Street Parked: Florence Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16v

Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v

You find the most interesting things in Florence

On a recent trip to Florence, Italy, I was strolling along the Arno river, just past the Ponte Vecchio, and happened upon this rally gem.

Think the Prius and Polo know what they're parked by?

Parked just outside the Galileo Museum

This car is a 1989 or 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16v.  The Integrale doesn’t just have a long name, it also has a storied and very successful career in rally.  This car was built and sold to the public to homologate a rally version that won Group A championships at the hands of: Juha Kankkunen, Miki Biasion, and Didier Auriol.

Box flares make everything awesome

Is that a bulge on your hood?

Beneath its bulging hood, this Integrale is powered by a two liter turbocharged engine producing 200hp through all wheel drive.  From today’s perspective those figures aren’t that impressive.  However, this car isn’t as portly as a modern car, this car will sprint to 60 in less than six seconds and scamper through curves with ease.

Hatchy goodness

Plenty of room for vino!

While my travel companions thought it was a somewhat ordinary looking little car, I was shocked to see it and was nearly hit by 37 scooters as I trotted across the street to see if this really was a Delta Integrale.  I was a little surprised by how small it is; see how much shorter it is than the Prius next to it?  I shouldn’t be surprised, the Delta is built on a modernized Fiat Ritmo platform.  (Those of you not familiar with the Ritmo will have to take my word that it’s a little boxy Fiat.)

Some rally fan's daily driver?

Interesting seat covers.

While I was gobsmacked by this car, it is clearly seeing regular duty as a rally fan’s daily driver.  This makes me very happy as I’d drive this car every day if it were mine.  Anyone can have a WRX, it takes a special level of masochism enthusiasm to drive a car like this.

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