Rally Legends for Road and Track drift into RM Sotheby’s Inaugural Essen Auction

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's - RM Sotheby's Essen Auction
  • RM Sotheby’s reveals selection of road-ready rally car greats for sale at Essen, Germany auction, 11-12 April
  • Varied selection of Lancia entries includes Delta S4 Stradale, 037 Stradale and Stratos HF Stradale, representing a golden age of rally sport
  • Over 200 diverse automobiles consigned for Essen sale, with more detail at rmsothebys.com

LONDON, ENGLAND – February 27, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the consignment of several legendary road-ready rally cars for its first-ever Essen, Germany sale, due to take place over two days (11-12 April) during the Techno-Classica Essen Show. Over 200 unique automobile lots will be offered in Essen, within which a collection of celebrated road-going Lancia models includes a Delta S4 Stradale, 037 Stradale, and Stratos HF Stradale, to represent a golden age of rally sport.

The 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale is among the highly desirable featured cars set for Essen. Manufactured as a Group B rally car, the Delta S4 was made by Lancia with the intention of replacing the outgoing 037, raced by Lancia in the early 1980s. The Delta S4 lived up to the reputation of its predecessor with a number of Group B wins, while the rally class homologation requirements led Lancia to build 200 road-going versions of the car, paving the way for the Stradale version, literally translated from Italian as ‘road going’. The Delta S4 on offer in Essen is a highly original example of the legendary Italian rally car, showing less than 2,200 km from new and complete with original owner’s manuals and toolkit (Est. €450.000 – €550.000).

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale (Peter Singhof © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s) RM Sotheby's Essen Auction

The Lancia rally legend theme continues with a truly exceptional 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, one of only 492 produced as a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive race and rally car. Lancia dominated the World Rally Championship with the futuristic looking Stratos HF Stradale, finishing every season in first place from 1974 to 1976, and winning subsequent races until the car was retired in the early-1980s. Presented in unrestored, original condition, it was originally delivered to Guido Bignardi in Sicily. A member of a prominent Italian rallying family, the car remained with him for three decades before passing through just one more owner ahead of the consignor (Est. €480.000 – €520.000). Also set for the sale is a 1984 Lancia 037 Stradale, another stunning and purposeful rally legend built to comply with homologation standards of ‘80s rally sport. Also delivered new to a member of the Bignardi family, the 037 was kept by its first owner until 2005 before being purchased by its third and current owner in 2015. Presented in exceptionally well-preserved condition and showing just 3,500 km from new, this is surely one of the lowest mileage examples available (Est. €350.000 – €400.000). A 1974 Lancia Fulvia (Est. €20.000 – €30.000) and 1970 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF ‘Fanalone’ (Est. €60.000 – €70.000) complete the Lancia motorsport line-up.

1984 Lancia 037 Stradale (Peter Singhof © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s) RM Sotheby's Essen Auction

Maarten ten Holder, Head of Europe & Chief Auctioneer for RM Sotheby’s, comments: “These road-going Lancia rally cars have become iconic within the collector car community. The Essen sale is a great opportunity for an enthusiast or collector to acquire a part of motorsport history, and these cars are not commonplace within the market. Each car is offered in fantastic condition and buyers can look forward to enjoying the incredible driving experience they offer. The Essen sale has been curated with a diverse selection of cars on offer, many of which are highly sought-after within the German market, and we are looking forward to our first ever sale on German soil.”

Rounding off the rally theme is another iconic car of the 1980s, a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 offered from the Youngtimer Collection in Essen. As a perfect introduction to rallying’s 1980s heyday, the Renault 5 Turbo was born of Renault’s desire to emulate the winning recipe of the Stratos, and in so-doing gave the humble Renault 5 a new lease on life by moving its engine to behind the driver and switching to rear-wheel drive. This example was first registered in Germany but has gone on to owners in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland (Est: €80.000 – €90.000). The Renault is featured amongst 85 cars presented from the single-owner Youngtimer Collection at Essen.

The addition of the Essen sale to RM Sotheby’s established Paris, Monaco, Villa Erba, and London events addresses a sustained level of interest in high-value automobile sales in Europe – also contributing towards a growing presence for RM Sotheby’s among car collectors in the region. The collector car market in Germany is recognized by RM Sotheby’s as especially strong.

For further information on the RM Sotheby’s Essen sale, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested bidders are invited to call the RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 to speak with a car specialist.

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