Lancia won the World Rally Championship every year from 1987 through to 1992 with its all-wheel drive Delta HF Integrale, making it one of the most successful rally cars ever built. In 1992, to mark the car’s success, it produced a limited-run of 310 ‘Martini 6’ editions, which were adorned with Martini racing decals and other model-exclusive features.
One of those rare Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 6’ edition cars will soon be sold at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Paris auction in February. Apart from the iconic Martini livery, all Martini 6 edition Delta Integrales featured teal Alcantara Recaro seats with red stitching and HF logos in the headrests. That’s where the differences ended, however, with the Martini cars featuring the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive system as the standard car.
The example set to be auctioned by RM is serial number 184 and was delivered to its first and only owner in Northern Italy in December of 1992. It remains in remarkably original condition, RM says, with the original set of keys, tool kit, and original radio. Even the original dealer delivery stickers remain in the rear window, a sure sign of its unmatched preservation.
According to Autoblog, this Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 6’ should fetch between €120,000 (about $131,000 USD) and €150,000 (about $163,700 USD) when it goes under the gavel next year. That may seem pricey for an aging Italian hatch, but make no mistake, that price is directly in line with other Martini-edition Deltas that have been sold in recent times.