from the classifieds: lancia delta integrale evo martini 5
why a few stripes and a badge double the value of this evo
One of 400 'Martini 5' Integrale specials made to celebrate Lancia's fifth successive WRC Constructors' title is up for grabs in West Yorkshire.
Lancia won both the constructors' and drivers' titles in 1991, with Juha Kankkunen taking individual honours for the Martini-sponsored works team. There was a final constructors' title for Lancia in 1992 - for which the Martini 6 special was produced - but the Finn's crown was to be the last for a Lancia driver.
Martini 5s are based on the Delta Integrale Evo 1, which means 210bhp, no catalytic converter and what now seem like impossibly dinky 15in wheels. Along with the Martini stripes, they have a black rear spoiler, black bonnet louvres and that all-important 'World Rally Champion 5' badge on the tailgate. Inside, there's black Alcantara upholstery with red stitching and kinky red seat belts.
This particular car has 29,000 miles to its name (albeit the odo reads in kms like all Evos) and has been recently serviced by Walkers Garage in North Yorkshire, one of the UK's foremost Integrale specialists.
While you can pick up a decent Evo 1 for £35,000-£40,000, this car is for sale by WR Cars in Bradford for £84,995. Another Martini 5 with - believe it or not - delivery mileage was sold by Silverstone Auctions in February for £106,875, so the asking price may not be as crazy as it seems. It's a little odd that it's listed as a 1993 car when the Martini 5s were built in 1992, but a quick call to Fiat UK with the chassis number will confirm its provenance.
For a lucky buyer, it's a chance to own one of the most sought-after Integrales... and to drive a car with Martini livery on the road without looking like a massive radge.
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