The original design concept for the Lancia Stratos Zero (Stratolimite) was conceived in 1969 by Marcello Gandini, then working for the Turin Carrozzeria, Gruppo Bertone and was first shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1970 and was immediately grasped by the Rally Team Manager, Cesare Fiorio of Lancia Automobiles S.p.A as being an ideal, purpose built replacement for the competition rally and racing version of the then highly successful Lancia Fulvia HF (High Fidelity).
The Stratos HF utilised the race-proven Ferrari designed 2.4-litre V6 engine, which it also shared with various versions of Ferrari and Fiat Dino cars.
In order to qualify for participation as a production car in the World Rally Championship, Lanica was required to build (Homologate) 500 cars in 1974 and the Stratos went on to win the Group 4 Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 & 1976.
This Stradale (Street) version was built on Friday 29 November, 1974 with Giallo (Yellow) paintwork, gold carpets and electric blue alcantara seat fabric and was delivered new to Switzerland after which it spent time in Belgium, Japan and America before arriving in Australia in 2012 after which a ground-up restoration was undertaken.
This restored Stratos made its first public appearance at the 2014 Australian Motorclassica show where it was awarded first place in the “Modern Classic Sports Performance (UK/Europe) Class” and it’s now considered ready for competing at the world’s premier event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.