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Lot 361

1995 Lancia Hyena by Carrozzeria Zagato

  • Chassis no. ZLA831AB000552454

Sold for €89.600

Est. 300 bhp, 1,995 cc inline four-cylinder engine, Garrett turbocharger, five-speed manual transmission, independent MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar front and rear suspension, and four wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,474 mm (97.4")

• Rare Zagato design; one of only 24
• Based on Lancia Integrale EVO
• Only two owners from new

The Lancia Hyena was conceived with the idea of a limited-production coupé based on the WRC winning Lancia Delta Integrale. The design was brought to Lancia management by Zagato, who proposed building a limited run of 500 cars as a halo for the marque. Lancia declined, however, and as a result, Hyena production would require Zagato to buy the complete Integrale in order to build their coupé.

The finished coupé weighed 1148 kgs (2531 lbs), about 15 percent less than the production Integrale EVO, with a power-to-weight ratio that made the Hyena capable of a five second 0-60 mph time. The Zagato lines are smooth and the car is attractive, whilst retaining a great deal of uniqueness for which the coach builder is known.

This car was purchased new by an English banker from Walkers Garage, the official factory designated Lancia importer. The car was purchased by the first owner with the intent of having a high performance GT car to commute from his UK home to Italy. Other upgrades included cross drilled and grooved disk brakes with Ferodo racing pads, a 90-litre competition fuel cell for long distance touring and the very useful Delta rear seat option.

Purchased by the current and second owner in 2004, a thorough restoration of the Hyena was performed by Mavcorse Preparazione Sportive in Milan, Italy, incorporating well-executed performance upgrades. During the painting of the dramatic dual-layer black finish, the interior was completely removed before Teknofibra insulating material was installed. This was also fitted inside the engine compartment to manage heat and noise transfer. For improved body stiffness and torsional rigidity, expanding polyurethane foam was used to fill the sill cavities. This work was undertaken to allow the driver to use the performance of this extraordinary coupé to the fullest.

It boasts modified camshafts, modified valve springs, adjustable camshaft pulleys and a Garrett GT28 turbocharger. Silicone water and oil lines have been fitted, along with a larger intercooler, carbon air intake, an adjustable twin piston pop off valve and a 10-bar pressure regulator. Real time engine mapping has been used to maximise the usable power, and a boost gauge was fitted. The driving experience has been enhanced with a dished OMP 90 steering wheel, and the shift lever was moved back to facilitate quick gear changing. Adjustable Koni Yellow sport shock absorbers help keep the Hyena well planted during cornering.

Please note the Lancia Hyena features aluminium bodywork and the interior has extensive carbon fibre.

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