If you're looking for a vintage race car with some pedigree, it doesn't get much better than this Lancia Stratos. Converted to Group 4 spec in 1977, it's been racing ever since. Now, after passing through several owners who used it in rallies and hillclimbs across Europe, it's .
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According to the seller, Gipi Motors in Belgium, this Stratos was completed by the factory on April 20th, 1976, and sold to its first owner a year later. It was raced once in 1977 by the first owner before being sold to a private race team, which used it compete in hillclimb events and circuit races in 1978. The driver for the team bought the car, and continued to enter it into hillclimb events in 1979.
It was then sold to a racer who had it prepped to run stage rallies, which it did throughout Italy in 1980 and 1981. In July, 1981, a drunk driver crashed head-on into the car during a test session on public roads. Thankfully, that's not where its story ends. It was repaired using part of a spare Stratos chassis, though the seller doesn't know just how extensive the repairs were.
The car was sold again, this time to another rally driver, who raced the car throughout 1982. After that, the car was bought by Mauro Scanavino, president of the National Association of Italian Automobilisti, a sanctioning body that organized hillclimb and autocross-type events throughout Italy. He would go on to race the Stratos until 1995 when he sold the car to a dealer. In 2001, the car was passed onto yet another hillclimb driver, who raced the car up until 2007. It was then passed between dealerships until 2010, when ex-Formula 1 driver Erik Comas took ownership in 2010. He would go onto win the Tour Auto historic rally in 2013.
In 2015, the car was purchased by another dealer before being acquired by Gipi Motors in 2016. It was then given a full restoration before being listed . The sellers don't give an asking price, but we wouldn't be surprised to see this car sell around the half-million dollar range. A Lancia Stratos is an expensive thing these days, and it might go for even more, considering the race history of this particular one.