The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of the Italian manufacturer’s most loved and recognizable models, mostly due to its success on the Group A rally circuit. You may be surprised to learn, then, that the Delta Integrale also served as the basis for one of Lancia’s least talked about cars, the Hyena coupe.
The Lancia Hyena came to be when Dutch car importer Paul Koot approached the automaker about making a limited-run two-door coupe based on the Delta Integrale. They rejected the proposal, but Koot then turned to Italian coachbuilding firm Zagato, who immediately agreed to take the project on.
Zagato’s Hyena debuted at the 1992 Brussels Motor Show where the coachbuilding firm announced it would produce a run of 75 cars. Only 24 cars ever left the factory, however, and one of those rare specimens is set to cross the auction block at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in Paris next month.
The example to be sold is painted in an attention-grabbing Zagato Green shade and has traveled just 7,000 km. Like all Hyenas, it is powered by the Delta Integrale’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and features a 5-speed manual transmission. Thanks to an additional 45 horsepower (for a total of 250 horsepower) and 200 kg in weight savings over the Delta Integrale, the Hyena was faster from 0-62 mph, clocking in at just 5.4 seconds.
Pre-sale estimates place the value of this Hyena at £220,000-260,000 (about $238,000-$281,000). Click here to read the full listing from Artcurial.