1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale


1973→1978 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.

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1973 – 1978
built atTurin, Italy
body stylistMarcello Gandini
coachbuilderBertone
production492
engine65° Dino V6
positionMid Transverse
aspirationNatural
block materialCast Iron Block w/Aluminum Head
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed40 IDF 28/29 Weber Carburetors
displacement2418 cc / 147.56 in³
bore92.5 mm / 3.64 in
stroke60 mm / 2.36 in
compression9.0:1
power141.7 kw / 190.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output78.58 bhp per litre
bhp/weight193.88 bhp per tonne
torque225.07 nm / 166.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameMonocoque Steel Spaceframe
driven wheelsRWD
front tires205/70ZR14 XWX
rear tires205/70ZR14 XWX
front brakesGirling vented disks w/ATE 2 piston-Piston Cast Iron Calipers
f brake size22 x 271 mm / 0.87 x 10.67 in
rear brakesGirling vented disks w/ATE 2 piston-Piston Cast Iron Calipers
r brake size20 x 271 mm / 0.79 x 10.67 in
front wheelsF 35.6 x 19.1 cm / 14.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheelsR 35.6 x 19.1 cm / 14.0 x 7.5 in
f suspensionWindbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Lower Wishbone, Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anit-Roll Bar
curb weight980 kg / 2161 lbs
wheelbase2180 mm / 85.8 in
front track1433 mm / 56.4 in
rear track1457 mm / 57.4 in
length3710 mm / 146.1 in
width1750 mm / 68.9 in
height1110 mm / 43.7 in
transmissionFerrari Dino 5-Speed Manual
tran clutchSingle dry plate
gear ratios3.554:1, 2.459:1, 1.781:1, 1.32:1, 0.986:1
final drive3.824:1
top speed~232 kph / 144.07 mph
0 – 100 kph~6.8 seconds

Auction Sales History

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 829AR0 001571 – sold for €431,200 Rare Stradale variant in original pistachio green. Production version of the three-time World Rally Championship sensation. Attractive and largely unrestored low-mileage example. Auction Source: Villa Erba 2015 by RM Sothebys

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1977 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 829AR0*001819* – sold for €386,400. Single owner from new; showing less than 39,000 kilometres. Includes its original Italian registration. A World Rally legend; one of fewer than 500 built.The Stratos HF Stradale offered here is a single-owner car with its original engine, and it has been untouched since its delivery to Italy in 1977. It currently still wears its original neon yellow exterior and its original wheels, and it has been unaltered from new. Inside, the dark blue Alcantara seats with red upholstery remain in exceptional condition. The odometer reads only 38,554 kilometres since 1977. Auction Source: 2015 Paris by RM Auctions

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 829AR0 001527 – sold for $660,000 A true “time capsule” example; incredibly original and unmolested. One owner from new, with only 4,476 kilometers on the odometer. Original Lancia delivery documents, owner’s manual, tool kit, and jack. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 829AR0*001880* – sold for $376,750 Continuous ownership history since 1982. Radical, advanced design by Marcello Gandini. Attractive, largely unrestored example. Production version of the three-time World Rally Championship sensation. Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale 829ARO*001556 – sold for $429,000 A Rare and Important Lancia Model. One of Only 492 Examples Built. Groundbreaking High-Performance Chassis with Show-Car Styling. Carefully Preserved by One Swiss Owner for 35 Years. Highly Original Unrestored Condition. 56,500 KM (36,350 Miles) and Two Owners from New. Recently Serviced by Italian Car Specialist Tom Straubinger. Offered with Original Lancia Warranty Book and Records Dating to 1976. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction

1973→1978 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1976 Lancia Stratos ‘Stradale’ – sold for €299,600. Originally delivered to Dr Rudolf Wiespointner of Wels, Austria in 1976, this particular Stratos has spent its life in Austria, with only two registered owners from new. Dr Wiespointer retained the Stratos for 23 years, selling it in 1999 to Rudolf Bromberger of Vienna. With only 43,000 kilometres since new, and the beneficiary of a recent restoration, this Lancia presents itself very well. The classic blue finish reveals an attention to paint quality and panel fit rarely, if ever, seen when these cars were new. Opening the large hinged front and rear panels reveals suspension components and an engine compartment in virtually unused condition, showing factory correct finishes. The original engine and gearbox were not restored and can be found in excellent condition as well. Included are also the original workshop manual and sales brochure. Proper gold-finished wheels lend a wonderful period look, and the black roof and rear decklid spoilers are emblematic of the purposeful design for which these cars are known. Auction Source: Monaco 2012 by RM Auctions