The Lancia Delta Integrale is a rally legend, and this also means that body panels can be hard to find for existing cars.
Using a car as unique as a Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione as a daily driver is about to become a little more realistic, thanks to FCA finding some abandoned tooling in the back of one of its factories. And not just for a common car like the original Fiat 124—that assembly line is still around, somewhere in Togliatti, Russia.
Rather, FCA has found the original tooling to make Lancia Delta Integrale bumpers, which were an item rightfully considered to be unobtainium like a lot of parts specific to this rally-bred model. And FCA has actually gotten that equipment to work as intended, using an injection molding process to make new bumpers.
“The bumpers are created through the use of four pieces of original equipment that were found abandoned at the San Benigno plant,” FCA Heritage said. “Having undertaken extensive maintenance to check all moving parts and electric and hydraulic circuits, the equipment is now used as the standard molding process for the bumpers.”
The bumpers are just the first parts that Mopar will produce for the rally legend. The car itself started out as the Lancia Delta hatchback, which could be found with very tame engines in Europe at the start of the 1980s, but was gradually reworked into a much more capable and noticeably wider rally machine. This process began with earlier rally-built cars like the Lancia 037, but it was the Delta HF Integrale, which debuted in 1987 with 185 hp on tap, that was the ringer. 185 hp doesn’t sound like much today, but when paired with an exceptionally light chassis with a wide track, with power sent to all four wheels with a slight rear bias, it was part of a recipe for rally success. The 16-valve version of that car improved upon this recipe in 1989 with a 200-hp output, with the most noticeable differences outside being larger intake vents, a hood bulge, larger wheels and a lower suspension setting. The HF Integrale Evoluzione that debuted in 1991 added more power, more vents, a larger exhaust, painted bumpers and once again larger wheels.
FCA will get back to churning out Delta Integrale parts.
One would expect that various versions of the Delta Integrale were all babied from day one, but their accessibility and performance qualities made them very attractive rally machines whose owners were not shy to use them as they were meant to be used. Coupled with a modest production run, this assured that these trail terrors demanded a lot of replacement parts for the bodywork, replacement parts that were tough to come by if you wanted to keep your well-used Integrale looking intact. So it’s easy to see why a parts support program for this model was badly needed.
“Unlike alternative options, which include using rarely available original parts or fiberglass copies, the heritage parts range uses the original materials to produce Lancia Delta Integrale front and rear bumpers,” Mopar notes.
The bumpers are just the start, as Mopar plans to offer a greater variety of parts for the Delta Integrale, which is now importable into the U.S.
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