This rare 1976 Lancia Stratos HF wears eye-searing blue paint over its Bertone-designed bodywork, yellow suede interior and Ferrari Dino 2.4 liter V6. Find it for sale here at RM’s upcoming Monaco Auction.
When the general public first gazed at the Lancia Stratos HF prototype at the 1971 Turin Auto show, many stood in shocked disbelief as if Lancia just announced production of an alien spacecraft. In a way, they had. Painted fluorescent red and shaped like a doorstop—with a wheelbase not much longer—the Stratos prototype looked like nothing else and signified otherworldly performance.
Lancia designed the Stratos with the World Rally Championship squarely in sight and to that end built the 500 hundred cars required to legally race the Stratos as a production car. Actually, they built a total of 492 but World Rally Championship scrutineers approved the Stratos as a production car and the rally world was never the same. With an incredibly short wheelbase allowing the Stratos alarmingly quick direction changes and a Ferrari Dino V6 providing more than enough power to rocket the little coupe across any surface, the Lancia Stratos would win the 1974, ’75, and ’76 World Rally Championship titles.
This particular street Stratos shows impeccable condition with clean and blemish-free paint, interior and engine bay. From every angle the Lancia looks ready for spirited driving or the concours field. And what other car looks so good with blue paint, blue carpets, yellow suede seats and gold wheels?
If it were ours we’d get used to people’s stares by enjoying it on the street and entering it in high-end concours d’elegance.