for 92,250 GBP ($121,955), far exceeding its original 17,250 GBP ($22,805) lower estimate.