"The Delta Integrale was born out of the ban on Group B rally cars. The Lancia won ten victories out of 11 rallies and the world title in WRC in 1988. The eight valve Delta had won, ahead of every rival in every continent, demonstrating its unrivalled performance, reliability and durability. But Lancia did not let this lull them into complacency. The 16 Valve HF Integrale was being developed and was to run alongside its stable mate during the 1989 season. The new car was identifiable from its predecessor by the raised centre of the bonnet created to accommodate the new 16 valve engine. The other exterior changes were wider arches, wheels, tyres and new identity badges at the front and rear. The 16 Valve Integrale was first shown to the public at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. Further development of the 16V engine included a Garrett T3 Turbocharger, larger injectors and a highly efficient intercooler. A new overboost provided 200bhp and 137mph performance with a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds. Brisk, even by today’s standards, the road going Integrale is spirited and reliable and great fun to drive, rewarding the driver with superb feedback and outstanding rally bred handling power.
This Lancia Delta was imported from New Zealand and prior to that it lived in Japan for a number of years. Unusually for a car that has travelled the world, it is supplied with a significant amount of paperwork and invoices. Clearly the owner in New Zealand was smitten with this car as he spent large sums maintaining the car. In 2012, the engine was rebuilt and in January 2019 over $26,600 (£13,500) was spent at Euromarque in Christchurch ensuring this car presents in the best possible condition. Finished in red with black leather trim, it is supplied with a V5C registration document together with a full years MoT and an impressive history file. This Lancia Delta Integrale 16V is virtually unmarked and is surely one of the finest examples available today."