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Quasimodo’s Convertible: Lancia Delta Chop-top

Posted in Custom, Featured, Lancia by Dustin Driver | April 3rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

There are many automotive atrocities, plenty of ill-conceived motorcar mutations created by madmen. Way back in the heyday of Italian industrialism, super-magnate and fashionista Gianni Agnelli had some guys at Zagato chop the top off the infamous Lancia Delta to create the monstrous Delta Cabrio. Now the guys at a shop called HF Il Cavallino have spawned another one.

HF Il Cavallino is a kind of automotive singularity for Lancia Deltas. They repair them, they sell them, they wax nostalgic about them, and they hold Delta worship ceremonies on their site. A few years back they decided to take things to the next level.

The shop decided to recreate industrial-tycoon Gianni Agnelli‘s one-off Delta convertible from scratch. The got the original plans from Zagato and went to work. It took them two years, but they succeeded in creating a two-door, drop-top version of the original Italian hot hatch. For reference, this is a proper Delta:

The Delta was released in 1979. It was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro (Alfa Romero Giulia, MK I VW Golf, DeLorean DMC-12, Lotus Esprit, and more) to be a sweet little four-door family hatch. Later on it received all-wheel drive and a turbo. The hottest of Deltas was called the Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II (pictured above). It made 215 horsepower and was right sexy.

The Delta Cabrio has a milder 200-ish horsepower engine and is shockingly hideous. Its rump is clad in slabs of sheet metal that absolutely squash Giugiaro’s design. And that pile of canvas swaddled in vinyl behind the seats? Shocking.

Look, I honestly can’t knock the guys at HF Il Cavallino. They did a remarkable job of recreating the Delta Cabrio. But I can knock the original Delta Cabrio. What a beastly piece of automotive horror that thing was. Besides controlling a full 4.4 percent of Italy’s GDP and 3.1 percent of its industrial workforce, Agnelli was known for is impeccable fashion sense. I’d really like to know what he was thinking when he commissioned the Delta Cabrio.

Source: HF Il Cavallino



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