A practical Lancia Delta Integrale? Meet the Prisma
The Lancia Prisma Integrale fuses Group A rally car DNA with a comfortable family saloon in trademark Lancia style
There’s a certain animalistic desire to drive aggressive machinery, the likes of a Ford Mustang or Lamborghini Aventador, or a Lancia Delta Integrale HF rally car. They push us to the limit when we drive them to the limit, and in reality that makes them very impractical machines. So why not settle for a more reasonable equivalent, say a Delta Integrale HF that would be suitable for everyday use.
This 1986 Lancia Prisma Integrale in our classifieds is just the car you need, with the rallying heart of Lancia, including the four-wheel-drive system, and the luxuries of a family car. Torque is distributed slightly more to the front than the rear, at 56/44. After all, the kids in the back might not enjoy the back-end sliding involved if there was more power to the rear.
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Sporting a 2.0-litre engine, albeit without a turbo (which means no turbo lag either, at least), this unde-appreciated Prisma has covered only 48,000km (29,800 miles) since new. All engines, as the Lancia Delta, were treated by the engineers in Turin to a Weber twin-choke carburettor, a new inlet manifold, exhaust system and ignition. Since then, it has undergone a full cam belt service, and the engine is reported to pull very well.
The car may look a little boxy, but that was the fashion of the day, and its champagne metallic finish and brown velour interior makes you look very much like the aggressive mobster you pretend not to be. The history of this model isn’t quite as exciting though, having been kept in a French holiday home garage until 2009, when it was imported to the UK and kept in Berkshire. The county is best known for being home to Slough and Windsor, which are probably the most practical and least aggressive place in the country.
A history file contains service receipts and all original service books accompanies the car, and the vendor described it as being ‘a Delta with a boot – Prismas make for a very practical '80s classic enjoyment and in 4WD form it is even more desirable’. Practicality also equates into value for money, and the additional rarity of this car means it’s potentially undervalued with its asking price of £7500 ($9600, €8440). Guess that means there’s spare change for going rallying with it, then.
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In 1987, November, Lancia launched the first evolution of the Delta four-wheel drive: the Delta HF Integrale. It features a new version of the engine of 1995 cm3, with a whole series of changes: A new larger Garrett T3 turbocharger allows an increase of the air flow and a better perform. A new calibration of the overboost, increases the boost pressure to 1 bar and maximum torque of 31 kgm.
This Lancia Delta Integrale 8V was delivered to its first owner in Germany on the 25/02/88 making it one of the first 2500 cars built to homologate the Integrale for rallying. The car was rallied in Germany in the late 80’s and 90’s with 2 different owners before it came to the UK in 1998 where it has had one owner before me. I purchased the car in January 2017 and I have had recommissioning w