Lancia Delta Group B Rally Car on Ebay; What Do You Think Its Worth?

Another great Tip from The Doctor (Thanks, Man!), who alerted us to a piece of rolling history. This is an actual Group B Lancia Delta S4 Rally Car, from what was probably the greatest chapter in Racing History, the FIA World Rally Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Group B was banned after the 1986 season, and the racers that were built are legendary. Only 28 of these magnificent Lancias were built, and the survivors are quickly becoming prized possessions among collectors of rare racing machines. This car only shows 3000 Km, and is in pristine shape. According to the listing, the starting big is a heart stopping $500,000. Go here to see the Ebay Offering.

So, is $500 large too much for this car, and is any of the remaining Group B giant killers anywhere worth this princely sum? Express your thoughts below.

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19 responses to “Lancia Delta Group B Rally Car on Ebay; What Do You Think Its Worth?”

  1. engineerd Avatar

    Sadly, at that price this is destined to become a museum piece. This car runs the risk of never setting foot on tarmac — much less gravel, dirt or sand — again.
    If I had that kind of scratch, I'd buy it and drive it as much as I could. OK, I might need about 4 times that much just to keep it going. It would be worth it, though. Oh, so worth it.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    This is one of those things that almost all of us comes across and thinks, "oh, if I had the money…"
    I am banking on winning the Grilled Cheese Invitational and applying all my winnings toward a Raptor, because, oh, if I only had the money…

  3. Manic_King Avatar

    So there's no info about racing history of that exact car, was it some kind of training car or what. Okay, seller wants to remain anon. but asking this kind of money on ebay for this car feels somehow strange.
    Btw., how many street versions did they make, those look much uglier without Martini colors but are at least in theory streetable. This ebay car probably can be used for some racing though (pikes peak?). Then MAT in Finland can rebuild it for huge amount of money.

  4. longrooffan Avatar

    While this appears to be a beautiful example of Group B racing of its day, I can think of at least 20 cars I would rather have for the combined price of a half million bucks!

  5. tonyola Avatar

    I agree with others that though this car has historical significance, it's not something anyone would want to drive on the street – it's a single-purpose, high-strung one trick pony. Better to spend far less on an Integrale Evoluzione II and enjoy driving it, unless you absolutely must have this racer for your private museum. As for the value of other Group B racers, I'm sure an authentic Porsche 959 rally car would easily sell for far north of $500,000.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Ah, tonyola, a 959 is a whole nother story indeed!

  6. Fej Avatar

    I'd say its worth my left kidney, half my liver and my spleen

  7. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Beautiful car but far too expensive, $ 100 k to $ 200 k would be more realistic.

  8. regalregalia Avatar

    It may not be worth that much I guess, but it SHOULD BE, shouldn't it? Which is a good Hooniverse asks: "What car should be worth $x?"

  9. Straight6er Avatar

    That was my desktop too, once upon a time.

  10. Straight6er Avatar

    500 thousand? Nah. My soul and/or left testicle? Do you even have to ask? just take out the knife already!

  11. alewifecove Avatar

    I guess I would have to ask if there is any precedent for the price. When did the last one sell and for how much?
    Although a pretty cool car, if I were looking to buy a Group B beast, It would be an S1 Quattro Sport

  12. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    I love that car, but what could you do with it? If one had unlimited amounts of dough, it'd be cool as hell to hoon the piss out of it once in a while, but the reality is that whoever buys it will be a collector/museum, and it will get parked on a pedestal and not be enjoyed. Which is probably just as well since that car could kill you with just one poor move. Damn I love it though. It's just so badass!

  13. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

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  14. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

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  15. BrianTheHoon Avatar

    At $500K I think most typical collectors would balk at the price. Not me (if I had the money disclaimer here).
    Personally, I'd spend Dusenberg money on this car. And I would drive it. A lot. These cars are singularities in autodom. Owning one would be like having Big Foot as a pet. Would you put Big Foot in a cage and treat him like Mike Tyson's tiger? Hell no! You'd want to hang out with your Big Foot. Teach him to play cards. Take him backpacking. Teach him to hand you tools while you wrench on your basket case LeMons project. Your Big Foot would be your buddy and you'd want everyone to see him and be thoroughly intimidated by his roar.
    This car is kind of like that. We gear heads could not, would not put any car on a pedestal inside one of those stupid blow up bags to keep the dust off. No, we'd drive the car as intended and wouldn't go to pieces when we inevitably taco the chin slitter by hitting road debris. We'd just have it straightened, refinished and make sure the decals line up and then do it all again. Each outing we'd be telling ourselves, "I could wrap this beast around a tree and I will have gotten my money's worth." And then, each time you drive it and don't wrap it around a tree, the next run is pure icing-on-the-cake emotional profit!
    These cars should never be relegated to museum duty. They should be driven. And if the Car Gods decide that it is your Group B monster's time to go, worse case you and your lovely beast go out together. Honestly, can anyone imagine a more glorious exit from this world?

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      I think in order to one-up that kind of a final exit, you'd have to be driving it when the angel of Death came down from heaven in his chariot of Fire, but decided to go back in your Delta instead of his lame burning horse-cart. This would be an improvement for a few reasons:
      1) People would see you flying to Heaven in a Lancia Delta S4
      2) Said Delta would be also be in Heaven one you got there
      3) Everyone left on Earth would wonder why there was an ever-burning chariot lying around in the middle of the road

  16. fede Avatar

    There’s no doubt, that car is worth 500k. I really love that thing, for me it’s the best of the group B cars. And of course, it’s a Lancia rally car, that’s worth a lot, for a delta, a 037, a stratos, or a fluvia (the V4 engine is nothing short of amazing for me).

  17. Darin Chauvaux Avatar

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