The Ultimate 70s Rally Legend!
- Location: Miami, Florida, United States
- Make: Lancia
- Model: Stratos
- Trim: HF Stradale
- Year: 1975
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: Ferrari Dino V6
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale description
- Radical, advanced design by Marcello Gandini
- Rare production Stradale version; one of just 492
- Documented ownership history from new
- Matching-numbers chassis, engine, and body
The Lancia Stratos is without a doubt one of the most successful and recognisable rally cars in existence.
It began in 1970, when Italian design house Bertone arrived at the Turin Motor Show with a radical concept, the Stratos Zero. The Zero looked like a futuristic spaceship and stood out not only to the throngs of media and show-goers but also to Lancia Director of Public Relations Sandro Fiorio. Fiorio and his son, Cesare, Lancia’s then rally team chief, pondered about how a production version of this radical design could be introduced in order to reverse the manufacturer’s relatively staid image and its struggling motorsports division.
With a sense of purpose, the Fiorios approached then Lancia Managing Director Ugo Gobbato with the idea of a Bertone-bodied car based on the Stratos Zero concept. Gobbato, an ex-Ferrari chief, signed off on the project, on the condition that it would be powered by a mid-mounted Ferrari V-6 engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, creating a very clever example of parts sharing, which would also help to keep development costs in check.
The following year, the orange Stratos HF (High Fidelity) prototype debuted at the 1971 Turin Auto Show. The Stratos’ stunning design was entrusted to Marcello Gandini, and in a nod to the car’s competition intentions, it featured a large wraparound front windshield that offered an enormous outward view for its driver. As such, the Stratos is considered to be the first automobile ever to be purposely built for the World Rally Championship.
In 1972, the Stratos began its racing career and was campaigned as a prototype by the Lancia team. Success did not come immediately, and the Stratos finally earned its first win in 1973. By 1974, Lancia and its Stratos were on their way to supremacy in Group 4 rallying. Entry into that year’s round of the World Rally Championship required the production of 500 road-legal units. Production commenced in 1973; however, only 492 were ever completed, as the Group 4 production requirement for the WRC was dropped to 400 units.
The Stratos was a huge success on the world’s rally stages, securing three outright World Championship victories in 1974, 1975, and 1976, cementing its legendary status. Its success would not end in 1976, however. After its formal reign was over, the Stratos proved to be successful in the hands of privateers, even winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1979.
Condition & Details
This car has recently undergone a full frame-off, engine-out, nut & bolt restoration by a marque expert. It is in show condition and is ready to be displayed or raced in any vintage rally such as the Tour Auto or California Mille. This car has a fully documented ownership history since new, as well as being matching numbers with all original parts.
Original books included.
Only serious, vetted offers will be considered.
Detailed car history along with engine, chassis and body numbers will be provided by request to serious, committed buyers.
This is a magnificent driver's car, a timeless classic, that will put a smile on your face every time you sit in that gorgeous cabin.
Potential buyers have the option to have the car inspected in-situ by a professional of their own choosing.