Time-warp Works Lancia Delta spearheads Leclere’s latest sale
The spread of collector cars offered by Leclere Motorcars at its Automobiles in Drouot auction in Paris on 21 October is as varied as it is appealing. We love, for example, the ochre-yellow 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT with its beautifully contrasting red interior (est. 38,000–45,000 euros) and the jewel-like 1969 Alpine A110 fitted with the potent 1300 S engine (50,000–70,000 euros).
However, there’s one car that is holding our attention ransom and that’s the Lancia Delta Integrale HF Usine. A full-fat Works Martini Racing example, it entered the 1989 Marlboro Safari Rally (and was thus equipped as such), during which it retired with engine failure just before the finish. More exceptional is the fact that after the rally, it was sold and never touched or restored. It is presented exactly as it entered the rally, complete with the factory registration documents signed by Gianni Agnelli. Its estimate is on request, but we can think of several collectors who will no doubt be keeping a keen eye on this one when it crosses the block.