1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1992
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    ZLA831AB000579197
  • Engine number 
    1427360
  • Lot number 
    410
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Zagato-developedCoupebased onthe chassis, power unit anddrive train from the Integrale HF Evoluzione II1,995 cc inline 4-cylinder, 16v, 250bhp engine, Garrett turbocharger, 5-speed manual, ABS and4WDUnique Zagatodouble-bubble, aluminium bodywork. Bespoke Carbon interior. 120kg lighter than an IntegraleConceived byDutchmanPaul V.J Koot. Very limited production. This is number nineof 24Only three keepers (tworegistered owners) and 9,500km from new. Left-hand drive. Recently arrived from GermanyLast serviced by Paul Koot, October 2018 at 8,800kmHomologation papers, service invoices, original sales brochure and magazine road testDeveloped from a humble but sharp-suited five-door hatchback, the Lancia Delta spawned several performance derivatives and with the adoptionof four-wheel drive and turbocharging, the Delta became a very accomplished competition cardominating the World Rally Championships in the late 1980's. With distinctively flared arches to accommodate the ever-increasing track, the Evoluzione began production in 1991 to meet with homologation requirements laid down by the FIA.The engine, although technically the same as the earlier 16V cars, was remapped to give 210bhp at 5750rpm in order to compensate for the slight increase in weight and larger frontal area. These developments were aimed at improving the handling potential of the car and it worked, with the new Integrale being considerably quicker over rally stages on both asphalt and gravel.In production for many years, the Delta HF Integrale was highly regarded, commercially successful and even today is recognised as one of Lancia's landmark cars, however, as is the way of these things, there is always somebody who feels they could have done a better job. One such wasa well-funded classic car builder and collector by the name of Paul V.J Koot. Although totally enamoured with his Integrale Evo, the Dutchman decided that the somewhat cubic little hatchback would be infinitely more desirable as a Coupeand produced a series of sketches illustrating his vision. He approached legendarycoach builders Zagato with his concept which retained the chassis, power unit, drive train and dynamic abilities of the Evo clothed with a pretty, wheel-at-each-corner Coupe. They were enthusiastic andaccepted the challenge and the first prototype, incorporating a number of traditional Zagato styling cues including the 'double-bubble' roof, was unveiled in 1992.The new car, now christened Hyenawas well received and thedecision was soon made to put itinto limited production, but when Fiat heard of this they made their feelings very clear. They refused to have any involvement in the project at all, declining to supply Zagato with bare chassisto build their new creation.But Koot was undeterred.Instead of having the chassis supplied by Fiat (Lancia), Koot went out and privately purchased fully finished HF Integrales by himself, had them stripped to a bare shell, before sending them to Zagato in Milan to have the newly developed bodies built for final assembly.To Zagatos credit, the bodywork wascompletely handmade from aluminium and the interior featured a new dashboard, console and door skins made from carbon fibre. Thisuse of lightweight materials meant that the new Hyena weighed in at an impressive 120kg lighter than an Integrale.They also squeezed a bit more power from the engine, increasing output to 250hp (184 kW) achieving 100km/h in 5.4 seconds.Originally a run of 75 Hyenas was planned, but only 24 were ever completed between 1992 and 1993, possibly as a result ofa price tag of 140,000 Swiss Francs,as much as a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera at the time.The car on offer here today is Number 9/24 and is based on a 1993 Integrale HF Evoluzione IIalthough it was first registered on 15/09/92 presumably to avoid the forthcoming catalytic convertor requirements. It's finished in a special order green metallicwith a mainly black interior lifted with light tan leather seating. Its first owner lived in Luxembourg and kept the car until March 2005 at which point it had covered some 6,000km. The 1,000km inspection was carried out by Paul Koot. The car's second owner was a Mr Jef van Hoot in Holland who was a Lancia collector and rally driver and he added a further 2,800km over the next 13 years. He also sent the car back to Paul Koot in 2018 for a full service.Since 09/10/2018, the car has been in the care of a knowledgeable classic car collectorin Germanywho has added a set ofOZ alloy wheels (17 x 5) fitted with new tyres (original wheels and tyres are available). It's offered with both sets of keys, homologation papers, service and maintenance invoices, MOT (equivalent) Certificates, original sales brochureand a Car Magazine road test. The car is in remarkable condition, we are not legally allowed to say 'as good as new' but if we were, we would.These cars hardly evercome to market so this is a wonderfulopportunity to acquire a very rare car that combines the driving pleasure of a low-mileage 'EVO II' with the distinctive looks of a Zagato Coupe.mediumVideo of the Lancia Hyena Zagato