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Lancia Delta Integrale


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1. Integrale bloodline 2. The HF4WD Evolves3. Integrale -Addressing the HF4WDs problem areas.4. Integrale - keeping up appearances.5. Eight more valves - enough?6. 1992 - Piling up the Trophies7. Final Act - The king is dead! Long live the king!8. Lancia Delta HF Integrale - the Special Editions, Colours, Concepts and Prototypes.9. Buying and Driving - Happiness or Heartbreak10. Integrales in action todayProduction statisticsIndex

About the Author

Born in London, Peter Collins has been a motoring writer and photographer for over 20 years. He has a lifelong interest in motorsport and racing history, and has been attending events worldwide since 1965. Co-founder and now editor-at-large of Auto Italia magazine, he also contributes to other European and American publications and websites, and has recently become European editor of the website Retrospeed. Peter lives in south London with his wife, Liz, and cat, Teddy. He travels extensively throughout the year, covering motoring events of all disciplines and maintaining his close ties with motorsport.


On of the country's leading automotive publishers, Veloce, has developed a sound reputation for the quality of its books and list of first-rate authors. Peter Collins is a case in point and his role as editor-at-large of Auto Italia Magazine certainly qualifies him as a solid resource for one of the more charismatics and now collectable Lancia models ever sold. Although the car's primary aim, when it was introduced in the early-1980s, was to contest the World Rally Championship, a specific number of road-going examples of the Delta Integrale had to be produced to satisfy the demands of vehicle homologation, which made it legal to rally. Although its design originated int he early-1970s, competition success eluded it until almost twenty years later. As a compact hatchback, it packed a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and 4WD into its tightly blistered dimensions. Fortunately, the book highlights the development of Lancia and the Delta, from initial Ital Design concept, to ultimate hot hatch development, reflecting on the personalities and drivers that gave the car its marketplace. Although conceived initially as an Italian rival to the VW Golf, it is clear that Latin passions, ignited invariably by competition suddens, would carry the Delta Integrale to fresh peaks. Today, the car is a collector's delight and mint originals fetch strong money, while competition alternatives continue to set higher bars on the value front. Highly sought after and recognisable, the Lancia Delta Integrale is a worthy subject and this excellent book is sure to get support from dedicated brand fans, as well as broader motorsport enthusiasts. - Iain P W Robertson. Author Peter Collins and I go back a long way and over the years, as well as enjoying the odd drink together, have visited most European race tracks in each others company, and have even rallied to Monte Carlo in the same car, my Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF. You soon learn that Peter is not only passionate about Italian cars, but through his frequent trips to Turin and Milan, interviewing the good and the famous, has also become an acknowledged, if not leading, expert on the Lancia Integrale. The book itself is a gem, 160 pages crammed with facts, supported by informative illustrations, mostly colour images from the author's own collection. And by keeping peripheral early Lancia history to a minimum, maximum space is available to expanding the Delta story, from mundane family hatch-back and all the bits in between, before becoming six-time World Champion rally car. Good value and the ideal present. - Retro Speed. And so the Lancia story continues ... Veloce have released this new title covering the Lancia Delta Integrale (and HF4WD), again by author Peter Collins. And it very much follows in the same vein, with technical documents giving full technical specifications, cut-away diagrams of engines, suspensions, transmissions, many pictures, and descriptions of all the rallies entered. Exactly what you want. There are differences - the book is not attempting to be a pure rallying story. The Lancia Delta did not start out intended for rallying, but the 4WD version was the right car at the right time when Group B was abolished, and it was rallying requirements which then drove the development of the car, doing so much to change the perception of Lancia in the UK. So as well as pictures of rallying machines, there are plenty of pictures of road cars, as well as an interesting section detailing what to look for is you are looking to buy one (what faults might happen, what sounds to listen out for, what a particular rattle means), together with guide prices for the different versions from good to less good condition. Concept cars based on the same chassis are also covered. It is a great addition to the story of the Lancia, and a great record of these spectacular cars which defined an era of rallying. - www.silhouet.com. Lancia Delta that passion, not only in Italy. The umpteenth volume on the mythical Integrale comes from Great Britain. Written by an expert, Peter Collins, and with a foreword by Giorgio Pianta (reported in the first edition, dated 2003), this book represents an appointment not to be missed. - Autosprint. Italophile Peter Collins relates the development of the iconic Delta Integrale in some detail, both in competition and as a road car. He also covers a number of interesting one-offs and concepts that you may never have heard of, such as the cabrio built for the Agnelli family. The first edition was published 14 years ago, and it has been heavily updated with full colour images - many from the author's personal collection, which is a nice touch. - Classic & Sports Car. Peter Collins has put together a marvellous in-depth history of both the road car development and life story of the competition variants, the latter most memorable in the Martini colours. - Fleet Car Magazine. It's a capable thing, the Integrale, and this newly revised and updated book from Peter Collins, records the car's complete history including its creation and the background, covering both road and rally versions, and even the special editions of which there were more than a few. After dipping in value a few years ago they are now highly sought after again and continue to turn heads and this book is a fitting tribute. - tkc.

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