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Friday, July 28, 2023

Zagato Hyena: A Rare Sports Car Heading to Auction in August

Rare ONES - Judging from its name, it may seem a bit peculiar that a sports car was manufactured by a renowned Italian design firm based on the famous racing car. Nonetheless, this is indeed a reality, and surprisingly, little is known about the existence of this car even today... 
The Lancia Hyna was built by Zagato based on the famous Lancia Delta HF Integrale for Paul Kott during 1992 to 1996. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Introducing a unique sports car named Lancia Hyena, built based on the famous racing car, the Lancia Delta HF, by a well-known Italian design firm, Carrozzeria Zagato. Around 65 years before the emergence of the Hyena, Lancia and Zagato, two renowned Italian auto entities, had worked together on a project. 
The Lancia Hyena by Zagato made hand-built from aluminium, and was a stunning, stocky little body with the marque’s infamous double-bubble roof and a completely bespoke carbon fibre interior. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Then, a Dutch Lancia importer, Paul Koot, noticed the success of the Lancia Delta HF Integrale and envisioned creating a sleek two-seater sports car. Coincidentally, a Zagato employee named Marco Pedracini had recently designed an eye-catching coupe that perfectly fit the bill, leading to the birth of the Hyena.
The Lancia Hyna was built by Zagato is an eye-catching sleek two-seater sports car designed by Marco Pedracini of Zagato. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Being a low-volume sports car, building the Hyena was quite costly. Originally, Koot planned to produce only six cars, but after the Hyena's successful debut at the 1992 Brussels Motor Show, attracting 14 orders, he expanded his vision and developed a business plan for this unique Lancia model. However, it seems that Lancia did not share Koot's enthusiasm, resulting in the belief that only 24 Hyenas could be manufactured during 1992 to 1996.
The Lancia Hyna was built by Zagato's interior got a stunning turquoise Alcantara interior coupled with a three-spoke steering whell and Lancia HF's simple dashborard layout. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Koot's challenges did not end there: while he intended to build the cars on rolling chassis, Lancia faced difficulties in delivering them. Consequently, Koot had to order complete show-ready Integrales to serve as the basis for each Hyena, which significantly increased production costs, putting the Hyena's price tag at $74,000, equivalent to that of a Ferrari 348. Nevertheless, despite the hurdles, the Hyena, with a weight reduction of 200 kilograms from the Delta's curb weight, proved to be one of the finest sports cars ever produced by Lancia.
The Lancia Hyna was built by Zagato powered by a re-engineered 320-hp engine delivers breathtaking performance, ensuring an exhilarating experience on any winding road. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Adorned in Grigio Alloy with a stunning turquoise Alcantara interior, this Hyena boasts specifications that were previously unheard of. Its re-engineered 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 320-hp engine delivers breathtaking performance, ensuring an exhilarating experience on any winding road.
The Lancia Delta Integrale-based Hyena by Zagato, being one of only 24 ever built, is set to command a substantial price at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey on Aug. 18. As quoted from ClassicDriver, the Hyena is estimated to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000, making it an exceptionally rare and valuable collaboration between two beloved names in Italy's automotive industry—a worthy investment for any discerning collector. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSICDRIVER | TOPGEAR ]
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