Testing, testing, 1-2-3…
1988 laNCia delta hf iNteGrale
oWNed siNCe October 2012
MileaGe siNCe last rePort 25
total MileaGe 90,000 latest Costs £50 (MoT)
Months of Lancia Integrale inactivity have finally come to an end. After vaguely telling people the car is for sale, and hoping a generous cash offer drops into my lap, I’ve decided that if I’m actually going to sell it, I’m going to have to get proactive. A chance chat with Justin Lazic, boss of auction house Classics Central, was enough to kick me into action.
He suggested that if I were looking to find a buyer for my original – and still very nice – Integrale, perhaps I should enter it into his 28 February classic car auction.
I must admit that although I’ve bought cars from auction, and reported on countless others through the years, I’ve never actually sold one this way. Cue me agreeing to getting it onto the auction circuit to see what it would go for.
In order to get it ready for sale, I’d need to pull it out of storage and check it over. Who better to look at it than my old mate and Lancia expert Ken Perrin, who now runs Burton Latimer’s CityCall Garage (01536 723465)?
After releasing it from the grip of products editor Richard Kilpatrick’s place, we topped up the fluids, checked the tyres were OK and fired it up for the trip across country. Oh boy, it was good to get behind the wheel of this car and drive it as God intended: quickly.
By the time I’d turned up at CityCall, I was smitten again and wondering why the heck I’d ever want to sell this thing. But needs must – so with a heavy heart I handed it over to a smiling Ken, who promised to look after it and give it
anything it needed to get through the MoT. Later that day, he called me to say that the car had passed and that there weren’t any problems to worry about. Very, very welcome news.
So the next stop is the Classic Central auction in Bedford on 28 February. Come and bid on the car, and say hello while you’re doing so.
Checking the front wheel bearings threw up no nasty surprises. So it shouldn’t – it doesn’t get used often. A common Delta sticking point is the relay tower in the front wing. This time, it’s good, so everything works. No horrors to be found underneath what has been Keith Adams’ most reliable classic car ever.
The headlamp alignment is spot on – for a change!