The Lancia Stratos HF – or Type 829 – was prototyped at the 1971 Turin Motor Show and is undoubtedly one of the most famous rally cars of all time, with a compact design that allowed the wedge-shaped vehicle to claim a trio of World Rally Championship titles – a feat that remained unbeaten until Lancia itself broke it with its legendary Delta Integrale Group B car. Lancia’s first purpose-built rally racer, the Stratos was written by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini and featured a fiberglass body set over a steel frame with an internal rollcage and was powered by a mid-mounted 2.4-liter V6 that was borrowed from the dinosaur.
The Rally 037’s predecessor, the Stratos, was designed for rally competition, but FIA regulations forced Lancia to produce a certain number to meet homologation requirements. This ultimately resulted in 492 units being produced from 1973 to 1978, all made in Turin. Not surprisingly, surviving examples are extremely rare and highly sought after – and that is the case with the 1974 example that is currently for sale in the car’s home country.
This ’74 example was built to Group 4 specifications and features a gutted racing interior with Sparco racing seats and rally-style switches. Running on historic Pirelli P7 tires, the Stratos’ exterior features a bonnet-mounted four-piece light housing with removable cover and a replica Würth livery of Walter Röhrl’s 1983 037 – the car Röhrl drove in this year’s Rallye Deutschland won. This example is classic car event ready and has been updated to also meet modern FIA requirements for historic rallies.
This 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4 racer is offered for sale through Vicenza based exotic and classic dealership Top Marques Deluxe Car where price is available on request.
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