As the last rear wheel drive vehicle to win a World Rally Championship, the Lancia 037 needs no introduction. And this particular vehicle, chassis 0057, is one of the most significant stradale variants produced.
It was delivered new to Giancarlo Gianetti, who was one of the main contributors to the 037 program and a well-known collector of rally Lancias and Alfa Romeos. Giancarlo’s firm, L.M. Gianetti, in Torino, was an engineering and fabrication firm that developed and produced engine and suspension components for the 037 corsa program. Due to Gianetti’s connection to the 037 development program, 0057 was able to receive a number of very special and significant upgrades when it was built.
Accompanying documentation, dated 15 November 1984 and signed by Giorgio Pianta, the legendary Lancia test driver and rally team technical director, outlines 0057’s very special specification. The stradale 1995cc, 205bhp engine was uprated to 2111 cc Evolution 2 specification, with special crankshaft, pistons and rods, enlarged head, increased lift and duration camshafts, and large valves, as well as alloy pulleys and lightweight flywheel. In this form, the engine saw 249bhp at 680 rpm on the test bench.
To cope with the extra power, 0057 received a reinforced clutch and special hardened gear sets. Rounding out the work, the car received reinforced rally wishbones with adjustable rod ends, adjustable competition-type front shock absorbers, special tarmac springs, and modified front subframe with Evolution 1 radiator. Finally, stopping power was upgraded with Evolution 2 brake discs and calipers.
A stradale 037 born with such special specification, delivered to an integral player in the 037’s legend, with only 8000km from new and in excellent original condition, certainly makes this one of the most special rally homologation vehicles extant.