The Lancia Stratos is one of the most successful purpose-built rally cars of all time, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. That’s made the car a household name among rallying fans, but its outlandish Bertone wedge design can also be credited with helping the car go down in history.
Just 492 examples of the Stratos were produced between 1972 and 1978, eight short of the 500 examples needed to make the car legal uner the FIA’s homologation regulations. Like the rally-going version, the production Stratos was powered by a 2.4-liter Ferrari Dino V6 engine, however it was presented in a lower state of tune and churned out 190 horsepower instead of the race car’s 275 horsepower.
Now, wealthy car collectors have the opportunity to own one of the rare Stratos after a blue example popped up for sale by Dubai collector car dealership Tomini Classics. The car has been enjoyed thoroughly, showing 44,000 miles on its odometer, however it has undergone some restoration work and Tomini maintains its engine and gearbox remain in “impressive,” condition.
Further adding to this car’s provenance is its originality. All paint and material finishes are factory-correct and it has not been modified in any way. The original manual and sales brochure is also included in the sale, representing the meticulous care the car has received throughout its lifetime.
Check out the listing here.