A priceless collection of Lancias for your consideration

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by Stephen Dobie | Jan 30, 2020
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Got $7.5 million (roughly P381 million) just knocking around? Well, you need to spend it on the greatest multipack of cars ever. The picture above shows the six-strong ‘Campion Collection,’ a group of Martini-striped Lancias up for sale now via London’s Girardo & Co.

Priced at $7.5 million, it averages out at around $1.25 million per car. Now, excuse us while we explain, car by car, exactly why that all works out at staggeringly good value for money. Seriously...

1) Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo GR V

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This was the first works Lancia to race at Le Mans since the ’50s. It didn’t win, but Lancia did take the overall trophy at the end of the 1980 and 1981 World Endurance Championship seasons.

It uses a Dallara chassis, a Pininfarina body, and an Abarth engine, which is close to the royal flush of excellent Italian race-car things.

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Its engine is a 1.4-liter turbo-four producing 460hp—surely more than enough with just 780kg to shift. It also utilizes a Magneti Marelli Racing electronic ignition, proving that even the most mundane of components just sound better in Italy.

2) Lancia LC1 Group VI

This car, girls and boys, won the 1982 Nürburgring 1000km race. Y’know, the one before the 1983 Nürburgring 1000km that makes motorsport nerds go slightly weak at the knees. If you know, you know.

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Here is one of only four examples built, and it’s claimed to be Italy’s first ground-effect sports car.

Power once again comes from a 1.4-liter Abarth engine, here providing 430hp with a skinnier 665kg to shift.

3) Lancia LC2 Group C

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Yep, another early-’80s Lancia endurance racer. This one was driven by four-times Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo, among others.

It uses a 3.0-liter V8 sourced from Ferrari, with two turbos strapped to it. Result? A more than healthy 720hp with a mere 850kg to move. Hold on tight.

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4) Lancia Delta 037 Rallye Evo 2 Group B

Not just the zenith of Lancias, but arguably the zenith of cars, full stop. One of just 20 Evo 2-spec 037s—the ultimate spec of 037—this is surely as desirable as Martini-colored things gets. And that’s not a bad gene pool it sits atop.

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Its 2.1-liter supercharged Abarth engine sends 325hp through a five-speed manual gearbox. This is when World Rally Championship-winning cars were still rear-wheel-drive, too. In fact, an 037 was the last RWD car to win a world title.

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The 037 you see here was the factory test car for Markku Alen at the WRC Rally of the 1000 Lakes in Finland, and in 1985, it took victory at Italy’s Rally Citta di Mantova with Graziano Rossi at the real. That’s Valentino’s dad to you and me.

5) Lancia Delta S4 Corsa Group B

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Another Group B rally car, and nominee for the award of coolest object ever made. We’d happily buy it just to look at, but as one of the last of the Group B monsters, it’d be churlish not to give the S4 the odd run, too.

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This one won the 1986 Rally 1000 Miglia, and lists World Rally Champions Markku Alen and Miki Biasion on its driver list.

Its 1.8-liter engine is both turbocharged and supercharged, producing 550hp, which is enough—with the help of four-wheel drive—to hit 60mph (97kph) in 2.5sec. On gravel. Yikes.

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6) Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8v Group A

The Integrale 8v won the 1988 Rallye de Portugal—notable because that was also the Integrale 8v’s debut event. The 8v then went on to record 36 WRC stage victories as a works Lancia Martini Racing entrant. Oh, and it won the 1988 championship with Miki Biasion at the wheel.

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Its 2.0-liter turbo-four produced 275hp and put it through all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Yep, the least powerful car in the collection, but it has the best lamp pod. Which is at least as cool as another 250hp, anyway.

Who wants to join our crowdfunder to buy the whole lot? Our pot currently has $20...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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