Buyers Guide to:
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1987 to 1991
Lancia Motor Club UK
Lancia already had a four-wheel drive, turbocharged Delta model in their range but the launch of the Integrale in November 1987 would take things a step further. Intended to achieve success in world rallying, the new model certainly looked the part with blistered wheel arches and a sporty Alcantara-trimmed cabin. Powered by a 185bhp 2.0-litre engine fitted with a Garrett T3 turbocharger, performance was impressive while the viscous-coupled four-wheel drive system ensured security in all weathers. And thanks to revised suspension, the sharp handling ensured drivers could make full use of the power on offer. May 1989 saw a 16-valve model appear with 200bhp, and all models were left-hand drive although some were converted to right-hand drive. The Evoluzione models that took over in 1991 boasted more power and muscular bodywork.
- 1. Front wings and wheel arches
- 2. A-pillars and around windscreen
- 3. Door bottoms
- 4. Rear wheel arches
- 5. Rear of the roof panel
- 6. Tailgate edges
- Carefully for rust as it not only affects the hotspots listed but can also af ict the panels behind the front and rear bumpers, inner wheel arches, and front scuttle
- For any signs of accident damage. The high performance nature of these cars means it’s a real possibility so a history check is strongly advised
- The panels for dents. The metal was on the thin side and picking up minor dings is annoyingly easy
- Underneath as rot can affect the floor pan and jacking points
- That the engine has been properly maintained by a specialist. Cam belt changes should have been done at around 36,000 miles on the 8-valve engine, while exhaust smoke is a worry and not an issue to ignore. Mis res and engine management issues aren’t uncommon, either, so ensure the engine runs cleanly
- The oil level is up to the correct mark. The engines can burn a little in normal use, and allowing it to run low will have disastrous consequences
- There’s no sign of overheating which will quickly do for the head gasket. Water pumps can leak, too, so ask about recent replacement
- Whether the turbocharger has been replaced. Cars that have covered around 100,000 miles on the original item can suffer from a loss of power as the turbine wears
- Whether the example you’re looking at has been modi ed for extra power. It can compromise reliability unless done properly so tread carefully
- For worn synchromesh or a baggy gear shift as overhauling the gearbox is costly. And avoid any cars that exhibit clunks or groans from the four- wheel drive system. Clutches generally don’t last beyond 60,000 miles so ensure it’s not slipping or juddering
- The brakes and suspension for wear. Suspension bushes will generally need replacing at around the 50,000 mile mark and while an overhaul isn’t especially dif cult the costs will soon add up
- Whether stiffer, aftermarket suspension has been fitted. The added stiffness can lead to cracks in the bodyshell
- For uneven tyre wear. It points to wheel alignment issues which could just be worn suspension or, worse still, evidence that an impact has taken place in the past
- The condition of the seats and interior trim.
- The side bolsters on the seats can wear through while the flimsy plastics are easily damaged and sourcing replacements isn’t always easy. And be sure to check all of the electrics as malfunctions are common and can be irritatingly time- consuming to cure
- Whether a right-hand drive conversion has been done properly. All original Integrales were left-hand drive so you’ll want to be absolutely certain about how well the work was done; bear in mind that a slower-geared steering rack would have been fitted which affects the driving experience. Get a specialist inspection if you’ve any doubts
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