RM Sotheby’s, giant of car auctions and not only, opens another of its auctions, strictly online (due to the Coronavirus emergency) with a more than evocative name, Open Roads – the European Summer Auction. An auction started on Tuesday 14 July and is expected to close on the 22nd of the same month.
The lots on sale are very interesting and in the midst of jewels such as Ferrari 365 GT4, Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Lamborghini Diablo SV and many others, also check what is perhaps the rally car most loved by Italians (and not only): Lancia Delta S4 Rally from 1985, dressed in the now legendary Martini livery.
A star curriculum
Chassis number 207 and a palmares of all respect, give this old glory of sports car racing an air to say the least fascinating. The Delta S4’s career at auction began in 1985 – the last round of the World Rally Championship – on the track of the Lombard RAC Rally, led by the Finns Markku Alen and Ilkka Kivimäki with the colors of the Lancia Martini Team. 880 km of race, ended with an excellent second place overall, just 60 seconds from the top step of the podium.
The following year the Lancia Delta S4 changes its jacket to the Jolly Club team and takes part in the European Rally Championship, always wearing the colors of Martini, with the legendary Fabrizio Tabaton and Luciano Tedeschini behind the wheel. On the occasion of the rally in Greece, the S4 dresses in the livery of the Scuderia Grifone, with the black and gold of the Esso, and wins the first place in the standings.
Piloted by Gian Battista Rosella, the Delta with chassis 207 ends the last two years of his career in the European Autocross Championship.
All-wheel drive, supercharged engine with volumetric compressor, am 550 CV for the 1985 version: impossible not to be amazed by a flag bearer of the legendary Group B.
According to experts, the value of the S4 Rally is between 875,000 and 1,100,000 euros, with an auction base of 450,000 euros, and could thus exceed the 1,040,000 euros paid out last year for an S4 Stradale.
However it will go, the lucky winner will have the honor of taking every fan’s dream into the garage. A figure for a select few, but when it comes to legends, you know, the monetary value is not so important.