I am delighted to have been involved with the private treaty sale of this immensely collectable and historic Stratos HF Stradale, a totally original variant, one of the purported 492 built by Lancia but with far fewer known to exist.
Registered in 1977 to its first owner and only a handful since, thankfully #000 has been spared the fashionable trend of fitting rally spec flared arches and fragile coffin star alloys, so it remains with authentic narrow body panels and genuine 14” Campagnolo alloys which despite a few years of paint, remain in excellent condition.
With the hand throttle and choke primed, the Dino V6 fires into life from cold with ease and sounds fantastic! It revs quickly without any smoke and idles smoothly thanks to recent work stripping and adjusting the jets on the carbs. The oil pressure sits calmly at idle whilst rising and falling within the realms one would want to see on throttle.
Body panels numbers are visible inside the front clam and door shut as desired, the front & rear clams and body panels display no signs of historic damage and whilst the paintwork shows signs of age and stone chips, this gives further assurance of the originality and only adds to the overall appeal of this Stratos.
The interior materials are quite clearly still original, from the black vinyl dash to the white perforated headlining and importantly the fawn Suede seat upholstery being in excellent condition. Carpets, lights and switches are all correct and with expert detailing of these materials, the interior is sure to show it primary quality and colours.
• Matching Numbers from first ownership documents
• Genuine one of only 492 STRATOS HF built by the factory
• Totally original and un-restored
• Road version of the 3 times Rally World championship winner