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Lagerlout

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1,793 posts

187 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Been a massive WRC fan for a long time, in particular the era dominated by Lancia with their six consecutive manufacturer titles. Over the last few months I've been lucky enough to grab two ex-Works cars. Kid in a sweetshop time for me!!

The first, Abarth SE045 ex-Juha Kankkunen 1990 16v subsequently converted to Deltona by CECOMP in 1992 and then raced by HF Grifone and others. Last raced in 2000 in the RAC rally, has raced in nearly 60 rallies that I'm aware of and has won six times including being run by Steve Smith of Walkers. The car is famous for the 1990 1000 Lakes where KKK snapped his throttle cable. There is the iconic shot of him sitting on the bonnet whilst his co-driver Piironen drove the car.

The car finished 5th in that rally, 4th in the San Remo with Dario Cerrato & Jolly Club, and then finally 10th with Robert Droogmans in the RAC of the same year. The car also won the Rally Valeo in 1990 with Cerrato. The car continued to race in Italy post conversion to Deltona winning 3 in close succession with Ludivico Fassitelli winning the championship and final race of the season at Bassano. Fassitelli went on to found Stilo Helmets.

The car was extensively driven in the famous black & gold of HF Grifone with drivers like Fabrizio Tabaton, Gilberto Pianezzola and Piero Longhi. Was exported to England at the end of 1994 by Walkers and continued to compete until 2005. The car is currently having some work done to him including being put back to Marlboro colours initially, the first livery the car ran after conversion to Deltona. Eventually the car will return to it's black & gold HF Grifone colours.




My second Delta, Abarth SE050, ex-Didier Auriol 1992 Deltona (Evolution) was raced three times in the WRC in 1992, winning twice, at the 1000 Lakes Rally & Australia. Finished 10th at Catalunya a result that effectively ending Auriol's chance of winning his first WRC. The car won 2 of the six races Auriol won in 92, a world record at the time that stood for another 13 years until Loeb beat it. The car was then run by Jolly Club in 1993 and driven mainly by Dario Cerrato continuing in Martini colours. After that it raced in Hungary for a time winning multiple races before being acquired by a private collector who continued to race it non-competitively until 1998. More recently the car has been at Shelsey Walsh hillclimb and on display at the FoS.






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Croutons

4,514 posts

117 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Wow, wow, and wow again!

Krikkit

17,589 posts

132 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Tiny title, big delivery! Awesome. biggrin

castex

4,516 posts

224 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Not too shabby. smile

Kitchski

6,210 posts

182 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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You really need to work on your thread titles.

wst

3,329 posts

112 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Do/will these two see the public highway ever again or are they going to live a luxurious life on a trailer between events?

superkarl

60 posts

88 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Kitchski said:
You really need to work on your thread titles.
We’re you expecting a Vauxhall corsa?

‘Delta’
Therein, 2 deltas

LaurasOtherHalf

16,492 posts

147 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Superb!

scottos

478 posts

75 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Not what i was expecting at all haha awesome!

I help out at a competition engine builders approx 6 miles from Walkers garage, we get some tasty lancia engines in!

Gary29

2,739 posts

50 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Need more pictures, lots and lots of pictures!

Quickmoose

3,947 posts

74 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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yes yes yes, but are you really happy......

joshcowin

3,396 posts

127 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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What are your plans for the cars?

Must feel amazing owning 2 iconic cars, congrats!!

Kitchski

6,210 posts

182 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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superkarl said:
We’re you expecting a Vauxhall corsa?

‘Delta’
Therein, 2 deltas
Nope, I was expecting a flying triangle.

edit to add: A Vulcan bomber would have been about the only way the thread could have been cooler, in fairness. Well done OP.

Edited by Kitchski on Friday 10th November 09:49

Unexpected Item In The Bagging Area

6,115 posts

140 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Hmm, not bad!

Well one for buying these wonderful cars, they're iconic for those of us who watched the WRC in those days. How did you come to purchase them? And what are they like to drive?

Greendubber

8,825 posts

154 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Awesome!

Tankrizzo

5,414 posts

144 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Holy st, that is some provenance.

S100HP

10,767 posts

118 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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winning

Rocket.

1,093 posts

200 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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S100HP said:
winning
+1

Owned an Evo 1 in the late 90's fragile as a very fragile thing... but just an amazing road car once chipped to 280 hp, and steering feel to rival any Lotus. Can only imagine what a works rally version must be like

Richair

1,021 posts

148 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Wow!!! Dream garage stuff OP; I've always wondered how much the factory prepped cars differ from the road cars, substantially I would imagine? (particularly I wonder what they did with the gearbox, as they've not been known for their durability...). More pics please!!! smile

Max_Torque

14,593 posts

168 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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OP, do you mind if i ask what those Deltas are worth? Considering a std road spec one if heading upwards in value every day, with that history they must be extremely collectable!


( i owned a winner red EVO 1 delta for 5 years back in the late 1990's ;-)