For £35,000 would you buy Jay Kay’s stunning Lancia Delta HF Integrale?

For £35,000 would you buy Jay Kay’s stunning Lancia Delta HF Integrale?

You've got £35,000 to spend on a four-wheel drive rally-bred hyper hatch. Do you go for a Focus RS, or a 23-year old Lancia owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay?

You've got £35,000 to spend on a four-wheel drive rally-bred hyper hatch. Do you go for a Ford Focus RS, or a 23-year old Lancia owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay?

The Lancia Delta Integrale is one of the most iconic rally cars of all time and the road-going homologation versions are now hugely desirable among enthusiasts. This particular car will be auctioned later this month at the Silverstone Classic Sale, and is estimated to fetch between £30,000 and £35,000.

A 1994 Italian model, the car was bought in 2009 by the Jamiroquai frontman for £13,995 and has been meticulously cared for and kept in absolutely immaculate condition.

Earlier this year, the car was given an engine rebuild to remedy a misfire, with the Delta getting a rebored block, forged pistons and polished crankshaft-bearing journals.

Inside, the car features the classic Integrale yellow instrument dials and tan bucket seats with Sabelt racing harnesses, while the stunning red bodywork is in perfect nick.

These days, extreme hyper hatches are a dime a dozen but the Integrale still looks every bit as imposing as it was in the late 1980s. Anybody fancy going halfers then...?

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