Rally Legends – 1983 Lancia Beta Montecarlo and 1982 Lancia 037 at Goodwood 2014

These Lancia rally cars from 1983 and 1984 really defined and propelled Group B’s creation – and perhaps the unlimited performance class’s ultimate demise.

They were rally cars only in tire and suspension settings. For all other intents and purposes, these were the hardest-core sports racers in decades. They leveraged new innovations in tech heavily – things like electronic fuel injection, carbon-fiber chassis construction, and turbocharging – to wild effect.

The Martin colors are just icing on the cake, really.

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But while Group B might have taken these cars with them to history, the legacy lives on proudly today in many thousands of garages: via not just the Ferrari F40 and California T, but also the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

To a lesser extent, they also spawned the desire for a new Skyline GT-R from Nissan.

Very important cars that are a joy to behold.

1983 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

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