First registered in Turin as ‘TO34164H’ by FIAT Auto SpA on 22nd November 1988, this Lancia Delta Integrale was a works entry driven by local ace Vic Preston Jr in that year’s East African Safari Rally. Unfortunately, Vic had to retire the car with a broken gearbox having crashed off the road; his team-mate Miki Biasion, though, went on to win, his victory being Lancia’s first in this most challenging of international rallies.
This car’s next known outing was the 1989 Acropolis Rally (27th May to 1st June) where it was driven by the Argentine driver Jorge Recalde, finishing in 5th place. Jorge Recalde was the only Argentine winner of the Rally Argentina, doing so in 1988 driving a Lancia Delta Integrale and in the process becoming the only Argentine to win a World Rally Championship round. He died of a heart attack while competing in the Villa Dolores Rally in 2001.
FIAT sold the Integrale shortly after the Acropolis Rally (on 29th June 1989), its purchaser being Fingold SpA in Milan, a finance company. The Top Run rally team then took over the Integrale for the remainder of the 1989 season, entering Recalde in the Rally Australia (DNF, broken driveshaft, Special Stage 2); and the RAC Rally (15th overall). The Integrale was subsequently sold to a leasing company, Biella leasing SPA in Turin, in 1993 IT was sold on to Scuderia Valcamonica in Breno.
In 1996, a well-known rally collector of Cuneo, Italy bought the Integrale. The Integrale was in normal rally trim upon his purchase but it was supplied with Safari Rally parts in boxes. It was at this time the car was subject to a restoration, returning it to its Safari Rally configuration in the late 1990s, using the correct five-speed gearbox (a six-speeder was used for all other rallies). Apparently, the car was not used by the collector owner as he had many other historic rally cars to play with (Lancia S4, etc).
Sold to Scuderia Jolly Italia in 2010, the Integrale returned to its previous rally collector owner in 2013 and was sold to the current owner in Pavia early in 2019. Believed unused since circa 1996, the car is said to need some re-commissioning but nevertheless is described by the vendor as functioning well. A rare opportunity to acquire an ex-works example of this historic rally car possessing in-period World Championship history.