1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 'Martini 5'
- One of 400 special-edition HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 5s’ celebrating Lancia’s fifth consecutive World Rally Championship
- Delivered new to Italy
- Recent extensive restoration including significant performance upgrades
- A car to be used and enjoyed
- Accompanied by its rare original 15-inch wheels and tyres
The Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 5’
In vanquishing the competition to dominate the World Rally Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Lancia Delta HF was quick to cement its ‘future-classic’ status.
But in more recent times, the boxy homologation special has garnered a cult following among the Instagram generation thanks to Eugenio Amos’ wild restomod version, the Futurista.
When Lancia won its fifth consecutive constructors’ World Rally Championship in 1992, it celebrated the extraordinary achievement with a special edition of the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 billed the ‘Martini 5’.
Just 400 individually numbered cars were produced. They differed from their ‘regular’ production counterparts in numerous ways, not least the signature Martini stripes running down the sides, the Recaro seats trimmed in grey Alcantara with contrasting red stitching and seatbelts, and the World Rally Champion badges on the tail.
This Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 5’
As the special plaque mounted just below the gear stick denotes, this Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 ‘Martini 5’ is the 54th of the 400 examples produced. It was delivered new to Italy, though later was sold to a Brit based in Spain.
In 2012, having covered 80,000km, the car’s subsequent Marbella-based owner commissioned Cronique Esport to carry out an extensive restoration. Cracks and corrosion on the body were addressed, before it was repainted and adorned with new correct-type Martini stickers and refinished badges.
In addition to a full rebuild, the engine received a plethora of upgrades, including sportier camshafts and a larger turbo, the latter of which can be manually adjusted with via a switch in the cabin. Crucially, the Delta was properly tuned on a rolling road.
Its current power output was noted as 292bhp, almost 100bhp more than the standard car and getting on for that of the Integrale’s World Rally variants!
A stainless-steel exhaust system was also fitted, which we can confirm sounds deliciously raspy. Other works included the replacement of the brake discs and pads, refurbishment of the 16-inch wheels (the original 15-inch wheels are supplied with the car), and the fitment of sports adjustable dampers at each corner.
Since its restoration, this Lancia was sparingly used by its Spanish owner who, in 2014, had it registered in Spain. There are several further invoices on file, confirming that it has been properly cared for throughout its entire life. As of 2019, before it was sold to its current owner, the mileage was noted at 105,716km. It’s covered fewer than 1,000 further miles since then.
Throughout the course of this Delta’s life, the car has been used as it was intended and bestowed with love and professional care.
Its restoration and upgrades mean this Lancia delivers the thrills of a box-fresh Delta HF Integrale Evo I, but with welcome added oomph. It makes all the right noises, too – buzzes and whooshes galore. We sincerely hope its new owner continues to enjoy what this rare and unique homologation special has to offer and, of course, fly the flag for the ever-increasing Make Lancia Great Again movement.
List of performance upgrades
- Sportier camshafts
- Enlarged and manually adjustable turbocharger
- Upgraded Engine Control Unit
- Powerflex front wishbone bushes
- Powerflex rear axle and anti-roll bar bushes
- Sports brake discs and pads
- Enlarged 16-inch wheels and tyres
- Sports adjustable dampers
- Stainless-steel sports exhaust system
- Front-axle reinforcement bars
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