The market for modern classics continues its steep climb with the news that a 1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale just sold for a record-breaking £218,250.
Meanwhile, the £90,000 purchase of a crashed 1960 Jaguar XK150 proves that collectors are prepared to invest in serious reconstruction for the right car. And these remarkable sales both took place on the very same day at two different auctions in the UK.
First up is Lancia’s weapons-grade homologation special hatchback, which once dominated the World Rally Championship, taking 46 wins and six consecutive constructors’ championships between 1987 and 1992. Clearly the Integrale is capable of more than rally records though, this 1995 Evo 2 Edizione Finale setting a new auction benchmark. The car is one of just 250 final editions built in the last year of production.
Finished in Bordeaux Red with yellow and blue striping the car’s other standout features include Recaro seats, carbonfibre trim, a Momo steering wheel and aluminium OMP pedals. This Integrale sits on 16-inch Speedline alloy wheels, Eibach springs and has an OMP strut brace across the remapped 250bhp inline-four.
Originally sold to a Deltisti fan in Japan, the car is number 092 from the run, and has covered barely more than 3000 miles since new, despite being imported first to Belgium and then the UK.
The sensational sales price achieved at Silverstone Auctions on May 22 adds more than £80,000 to the record previously set for an Integrale Evo Giallo Ferrari at RM Sotheby’s in 2017. Hagerty’s own condition 1 (concours) value for an Integrale is £85,400.
The same afternoon at Bonhams MPH May Auction, a mangled Jaguar XK150 S Drophead Coupe fetched £90,000. The 3.8-litre car was first registered in 1960 and had two previous owners before meeting its demise in September 1996.
The owner lost control on a wet road and hit a tree, totalling the Jag, but in a testament to the car’s strength, the driver walked away unhurt. Following the accident the car was stored away in a dry garage and never repaired as the now-deceased owner was said to be too embarrassed to make an insurance claim.
Bonhams gives the car’s condition a score of just 30 out of 100, but that didn’t deter bidders. According to the Hagerty valuation tool a concours condition XK150 S Drophead Coupe would be worth £148,500, but we can’t imagine this restoration coming cheap.
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