The very first Lancia Rally 037 produced and originally owned by Abarth will go under the hammer in a forthcoming Milan sale on 15 June 2021…
While every 037 is desirable, this particular example is both incredible and historically significant, including being the very first Lancia Rally 037 produced and originally owned by Abarth.
Lancia’s rallying success began with the Fulvia and continued with the clam-shell legend, Stratos… a car which secured three consecutive World Rally Championship titles and to this day is still waxed lyrical by many scribblers.
Fast forward to 1980 and the company threw everything at the development of an all-new contender, the car which was to become known as the 037 and compete in the FIA Group B World Rally Championship.
So good was the car it was piloted by legendary names, Markku Alén, Attilio Bettega, and Walter Röhrl, winning the manufacturers’ world championship in the 1983 season and becoming the last rear wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship.
The car to be offered in the Milan sale is chassis SE037-001, the first prototype for the legendary Lancia Rally ‘037’ which was commissioned to be constructed by the successful Italian race car constructor, Dallara, before final assembly and development at the Abarth factory, overseen by Sergio Limone.
Once completed, chassis SE037-001 undertook extensive testing duties both on track and in the wind tunnel, and was driven extensively by the likes of Markku Alen, Adartico Vudafieri and Giorgio Pianta.
By 1982, the car was resplendent in the full Martini racing livery and it famously served as a Recce car in that year’s Acropolis Rally. When it’s official duties were over, the car passed into the private ownership of Sergio Limone, who undertook a meticulous restoration, returning this important car to its original development specification, including the correct specification 1,995 cc supercharged engine.
The car is fully authenticated and certified by FIVA and the Lancia Club of Italy with an estimate of €700,000-€900,000).
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Head of Sales, RM Sotheby’s Europe, says:
“This Milan sale is an exciting addition to our 2021 European sale calendar. The week in question will see many of Europe’s collectors in the region for the start of the Mille Miglia, and our sale will allow for limited preview opportunities. We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Sotheby’s Milan and for the cooperation of Palazzo Serbelloni for the provision of the stunning location. To have also consigned one of the most significant Lancia rally cars of all time, the prototype that developed the all-conquering 037 rally car, is sure to make this sale one of the highlights of the upcoming 2021 sale calendar”.
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