We’ve seen Ferraris that have been treated with less care than this 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II. That may come as a surprise but the Evo II specification, introduced in 1993, came with an updated version of the two-litre, 16-valve turbo engine which in this case has been upgraded to offer 240bhp by way of a Walkers stage one tune. Thanks to this rarity, the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II has lived under the ownership of collectors for its whole life.

Living in collectors’ garages means pampering and, just like us, pampered cars retain their good looks for much longer. At 25 years old, this machine is in strikingly good condition. Along with the engine revamp, the aesthetics have been tended to in the form of 16” light alloy rims with new tyres and body-colour roof moulding to emphasise a connection between solar-tinted windows and roof.

Swing open the door of this Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II to find a plush, leather-covered interior in new condition. Two Recaro seats up front combine with the three-spoked leather Momo steering wheel to hark back to the Lancia’s original purpose: to race.

It doesn’t display it, but this car comes with a long and exciting history, just check the books. Even during its stint in Brussels between 1996 and 2000, owners have upgraded and recorded each upgrade meticulously. Timing belt changes have occurred at every interval and the car has a fail-free MOT history for the last 13 years running. Reliable, race-worthy, and getting towards retro, this Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II is a hard find.

Get behind the wheel for £49,950, find more information at Duke of London.

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