When you see a car like the 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II, your mind immediately goes to rally cars getting flung sideways through a deep European forest. You probably don’t think of cruising around Los Angeles in a Delta Integrale, but that’s what this particular one does. Petrolicious finds out how a U.S. citizen buy a car that never ended up coming to North America? Well, for Bryan Calvero, a lifelong love for European sports cars pushed him to find his perfect Delta.
“I grew up in L.A. County, in a small city called Cerritos, and the car culture in that city was predominantly Japanese cars, Honda Civics, Integras, CRXs,” he says. “I’ve had a deep passion into European sports cars, thanks to my father.”
What began as collecting every European model car he could get his hands on, Calvero moved onto books, magazines, events…and then his dream: to own a European sports car. “Learning about the pedigree and the race history about the (Delta) was only like kinda the icing on the cake,” he says. “I love cars with a great story, with a great race pedigree.”
“The design of the car is definitely timeless. The body style, you see it evolving in new cars,” says Calvero of his 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II, “…it was definitely ahead of its time.”
“I get a lot of people…they don’t know if it’s old or if it’s new, or modern,” Calvero says. “[but] you get that certain crowd that loses it when they see it.”
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