If you have ever bought an old Italian car, someone has probably said you would ...
If you have ever bought an old Italian car, someone has probably said you would better have a good relationship with your mechanic.
It’s the cliche, but when you are dealing with these temperamental, fragile, complex machines, there’s the element of truth to it. That said, it also takes the good mechanic to appreciate the beauty underneath these cars.
Petrolicious profiles Martin Middleton, the long time racing mechanic in the UK, who drives the Lancia Delta Integrale. It’s not the powerful car, but still, a brilliant tool for storming down the windy backroad.
The Lancia Delta started life as the simple front-wheel drive economy car in the late 1970s but evolved into the rally homologation special.
The Integrale got the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but more importantly, the clever all-wheel drive system for increased traction. It is certainly not powerful by modern standards, but you can exploit all of its horsepower with ease.
To compensate for Lancia’s questionable workmanship, Middleton’s put a lot of time into fixing his Integrale. The end results are worth it, though.
Watching this, it is hard not to want an Integrale of your own, and you better find someone like Middleton to take care of it first.
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