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Rally-bred Lancias spice RM Sotheby’s Essen docket


RM Sotheby’s stages its first collector car auction at the Techno-Classics show in Essen, Germany, from April 11-12 and has announced the docket for that sale will include several Lancias from “a golden age of rally sport.”

“These road-going Lancia rally cars have become iconic within the collector car community,” said Maarten ten Holder, RM Sotheby’s head of European sales and its chief auctioneer. 

Lancia, Rally-bred Lancias spice RM Sotheby’s Essen docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
Fewer than 500 of these 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradales were produced

“These cars are not commonplace within the market,” he added. “Each car is offered in fantastic condition and buyers can look forward to enjoying the incredible driving experience they offer. 

 “The Essen sale has been curated with a diverse selection of cars on offer, many of which are highly sought-after within the German market, and we are looking forward to our first ever sale on German soil.”

RM Sotheby’s said it will offer a docket in Germany of more than 200 vehicles. 

The lineup of Lancia’s includes:

A 1985 Delta S4 Stradale, “Manufactured as a Group B rally car, the Delta S4 was made by Lancia with the intention of replacing the outgoing 037, raced by Lancia in the early 1980s. The Delta S4 lived up to the reputation of its predecessor with a number of Group B wins, while the rally class homologation requirements led Lancia to build 200 road-going versions of the car, paving the way for the Stradale version, literally translated from Italian as ‘road going’. 

“The Delta S4 on offer in Essen is a highly original example of the legendary Italian rally car, showing less than 2,200 km from new and complete with original owner’s manuals and toolkit.”

RM Sotheby’s added that the car’s pre-auction estimated value is €450.000 to  €550.000 ($512,145 to $625,950).

A 1975 Stratos HF Stradale, “one of only 492 produced as a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive race and rally car. Lancia dominated the World Rally Championship with the futuristic looking Stratos HF Stradale, finishing every season in first place from 1974 to 1976, and winning subsequent races until the car was retired in the early-1980s. 

“Presented in unrestored, original condition, it was originally delivered to Guido Bignardi in Sicily. A member of a prominent Italian rallying family, the car remained with him for three decades before passing through just one more owner ahead of the consignor. Estimate: €480.000 to €520.000 ($546,290 to $591,810). 

Lancia, Rally-bred Lancias spice RM Sotheby’s Essen docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
1984 037 Stradale

A 1984 Lancia 037 Stradale, “another stunning and purposeful rally legend built to comply with homologation standards of ’80s rally sport. Also delivered new to a member of the Bignardi family, the 037 was kept by its first owner until 2005 before being purchased by its third and current owner in 2015. Presented in exceptionally well-preserved condition and showing just 3,500 km from new, this is surely one of the lowest mileage examples available. Estimate: €350.000 to €400.000 ($398,335 to $455,240).

Lancia, Rally-bred Lancias spice RM Sotheby’s Essen docket, ClassicCars.com Journal
1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2

A 1974 Lancia Fulvia and 1970 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF ‘Fanalone’ complete the Lancia motorsport line-up, RM Sotheby’s said, adding, however, that the Lancias do not complete the rally car theme.

It continues with a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 from the Youngtimer Collection, which will present 85 cars on the Essen docket.

RM Sotheby’s said it was adding Essen to a European sale lineup that includes Paris, Monaco, Ville Erbe and London because of an “especially strong” collector car market in Germany.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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