Lot 258: 1975 Lancia Stratos Stradale
The Lancia Stratos represents a high point in Lancia sporting history and showed the world a new definition of the ultimate rally car. Yet its birth was merely a matter of coincidence. At the 1970 Turin motor show, Bertone displayed a futuristic design study, a fabulous creation of Marcello Gandini. The Italian coachbuilder had built both the body, with its extreme wedge style, single front door and chassis. The mechanical parts originated from the Lancia Fulvia and were mounted in central configuration. In this form, the car, which had taken the name Stratos after someone suggested that it looked like it came from the stratosphere, was beautiful but rather impractical. Lancia decided to order a more practical version of the car and Cesare Fiorio, racing manager of the marque, made it clear that this new model had to be planned as a competition vehicle. Bertone introduced the resulting prototype at the Turin motor show of 1971.Lancia experimented with both the 2-litre Fiat 132 engine and the 2.4-liter Dino V6 engine developed by Ferrari but only the latter was ever produced. The first big success for the Stratos came in September 1973 when Munari won the Tour de France. Not only was the speed of the Stratos proven but so was the reliability. Lancia then began production of the 500 cars scheduled to obtain homologation in Group 4 which was achieved in October 1974. There has always been a debate about the real number of cars produced although 350 seems a more likely figure. Since its debut, Lancia's formidable weapon has scored no fewer than eighty-two international wins, fourteen of them in world championship events. This fine example of the legendary Stratos was first delivered to Switzerland and subsequently imported in 1988 from the Lancia works driver, Claudio Magliolli to Italy where it was registered on the 28th July 1988. Since then, it has only had two more owners where it was used for occasional outings and classic car meetings. It represents a straight and honest example of the first series practically untouched since new. All body panels are numbered and match which prove the unusual authenticity of this car. It is also an original Stradale or street version, presenting very well indeed. The original fibreglass body shell is in very good order. The interior has excellent dashboard, instruments, re-trimmed tan-coloured seats and new red carpets. Not for the faint hearted. Der Stratos mit der Fahrgestell-Nr. 829 ARO 001916 wurde erstmals 1975 mt der Schweizerischen Matrikel-Nr. AG 6724-88 zugelassen. 1988 holte der bekannte Lancia-Werksfahrer Claudio Maglioli den Wagen nach Italien, wo er am 28. Juli 1988 mit dem Kennzeichen CR 402100 zugelassen wurde. Bis heute hat dieser Stratos nur zwei weitere Besitzer gehabt, die ihn fr gelegentliche Ausfahrten und Klassiker-Treffen eingesetzt haben.
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