The private historic ‘Campion Collection’ of competition Lancias was given centre stage last weekend at Cavallino Classic with an estimated accumulative value of around $8,000,000.
The iconic Italian collection includes a 1984 Lancia 037 Rally Evo 2 Group B, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Corsa Group B, 1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8V Group A, 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group V, 1982 Lancia LC1 Group VI and 1983 Lancia LC2 Group C, all of which were successfully campaigned in the 1980s.
Offered for the first time ever by Girardo & Co with collector John Campion, the unique assemblage is sure to attract worldwide attention.
One of only four examples ever produced, the Lancia LC1 was driven by Ricciardo Patrese and Teo Fabi and was victorious in one of the most gruelling endurance events, the Nürburgring 1000 km in 1982. In the same season, this car claimed pole position in the Group VI class in four of the six World Sportscar Championship events it raced, going on to score two further second-place finishes.
The tenacious Delta HF Integrale 8V Group A car included in the collection is one of only two Delta HF Integrale 8Vs to have won two World Rally events, the 1988 Rallye de Portugal and 1988 Olympus Rally. The double world champion Delta HF has also undergone a complete restoration and is now an un-molested collectors dream.
The LC2 is the only Group C car powered by a purpose-built Ferrari engine with this example being one of only five factory-entered cars to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In its FIA World Sportscar Championship career, this car scored two podium finishes and a dominant pole position. Today, the LC2 can be raced in the Peter Auto Group C Championship.
Still recognised as the monster of Group B rallying, the S4 was built by Abarth in late 1985, making its first appearance in Finland, where it was used for testing ahead of the Monte Carlo and Swedish World Rally Championship events. Upon joining The Campion Collection, the car has been fastidiously maintained regardless of cost, being inspected and certified by Abarth Classiche in October 2017.
Lancia 037 Rally Evo 2 made its debut in the World Rally Championship, being driven by Stefano Rossina in the Rallye Sanremo in October. Victories throughout the season came at the Rally de Pane, Rallye Della Marche and the Memorial Bettega at the 1986 Bologna Motor Show where this car was once again driven by Gianfranco Cunico. The car was also used by the works Lancia team and World Rally Champion Markku Alen before being raced by Dario Cerrato during his 1985 European Rally Championship-winning season.
Introduced in 1975, the Beta Montecarlo was to prove to be the perfect platform for Lancia and Dallara to build this, the Beta Montecarlo Turbo which would go on to claim the World Championship for Makes in 1979 (under 2-litre class), and overall in 1980 and 1981. This was the car that convinced Lancia to continue endurance racing, leading to the LC1 and later, the LC2 Group C. This was Lancias most successful endurance competition car, claiming class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, and claiming two World Sportscar Championships.
The collection and all information can be found via this link.
All images courtesy of Girardo & Co.