|Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Who Owns Them?
The Lancia Integrale was the ultimate driverís car of its day. In fact, it remained a top contender well after its day, and only in recent years has it begun to seem technically outdated.
Nevertheless, a sizeable band of knowledgeable enthusiasts survives to keep the Integrale alive; typically, owners who are familiar with the finer aspects of driving and who frequently have their cars developed with an eye not just to sheer bhp, not to acceleration statistics or top speed, but to the entire driving experience.
In terms of performance for money, the Lancia Integrale is extremely cheap to buy (£8,000 should buy you a very good example) but the mechanical complexity makes it far from an economy purchase. Integrales are notoriously expensive to maintain.
In terms of visual impact, the attraction of the Integrale is its sheer functionality. No lip-service is paid to bulging bonnets and louvres, save where they accommodate larger engines or enhance the performance of the car. The motoring masses might pass this car by without a longing glance, oblivious to its squat, purposeful stance and unfashionably straight lines. But the physical beauty of the Integrale derives, quite simply, from its fitness for the purpose.
Note: We are indebted to Auto Italia magazine, an essential publication for diehard Integrale enthusiasts, for the photographs which accompany this piece. Back issues, including those which cover Special Edition Integrales and buying advice, are available from Auto Italia Magazine
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