1973 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

Built from scratch to contest World Rally, the Stratos was the first of its kind. It practically changed the sport, and started a new era in rally when manufacturers created thinly disguised race cars to homologate as production cars.

Roughly based on a dramatic concept car released by Bertone at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the production version was seen a year later and had everyone looking twice. Aside from its short, wide and wedge-shaped body by Bertone, the Stratos had all the hallmarks of a winning race car.

Every Stratos used a mid-mounted Ferrari V6, but in varying states of tune. For instance, 280 bhp turbocharged versions were permitted to race in the Group 5 class, while the 400 road cars used a standard spec 190 bhp engine.

In 1973, the Stratos was produced in sufficient numbers to homologate it in Group 4 and it won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championships in the capable hands of Sandro Munari.

Lancia Stratos,
Baujahr 1976, V6, 2400 ccm, 194 PS, Farbe blau,
fotografiert bei www.classica.cc

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