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What Do You Think Of Automobili Amos’ Lancia Delta Futurista?

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
September 4, 2018
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Watermarked photography by Ted Gushue / Studio photography by Degler Studio

The Singer comparisons are inevitable, and apparently the founder of the popular Porsche modification outfit has already placed an order for one Automobili Amos’ Deltas, but we think this is a different take on the high-end restomod; one that’s less about combining and refining elements from different decades than it is about homing in on the essence of a single car and bringing it up to a modern standard of performance without losing its ’80s edge.

Eugenio Amos had been captivated by the Delta Integrale from the age of seven when he was sat in the back of his father’s (“Those memories are made of smells, of that soft Alcantara touch, of confused noises”), and after years of planning and development with a talented team of engineers and designers, he’s now realizing his mission to create the ultimate reimagining of the Italian rally box. It looks like a Delta, and it retains its flavor, but it’s been completely “gone through.”

The hatch is carbon, the fenders, bumpers, hood, front fenders, sills, engine cover, and fascia are too; the rear doors have been welded shut to give it an S4-esque two-door look; the ECU is new, the wiring looms are new; the turbocharged inline-four produces 330hp thanks to tuning from Autotecnica along with a reengineered cooling and exhaust system; the transmission is beefed up from its original spec (the car shown here began life as a 1989 Integrale); the upgraded suspension features an extensive use of aluminum; and Amos says in addition to the steel roll cage the frame of the car has been reinforced in line with Group A prep that the original WRC dominators went through. In all, the car has shed weight from its original spec, and now comes in at 1,250kg (roughly 2,755lbs).

It’s not solely based on performance though, and along with the modernized-but-faithful look to the exterior (the most noticeable changes to which are the lighting elements, wheels, and pumped-up box flares), the guts have been gone through. The cabin is fully reupholstered as you’d expect, but it hasn’t lost the classic rally-cabin look—the front seats are Recaro pieces, the rear bench is original Lancia with new wrapping, and the steering wheel retains the era’s proportions and presentation, but it has been tastefully updated with a selection of controls on the spokes.

We’ll be following up soon with more details about the car and its provenance with an interview with Automobili Amos founder Eugenio Amos, but until then, what do you think about the car? About its place in 2018? Not many are being built, and at a price of €300,000 (about $347,000 today), not many will be able to afford them—but as Amos says, “In the end the numbers really mean nothing in this context. Because I’m talking about passion and nostalgia and euphoria and these feelings are not measured in numbers.” How do you think it compares to another recent Lancia reimagining, the MAT-built New Stratos?

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egoproject.

vwdavy
vwdavy

I am lusting for this one even more than a Singer. I would want mine with the rear doors still working, however. The better to show off that tremendous brown interior.

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

“The numbers do not matter”? What a priveledged thing to say. Amos, maybe you’ve never had your passion or euphoria thwarted by lack of money but I can tell you numbers DO matter! It’s frustrating to watch the prices of all the soulful cars climb to the stratosphere. Too bad I’ll never get to drive one of your beautiful and elite cars.

R2P2
R2P2

I think he originally said this in the context of weight and performance numbers, when trying to explain the essence of the project.

Meccanico
Meccanico

Interesting debate. But whatever one might say or think…too expensive, too cheap, wrong engine, wrong no of doors, won’t get used properly etc etc – in the end this is a genuine and relatively unique car-enthusiast celebration to what is an iconic car. A project like this continues to feed the legend and this could be applauded – IMO.

t_h_e_o____
t_h_e_o____

To me this is quite beautiful. As much as in the result which shows an ideal for perfection, as in the gesture behind the project. A desire for emotions and vibrating car.
I grew up playing with a lancia delta 1/24 as the picture below, and the AA delta project just bring me back to my childhood dream of driving one.
Congrats for AA.

Doesn’t matter the price, this is not the subject when it comes to the reason behind the project

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Pauly c
Pauly c

It makes me laugh to read some of the comments. As a lifetime owner of alfas Fiats and lancias. I find the criticisms most amusing. This is why… You buy an Italian car with your heart not your head otherwise you would choose something German. When your heart makes the choice you accept a few foibles without question. In fact it adds to the charachter and soul of the car. The delta is a legend and it lives on. You won’t see a Toyota Celica or Opel ascona recieve this kind of love. It is quiet simply a stunning delta.

Jack M
Jack M

BrunoC made some really good points already about removing the back door and the look of the interior, but there is one thing I can’t really wrap my head around. In my opinion, the whole point of an AWD, Turbo, 300hp, car is to rip it around back roads that might not have the best road surface and drive the car hard. So I wonder, will these cars never be driven how they should be? or are the future owners actually ok with getting some rock chips on their $350,000 resto-mod?

BrunoC
BrunoC

Not a sucessful restomod. Erasing the back doors without moving the B pillar backwards makes the car look awkward. Don’t like the details on the exterior nor the execution on the interior.

Even with 330bhp a 4 cylinder turbo engine is not special enough. They should use the 5 cylinder from the Fiat Coupe 20V.

Love what Alphaholics, Singer, Frontline Development or MZR Roadsports do. Sadly this Lancia is not in that league. And asking €300.000 for it is madness.

Lukas Duyck
Lukas Duyck

How can you be so closed minded and say it’s not a succesful restomod. You personaly might not like it but it looks great as a two door hatch as is. The interior as well is greatly improved over the original without losing that 80’s vibe. What about the engine? The original had a 4 cylinder turbo which did the job. Why would you opt for a totaly different characteristic of an engine. If you want 5 cylinder rallyness, get a quattro. It might not even have worked in the Delta. Getting that 4 cylinder turbo in the evo 2… Read more »

Car Enthusiasts Center AG
Car Enthusiasts Center AG

We love this Delta Futurista. The modifications are great, the design unique and the colour just great. But, we would love to see more precision on some details as clearamces and seals. For that price one should get an impeccable car.

Alex
Alex

In a world where half million dollar supercars seem to crawl the streets of every major city, chased by young ‘Youtubers’ running past Mark II GT40’s & Porsche 959’s to capture over-revving V12s, like an automotive Eugene Delacroix, Mr. Amos’ 300,000 Euro masterpiece stands as a testament to history, passion, and taste, a priceless masterpiece that is now the flag bearer for the resistance, an automotive Marianne standing atop of the corpses of wrapped Aventadors and straight piped R8s. Vive La Resistance Mr. Amos, Vive La Resistance!

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka

Interesting but before passing judgement I’d like to see some valid verified performance specs to back up what is for all practical purposes an excessively outrageous price tag in light of what can be done to an Integrale for a helluva lot less by a multitude of builders , resto modders etc . In as far as comparisons to the Ferrari pretending to be a Stratos are concerned ;.On the positive at least this IS a Lancia . But all bets are like the Stratos wanna be both are excessively over hyped and over priced pretense neither of which floats… Read more »

crhurd
crhurd

I have yet to see you leave a comment that is not in some way demeaning the subject of the article while simultaneously stroking your extremely inflated ego.