1991 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 1 - July 1991 Pre-Production Model

There are things in life that reach a legendary status for various reasons.

The Lancia Delta Integrale, more than any other car, has reached this status partly because of its complete dominance of the rallying world for many successive years and partly because of the outraging looks of the Evoluzione models.

In October 1991 Lancia produced the first Evoluzione model, sometimes referred to as Deltona.
The car had a much wider body, different front suspension attachment points, longer suspension travel, additional air intakes, wider track, bigger front brakes with 4 pot aluminum calipers and a radiator to cool the power steering fluid among other minor changes.

The Delta Evoluzione was fitted with a 16V engine that had an output of 210Bhp (source http://rallycars.com)

20 years.... 20 years I waited and dreamed of having an Integrale....

In the mid 90's, the car was way too much expensive for me. Then in early 2000, I changed my mind and wanted an Audi RS2. I ended up with a M3 E36 :-)
Fast forward, in 2006 I left France to go to the US. In the US, you can only import a car (if not sold locally) if the car is 25 years old or more...
No offense to anyone, but my dream car was the Evo 2, just because of the look cool and bad attitude of those Recaro...
From the US, I was browsing, lurking, watching Integrale on car's websites. October 1991 was the data were Evo 1 were legally able to be imported in the US but quid of the Recaro?
Of course I could have bought a pair of Recaro SRD to install but it did not feel right...
Also finding an October 91 car is not an easy task.
But one summer in France, I found an ad for a July 91 Integrale EVO 1 pre production model with Evo2 parts installed (supposedly) from the factory back in the 90's....
That was a sign of the Gods, this car was clearly made for me!
You can read more about this car when it was for sale in summer: https://www.integralingham.com/evo-1-1-2

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