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1974 LANCIA STRATOS








1974 LANCIA STRATOS
ID# 829AR0000003
THE STRATOS WAS CONCEIVED BY LANCIA AS A PLATFORM FOR IT'S ASPIRATIONS TO DOMINATE THE WORLD OF RALLYING IN THE 1970S. THE MID-ENGINED SPORTS CAR DESIGN (BASED LOOSELY ON A BERTONE CONCEPT CAR DISPLAYED AT THE TURIN MOTOR SHOW IN 1970) FITTED WITH THE POWERFUL AND ROBUST FERRARI DINO V6 ENGINE WOULD BE A PERFECT FOIL FOR THE PORSCHE 911S AND ALPINE-RENAULTS OF THE PERIOD.
THE STRATOS WAS CERTAINLY NEVER INTENDED AS A SERIOUS PRACTICAL ROAD CAR AND ONLY 492 PRODUCTION CARS WERE EVER BUILT. THIS NUMBER WAS JUST ENOUGH TO FULFILL THE PREVAILING GROUP 4 HOMOLOGATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE TIME.
STRATOS LIVED UP TO THE AMBITIONS OF IT'S CREATORS, THE LANCIA MARQUE AND STYLISTS FROM BERTONE. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND CELEBRATED RALLY CARS OF ALL TIME, ALTHOUGH LANCIA WOULD SCORE MORE SUCCESS LATER WITH THE DELTA INTEGRALE.THE MID-ENGINED "HOMOLOGATION SPECIAL" PROVIDED LANCIA WITH THREE SUCCESSIVE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES, FROM 1974 TO 1976.