This week's Shed is a true rarity but there could be a good reason for that
A car like this 23-year-old Lancia Dedra.
Stereotypical joking aside, Shed rather likes the clean lines of this 90s Italo-exec. Over 400,000 Dedras were built between 1989 and 2000. The fact that only 40 or so Dedras remain on UK roads either a) tells you all you need to know about the quality of Dedra construction or b) gets you all excited about Dedra rarity. It all depends on how cynical you are. The fact that this one is still happily humming away is obviously testament to some degree of mollycoddling, but also (Shed likes to think) to its relatively robust nature.
Where are all the Tipos now? See that can of tuna you're just opening? Might be some Tipo in there.
Laugh it up about Italian cars in the latter part of the 20th century, but once you've mentally swept away all the minor irritations like body panels made out of biscuit tins and electrics that only work on alternate Fridays, you have to admit that this was something of a golden age for mainstream Italian engine building.
The vendor's desciption of the zingy twin-cammer as 'quite nippy' is a refreshing bit of understatement compared with some of the overblown phrases used to glorify tragic old nails at this end of the market. The other day Shed saw an ad for an old-style Mini describing it as 'very rust-free', which presumably meant there was only rust in one place - the body. This Dedra looks surprisingly un-motheaten inside and out. Not sure about the chavvy wheels, or the HF badge on the grille; that should only be worn by the turbo HF Integrale.
Finally, some Dedra trivia. In Gaelic, Dedra is a girl's name. Meaning 'broken-hearted or sorrowful', it is a variant of Deirdre. Which, funnily enough, is Mrs Shed's first name.
Here's the ad. Ignore it, if you're a young 'un. Or if you're not, read it and hark back to a time when Italian cars ruled the roost.
I'm selling my Lancia Dedra 2.0ie 1990, newport blue met. Lots of history including every MOT from 1993. The car covered 54k in the first 3 years then had a replacement engine, The car is now showing nearly 41k. The MOTs and history verify mileage. The Dedra is in very good condition. Recently the car it has been serviced, belts have been changed, middle and rear exhaust, starter motor and all the offside has been sprayed only due to peeling lacquer. The N/Side rear wheel arch has some bubbles and there is wear on the drivers seat. The car drives as it should, the two litre twin cam engine is quite nippy, and looks lovely. All original except for the 17" alloys. Also included are 2 A4 lever arch work shop manuals,owners handbook tow hitch and 1 key
All in all a cheap retro classic, taxed and tested, only cost me Â£85. to insure on a classic policy!