Details & description
- Chassis No. 829AR0 001819
- Engine No. 829A000 001500 - matching
- Gearbox No. 001506 - matching
- Body No. 51 - matching
200 hp, 2,418 cc DOHC Ferrari Dino V-6 engine with three Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with front coil springs and rear MacPherson struts, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,180 mm.
When launched, few cars turn the automobile world on its head. But if just one could be chosen which had just that effect, it would surely be the Lancia Stratos HF. It was the first automobile purposely built for competition in the World Rally Championship, and the Stratos’ powerful, radical design looked like nothing else on the road, ever.
The Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, or street version, is equipped with the Ferrari Dino engine, five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and fully synchronised dogleg gearbox. With a maximum speed of 232 km/h and twin fuel tanks of 80 litres, the Stratos HF Stradale is not lacking any of its rally car roots. Competition features include helmet holders beneath the side windows—a favourite of Stratos fans—as well as the race-bred wraparound windshield that provides a panoramic view of the passing scenery, usually sideways.
This Stratos HF Stradale #001819 has been from 1977 until 2015 a single-owner (Napoli - Italy) car at which time it has been untouched since its delivery in 1977. The Italian first owner sold the car in 2015 at an RM-Sotheby’s auction in Paris. During 2016 and 2017, the car underwent a detailed restoration and overhaul by DK Engineering in the UK for a total budget of 280.000,00 GBPounds. Keeping all/most of the original parts on the car, the engine, gearbox and mechanics where overhauled in every detail. Electrical wiring was rebuild. Chassis, body panels and wheels where shipped to Italy for professional restoration.
The original Italian registration, included with the car, notes that it was released to the original owner on 5 May 1977, after having been first registered on 29 April of that year. The owner also acquired two other Stratos when new, both of which he transformed to Group 4 specification and entered into rallies. This car, however, he left in original Stradale configuration. All 5 “scocca” tags 51 are on the car.
Corse e Strada acquired the car in 2018 in a restored condition, and is doing some last minor correction in order to make the car 100% period correct.
Lancia assembled about 480 Stratos Stradale HF cars. Many (it is said over 250 of those 480 cars) of the few original Stradale cars have been modified in their life to competition GR4 configurations. To encounter a well maintained street, original and period correct example with known ownership history and no racing in its past represents a rare occurrence.
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