The Lancia Delta Integrale dominated the World Rally Championship throughout the late 1980s and early 90s.
In celebration of Lancia’s record fifth consecutive WRC Constructors’ Champion title in 1991, a limited run of ‘Martini 5’ road-going versions were produced, based on the same Evoluzione models that would be the last homologation cars built for the Martini-sponsored rally programme.
Whilst mechanically identical to standard ‘Evo I’, the exclusivity of the ‘Martini 5’ and its famous stripe livery differentiate this limited number car from the cognoscenti.
Chassis number: ZLA831ABO*00567646
Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-litre 16 valve in-line 4-cylinder
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Colour: White with ‘Martini’ 5 stripes
Interior: Grey Alcantara
The original Delta was named European Car of the Year in 1980.
Following several updates, the turbocharged, four-wheel drive ‘High Fidelity’ arrived. As development of both the Delta HF rally and road cars continued in unison, the improved HF Integrale model replaced the 4WD and the Integrale Evoluzione I soon followed in 1991/92.
With rallying still providing the focus, the Evo I retained the Delta’s four-wheel drive system and turbocharged 2.0-litre engine.
Changes to the bodywork in line with latest rally regulations included an increase of front and rear tracks, extended wheel arches, the same five-bolt wheels as the rally cars and a single exhaust pipe.
Showing just 8,759km, this original ‘Martini 5’ Evo Integrale example is number 203 of the 400 limited editions produced.
Distinguished by the usual red, light blue and dark blue stripes of Martini, the model uniquely also has a black rear roof spoiler, white wheels, and black interior with red stitching, whilst a small numbered plaque in front of the gear lever identifies the car’s official edition number.
Imported from Italy two years ago, the one UK owner, very low mileage car remains in flawless condition and drives as ‘new’.