Restomod Lancia Integrale to debut at Grand Basel
Lancia Delta Integrale restomod project that aims to be for Lancia what Singer is to Porsche is set for world debut at Grand Basel after postponed Villa d'Este launch
A new Lancia Delta Integrale restomod project by Automobili Amos will spearhead a line-up of over 100 classic vehicles at Grand Basel’s debut show from September 6-9, joined by historic Formula 1 machinery and other iconic collector cars.
Automobili Amos has a self-stated goal of becoming to Lancia what Singer Vehicle Design is to Porsche. It’s a lofty ambition for the small engineering firm founded by racing driver Eugenio Amos, as Singer is prolific for its painstakingly restored and modified Porsches like the DLS, developed in conjunction with Williams.
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A similar approach has been taken to Automobili Amos’ first project, the ‘Integrale Speciale’, which is making its world premiere at Grand Basel.
Each example takes four months to build and replaces over 1000 components with brand new equivalents, with aluminium and carbon fibre introduced to the Delta’s body panels to reduce weight.
Amos will also be fitting a new engine to each example, paired with redesigned geometry to radically alter the driving experience from understeer-prone to being more likely to oversteer.
Those afraid sought after Delta examples like the Evoluzione might get taken apart and rebuilt to facilitate Amos’ plans need not worry however, as only standard Delta Integrale 16V editions will be used as donor cars.
Also present at Grand Basel will be a Benetton B194 raced by Michael Schumacher during the 1994 F1 season, infamous for a last-round collision with Damon Hill. The B194 was notable for an inability for anyone other than Schumacher to produce a race-winning performance from it, along with accusations of illegal traction control.
It was similarly infamous for an incident in which the B194 of Jos Verstappen, father of current F1 front-runner Max Verstappen, spectacularly caught fire at Hockenheim whilst being refuelled during a pit stop.
Exhibition attendees looking for something a little more refined are also catered for. A highly unusual Pegaso Z-102 Series II Cabriolet, one of only 18 built with Saoutchik coachwork, is one of many classic collector cars on display.
Launching in 1953 before the Saoutchik version’s debut one year later at the 1954 San Remo Concours d’Elegance, Pegaso’s Z-102 was a stark change of pace from a company known for making trucks and buses prior to its launch.
Fitted with a bespoke V8 engine designed by former Alfa Romeo chief engineer Wilfredo Ricart, it was briefly the fastest production car in the world after launch, amassing a production total of 90 when factoring in versions bodied by Carrozzeria Touring, Enasa and Pegaso themselves.
Two special Ferraris will also feature during Grand Basel’s opening show. A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta driven by Il Commendatore himself will be on display, chassis 2111GT being used regularly during 1961 by Enzo Ferrari as a prototype model.
Joining its elder cousin is a unique Ferrari P38 Speciale, developed by Maranello’s Special Projects division for ultra-wealthy clients. Though based on a standard 488 GTB underneath, Ferrari developed a completely new body for the P38, taking strong styling cues from their F40 supercar of the 1990s.
Italian racing driver Piero Dusio’s Pinin Farina-bodied Cisitalia 202 SC will also feature, discovered previously as a ‘barn find’ and restored to concours condition. So too will other historic racing vehicles including a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato and 1956 Porsche 550 1500 RS Spyder.
Benetton B194 image courtesy of Motorsport Images
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