How much would you pay for a nearly 40-year-old car with less than 200 horsepower? Why not half a million bucks?
Every motorsport fan has a favorite driver, a favorite team and a favorite car, but how many can mention a favorite racing car livery, so easily? Fortunately, I can think of many—and that’s why, in my regular series, we’ll be bringing you a collection of outstanding examples of motor racing liveries, both well-known…
If we're going to talk about concept cars, the Bertone Lancia Stratos HF Zero is kind of a basic bitch, pumpkin spice latte choice. Everyone knows it and everyone loves it. I don't even care. It's amazing and I love staring at it.
Lego builder Piterx makes gorgeously detailed Technic replicas of real-life vehicles. The latest is a motorsports legend: The Lancia Stratos, one of the most fearsomely beautiful cars to ever blast down a rally stage. And thanks to dual R/C motors, this Piterx model is as fast and drift-happy as its real-life brethren.
Most drives in cars are just that: drives, in cars. But every now and then, a drive is more than just a drive. It's a deeply transformative experience.
The Lancia Stratos of Italians Sandro Munari and Mario Manucci during the 44th Monte Carlo Rally in Monaco, on Jan. 21, 1976. Munari and Manucci went onto win the Rally. (AP Photo)
Er, more than a little bit.
The Lancia Stratos and the Lancia 037 are among the greatest rally cars every designed – one was the first purpose-built rally car, the other was the last rear-drive rally car to ever win a world championship. They are jewels in Italy's motoring crown, and these two were made in New Zealand.
For £40,000 ($65,000), Lister Bell will build you the Lancia Stratos you always wanted. One that works.
You can make an easy case for the legendary Stratos being one of the greatest cars of all time. Bold, brutal, and bizarre, it's just so evocative. And here's what it's like to own one.
Yes, that’s a Ford Escort flying through the air into a Lancia Stratos, pushing the Italian car out of the racing line. It is one of the most hilarious moves I’ve ever seen in motorsports, I just don’t know what race it’s from.
The race you're watching finished 21 years ago. The results are in the public record, the championship is decided. So why is it so exciting to watch? Oh right, Stratos.
I'm going to appeal to your sense of decency today, Jalops. Most of you are kind, generous and giving people. That's why I'm asking you to give a certain car a good home.
Mostly, new-product launches are as exciting as watching Chris O'Donnell in a checkers match. But Pirelli chose the foothils of the Italian Alps to launch a new line of tires for historic rally cars. Historic rally cars, you say?
The revived Lancia Stratos engineered into reality by a German millionaire was expected to spawn 40 copies for wealthy fans of the resurrected rally champion. That plan has now been blocked by a key player — Ferrari.
It is, instead, a Ford. A European Ford. It’s lightweight, it’s mid-engined, and it's designed to race. It’s called the GT70. It was also dead before it was born.
The Lancia Stratos HF Group 4 rally car is the most iconic woods-whipper in history, so it's fitting der neue Stratos would eventually get painted in Alitalia livery. Why would you order a New Stratos any other way?