Test­ing, test­ing, 1-2-3…

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Our Classics - Keith Adams editor

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.

www.clas­sic­s­cen­tral.co.uk

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!

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