1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally (1985)

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Campaigned by both Lancia and Jolly Club in the iconic Martini livery2nd overall at the 1985 Lombard RAC Rally1st overall at the 1986 Halkidiki RallyAmongst the most desirable examples of the Delta S4 rally carFully documented and certified by Abarth Classiche

Chassis 207 was first campaigned in the final round of the 1985 World Rally Championship under the famous Lancia Martini banner. Competed by noted Finnish drivers Markku Alén and Ilkka Kivimäki, chassis 207 finished an impressive 2nd overall at the Lombard RAC Rally, separated by less than 60 seconds from the winners after 63 stages and 880 kilometers.

In 1986 the Delta S4 rejoined the Group B action in the European Rally Championship. Still finished in Martini livery but entered by Jolly Club, it first appeared at the Ypres 24 Hour Rally in Belgium driven by Fabrizio Tabaton and Luciano Tedeschini. Unfortunately, an accident shortened their race and the S4 did not finish. The Lancia next appeared at the Halkidiki Rally in Greece, now with Scuderia Griffone and finished in the Esso Black-Gold livery. Again driven by Tabaton and Tedeschini, chassis 207 finished 1st overall, taking home its first victory. Tabaton and Tedeschini finished the season at the Rallye d’Antibes in France where unfortunately they were forced to retire due to mechanical issues.

Chassis 207 continued its competition career throughout 1987 and ’88, where it was driven by Gian Battista Rosella in the European Autocross Championship before being retired from official competition.

With a clear chain of ownership up to the current owner, a racing pedigree from the ultimate period of the Group B Rally Championship, and Abarth Classiche certification, chassis 207 ranks among the finest examples of these legendary machines that is currently available for acquisition.To view this car and others currently available, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/home/private-treaty-sales/.

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  • Year: 1985
  • First registered: 1985

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