The successor to the Delta S4, the Lancia Rally 037 (or Abarth Project Code “SE037”), was a high-performance Italian sports car collaboratively developed by Pininfarina, Abarth, and Dallara for Group B racing purposes. The last rear-wheel-drive car to win the FIA’s World Rally Championship, the 037 is unequivocally one of the most iconic Italian cars of all time and with just enough specimens built to satisfy homologation requirements, the mid-engined rally racers are now incredibly rare finds, valued at well into six-figure territory.
And while every 037 example is of immense significance, few (if any) are as noteworthy as the original factory prototype specimen with chassis number “SE037-001.” Despite having recently gone under the hammer at Bonhams’ Monaco sale in 2016, this comprehensively-restored 037 prototype is slated to return to the auction block at RM Sotheby’s forthcoming Milan sale in June. Not only is this exact model the first-ever 037 prototype, but it was heavily utilized as a factory test mule and was the first 037 to undergo off-road testing. What’s more, this example was owned by Abarth before eventually winding up in the possession of Sergio Limone who helped design the coupé. To learn more, you can check out the 1980 Lancia 037 Prototype’s sale page linked below.
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