Chris Bruce, AutoBlog Mar 8th 2015 at 8:59AM
These days the Lancia is in the shadow of its former glory and continues to shrink even further. It's sad to see the Italian brand be in such a state after once being a motorsports powerhouse with wins in Formula One, endurance racing and especially rallying. The Exotic Rally Class at this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is an opportunity to remember the company's triumphs thanks to a quartet of Lancia legends that are all owned by one man.
Getting to see four Lancia rally cars in one place is a rarity, and this collection from John Campion has a definite eye towards motorsports history to make it more special. First, there's a 1969 Fulvia with 10 events under its belt. There's also a 1975 Stratos in brilliant orange with a competition history from the late '70s and restoration in 2011. Next, Campion's 1983 037 was raced at one time by the Martini Racing Team, and it won a 1985 rally in Italy at the hands of Graziano Rossi, the father of MotoGP star Valentino Rossi. Finally, his 1988 Delta Integrale (pictured above) was also part of the Martini team, and to make the car even more important, it gave Miki Biasion the 1988 WRC Drivers Championship. The Integrale helped Lancia score the manufacturers championship that year too.
Lancia may eventually be completely gone from the market, but as long as historically significant models like this continue to be displayed, the brand should stay in the automotive consciousness. It's definitely worth clicking through the gallery to see how these classics look today, and check out some vintage photos of them too.
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