AU­TO­MO­BILIA Col­lectible Mod­els / Life­style / Book and DVD Re­views — edited by James Black WIN

A Scalex­tric Lan­cia Delta S4

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This month, we’re on a bit of Lan­cia ben­der and, more specif­i­cally, that mar­que’s rally-win­ning Delta S4. Th­ese Group B rally cars, an evo­lu­tion of the Lan­cia 037 and, more of­ten than not, seen sport­ing dis­tinc­tive Mar­tini liv­ery, fea­tured a su­per­charged and tur­bocharged four-banger mo­tor. At the peak of the S4’s de­vel­op­ment, it was ru­moured that the en­gine packed a hefty 417kw punch. Of course, the Group B rally cars with their over-the-top dis­plays of prodi­gious power couldn’t last, and, fol­low­ing a se­ries of ma­jor ac­ci­dents, the cat­e­gory was banned by the FIA in 1985. How­ever, while it lasted, there was plenty of ac­tion to be seen on the world’s rally stages, and, of course, gen­uine Delta S4s — like other Group B rally cars such as the MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200, and Peu­geot 205 T16 — are now highly val­ued mo­tor sport col­lectibles.

First up, let’s take a look at the two Delta S4s that have re­cently been added to Autoart’s Sig­na­ture range of 1:18 die-cast mod­els.

The Delta car­ry­ing Mar­tini liv­ery is mod­elled on the car that Miki Bi­a­sion and Tiziano Siviero drove to vic­tory on the sixth Marl­boro Rally Ar­gentina of 1986. The un­adorned model rep­re­sents, of course, the Delta S4 Stradale. Two hun­dred of th­ese road-go­ing S4s were built for ho­molo­ga­tion pur­poses be­tween 1985 and 1986. Al­though not as pow­er­ful as its ral­ly­ing brother, the S4 Stradale was re­put­edly good for a top speed of around 225kph and ca­pa­ble of de­mol­ish­ing the bench­mark sprint from 0 to 96kph in just six sec­onds — very im­pres­sive for the mid ’80s. Both of th­ese mod­els are beau­ti­fully de­tailed — pop­ping open the S4’s rear cover re­veals a very ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Lan­cia’s po­tent, mid-mounted en­gine, but, for those who seek true au­then­tic­ity, AUTOART also makes a ‘dirty’ ver­sion of the S4 — a mud-spat­tered car that truly evokes the spirit of ral­ly­ing.

A lit­tle smaller than the AUTOART mod­els, we’re also fea­tur­ing a Scalex­tric Delta S4 mod­elled on the car cam­paigned by Dario Cer­rato and Giuseppe Cerri on the 1986 Ral­lye San­remo. This pair­ing fin­ished in se­cond place, just 30 sec­onds be­hind Markku Alén’s win­ning Delta S4 team car.

To get a chance to win one our fea­tured Scalex­tric Lan­cia Delta S4 — as sup­plied by the good guys at Toymod Ltd, the New Zealand Scalex­tric dis­trib­u­tor — just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion.

The driv­ing part­ner­ship of Dario Cer­rato and Giuseppe Cerri lasted for many years, and their names would be­come firmly linked to one fa­mous Ital­ian rac­ing team. Can you name that team? To en­ter this com­pe­ti­tion, head to clas­s­ic­car. co.nz/com­pe­ti­tions — com­pe­ti­tion closes Fe­bru­ary 15, 2016.

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