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Rally greats to be sold by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco

RM Sotheby’s has consigned a 14-strong collection of road and rally icons for its Monaco auction on 10-11 May. Being dubbed the Sportiva Collection, it is spearheaded by a 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally and a 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale and will be sold without reserve.

The Delta S4 was driven to 2nd on its competition debut at the 1985 Lombard RAC Rally in Wales, while Fabrizio Tabaton’s won with it in the 1986 Halkidiki Rally. Wearing its fteching priod-correct Martini livery, it is estimated to sell for €800,000-1,000,000.

The Stratos (estimate €550,000-650,000) has had only four owners, has fewer than 12,000km on the clock and is said to be in original, unrestored condition. Joining it in the catalogue is a a 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione ‘Group N’ by Abarth with interesting history. Ordered new by Lancia Works medical team doctors, it was sent directly from Lancia to Abarth for conversion to Group N specification, receiving uprated suspension and 17-inch wheels. Estimate is €150,000-200,000.

The final two Lancias in the collection are rather more sedate road cars, but are models that were no less famous – or successful – on the rally stages in period. The first is a 1958 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupé Series VI by Pinin Farina (€80,000-120,000) and the second a 1969 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Rallye 1.6 HF ‘Fanalone’ (€50,000-70,000).

The rest of the no-reserve collection comprises five Alfa Romeos, an Abarth, a Ferrari, a Pininfarina Spidereuropa and a Rolls-Royce. The Ferrari is a 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB in the less usual Blu Dino and estimated at €300,000-400,000.

Leading the Alfas is a pair of modern classics, a 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider with a mere 6296km on the clock (€250,0000300,000) and a 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm (€150,000-200,000), a road-legal, track-focused take on the Giulia GTA with just 838km. Other Alfas in the collection are a 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1750 GTV (€50,000-70,000), 1967 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior ‘step-nose’ (€40,000-50,000), and a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (€30,000-40,000).

Rounding off the Sportiva collection is a 2016 Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione (€40,000-50,000), 1983 Pininfarina Spidereuropa (€20,000-30,000) and, somewhat incongruously, a 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Saloon by Hooper (€20,000-40,000).

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