Tuesday, February 18, 2020

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone

The Lancia Stratos is one of the most successful rally cars ever built. Eventually earning its first win in 1973, by 1974 it was on its way to supremacy in Group 4 rallying. Entry into that year’s World Rally Championship required a homologation of 500 road-legal units, and production commenced in 1973. Only 492 examples were completed as the Group 4 production requirement was lowered to 400 units. With a recent restoration to concours standards, chassis no. 001976 is one of the finest examples to be offered in years.
The Ferrari Dino V6 engine was phased out in 1974, but 500 engines - among the last built - were delivered to Lancia. The car made 188 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 166 lb⋅ft at 4,000 rpm, giving a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.8 seconds, and a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph). Production ended in 1975.
The car won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles as well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally.

This example appears at RM Sotheby's and carries an estimate of $500k to $600k.