Live your Group B goals with this 1980 Lancia Rally SE 037 prototype

The early 1980s Team B period of the Globe Rally Championship developed some famous cars, with the Lancia 037 among the the most revered. Now a prototype of the championship-successful rally automobile is scheduled for a RM Sotheby’s auction.

Conceived as a successor to the Lancia Stratos, the 037 retained that car’s mid-engine, rear-wheel-travel format. The 037 was the final two-wheel-drive car in the WRC, beating the Audi Quattro, the car that introduced all-wheel-travel to the activity.

Team B regulations ended up announced in 1979, and 1982 was the most recent yr that cars from the past Group 4 rule set would be qualified. That did not leave much time to establish a new motor vehicle, so Lancia started with the Beta Montecarlo Turbo from the Team 5 athletics-auto category, by itself loosely centered on the Lancia Montecarlo sporting activities car (badged Scorpion in the United States to avoid clashing with the Chevrolet Monte Carlo).

1980 Lancia Rally SE 037 prototype (Photo by RM Sotheby's)

1980 Lancia Rally SE 037 prototype (Image by RM Sotheby’s)

This car—chassis SE037-001—was the to start with prototype. It manufactured its initially test runs in 1980, followed by a full testing software through 1981. Even soon after output automobiles had been developed and provided to the rally team, Lancia ongoing using SE037-001 as a advancement mule, and it was also utilised as a reconnaissance or “recce” vehicle at the 1982 Acropolis Rally, according to the listing.

The 037 received the WRC manufacturer’s championship in 1983, and Lancia developed 200 automobiles to satisfy homologation specifications, but the car’s moment in the spotlight was temporary. Audi had revealed that all-wheel generate was the long run, and the 037 was shortly changed with all-wheel-travel versions of the Lancia Delta hatchback. The 1986 fatalities of driver Henri Toivonen and co-driver Sergio Cresto in a Lancia Delta S4 assisted convey about the stop of Team B, although Lancia ongoing through the subsequent Team A period.

Chassis SE037-001 was slated to be scrapped in 1983, but it was saved by its designer, Sergio Limone, who restored the automobile to its authentic configuration. It is really now in the arms of a Lancia collector, who is featuring the 037 prototype for sale with finish documentation attesting to its authenticity, in accordance to the listing.