Europe gets all sorts of high performance compact cars that the United States doesn’t, but one of the most legendary hot hatchbacks of all time, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione I, is now legal for U.S. import as of 2016.
The U.S. allows the import of cars originally sold or registered abroad so long as the car is over 25 years of age. That means that each year, a whole new round of classics is made available to American car enthusiasts for import, and this year that included the Delta Integrale.
The Delta Integrale Evoluzione I was an updated version of the Delta Integrale 16V made to adhere to the FIA World Rally Championship’s homologation laws. It featured a 210 horsepower rurbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, which made it once high performance piece of kit when it debuted back in 1992.
Earlier this year RM Sotheby’s auctioned off a heart-achingly desirable 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 6’ edition, which sold for €134,400. We’re not sure who the buyer was, but if it wasn’t an American, it seems like a missed opportunity to bring a gleaming example of the rare 1 of 300 special edition car stateside and show it off to interested enthusiasts.