Today Lancia is barely a car company, with its only model being the Fiat 500-based Ypsilon. But its cars like the one you see above, the 1987 Lancia 037, that have solidified the brand as a purveyor of some of the world’s best enthusiast cars.
The 037 came about as Lancia looked to replace their successful Stratos HF rally car with a new World Rally Championship competitor. The automaker called upon Fiat tuning brand Abarth for their help in creating their new rally machine, along with Ferrari designers Pininfarina and racing constructors Dallara, and the mid-engine racer was ready to go for the 1982 Costa Smeralda rally in Italy.
FIA homologation rules at the time forced automakers to produce a certain number of road cars based on their rally cars if they wished to go racing. This resulted in some truly bonkers road-going rally cars, but few were as insane as the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2.0-liter supercharged 037.
This highly original 037, chassis number 063, is one of just 207 road-going 037s ever built. It has travelled just 33,000 kilometers in its 34 years of life, which RM describes as “careful use.” It was was serviced by Lancia rally experts Mauro Rally Tuning in Milan two years ago and has been driven just 200 miles since.
Click here for additional information and photos of this 037 before it hits the auction block in RM’s Monaco auction next month.