At one time, the Lancia 037 sports car was the first car built specifically for the Group B rally. It took part in the WRC World Rally Championship from 1982 to 1986 and brought several victories to the Lancia Martini team.
Note that the Italians had to build 200 road cars to homologate the two-door racing car, and the total circulation of the model was 207 cars. Now the auction house RM Sotheby’s announced that on June 15, 2021, an auction will be held in Milan, in which the very first prototype Lancia 037 will be auctioned off.
This car was used by the company in development tests and has a number of unique features that are not found on later cars. They built such a car back in November 1980, while the model received FIA homologation only on April 1, 1982.
The chassis for the first copy was manufactured by Dallara, while the platform for all subsequent (serial) two-doors was created at the Lanci plant in Turin. It was based on the body of an ordinary Lancia Beta Monte Carlo with a steel roof. In the future, other copies received a slightly different design with a convex plastic roof.
The prototype Lancia 037 Prototype is characterized by the presence of technological aerodynamic empennage from the CBC firm. On commercial vehicles, the plastic body kit is much more accurate, as it was made by the designers of the Italian studio Pininfarina.
In addition, the sports car put up for auction has simple steel doors from the aforementioned Beta Monte Carlo, as well as round headlights and lamps from Ferrari installed at different heights, plus a different arrangement of air intakes.
It is known that in 1981 the first copy of the model took part in a variety of tests and tests. It was regularly refined, and in 1982, before the Greek rally “Acropolis”, the sports car was completely converted into a reconnaissance car, driven by the Italian racer Adartico Woodafieri.
When the Group B rally was banned, the prototype was at the disposal of the project’s technical director – Abarth engineer Sergio Limone. The car was completely restored and brought to its original form, and the original two-liter turbo engine with a compressor was also installed on it.
It is difficult to predict how much the experienced Lancia 037 can be sold for, but the cost of “ordinary” copies of the model varies in the range from 450 to 770 thousand euros (from 40.6 to 69.5 million rubles at the current exchange rate). Consequently, the cost of this instance promises to be much higher.