The Lancia Stratos HF (“High Fidelity”) of the 1970s is one remarkable machine – and a remarkably rare one, at that. Just 492 of the Bertone-designed, mid-engine sportscars are believed to have been built, enough to meet the 400-unit minimum required for Group 4 rally homologation in 1976, each with a 2.4-liter Dino V6 supplied by Ferrari. The car killed in the World Rally Championship at the time, taking the high spot on the podium each year from 1974 through 1976.
Now, if you can believe it, one of those 492 road-going examples has made its way onto automotive auction site Bring A Trailer. With just over 22 hours left on the auction, the matching-numbers Lancia Stratos HF from Texas has a high bid of $360k, with roughly 44k miles on the odometer. It spent nearly four decades in Italy before being acquired by an American dealer, according to the listing, and received a comprehensive mechanical servicing just this year. The Lancia is being sold with original title work, original insurance and registration slips, importation papers, the original owner’s manual, a slew of data booklets, and a copy of the book Lancia Stratos 1972-1985 by R.M. Clarke.
The Ferrari-supplied, 2.4-liter Dino V6 was shared with the Fiat Dino and Ferrari’s own Dino 246. In the road-going Lancia Stratos HF, it made 190 horsepower, and was capable of propelling the lightweight (approx. 2,160-pound) sportscar to 60 mph in a reported 6.8 seconds via a 5-speed transaxle.
This Lancia Stratos HF auction on Bring A Trailer presents a singularly uncommon chance to own a super-rare, distinctive Italian rally car with Bertone styling and Ferrari power. It may not wear the legendary Ferrari emblem itself, but it’s hard to care when presented with such a beautiful example of wedge-shaped ’70s excellence.
(H/T: The Drive)