Now here's a sobering thought. Lancia's Delta arrived in this world a third of a century ago. Yet in its final form, the Integrale Evo 2 launched in 1993, it was thought of in the same breath as modern objects such as Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Impreza Turbos. It was the four-wheel-drive, turbocharged, World Rally Championship aura that forged this common bond, shrunk the decades and makes some of us still think of an Integrale as an almost-modern car.
It isn't, though. The underlying Delta style is archetypal 1979 Giugiaro origami, all clean-cut edges and tidy geometry. Original Deltas are rare now, and all but forgotten. And Integrales, with their wheelarch blisters, spoilers and valances, draw your eye via these addenda, leaving the primordial Delta shape to be overlooked, simply a framework on which to hang these rally-flavoured bits. You barely even notice that it has four doors (plus a tailgate, obviously).
An Integrale isn't ageless
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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