There are few cars more iconic than the Lancia Stratos. Its wedge shape and rally origins have taken the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere, elevating it to a sort of legendary status as a full-blown collector car. This one's been modified for Group 4 rally use, and you should buy it.
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Stratos chassis number 1526 underwent a full restoration starting in 2015, which incorporated the addition of several modernized parts. The car now has a modern braking system, power-assisted steering, a new suspension setup, and carbon fiber body shells front and rear. The biggest improvement of all, though, is the newly rebuilt 2.4-liter Ferrari 65-degree V6. According to the sellers at , thanks to some new internals, it's making a full 303 horsepower. That's a whole lot for something as lightweight as the Stratos.
This Stratos is fully certified by the FIA to race in vintage rally events, which means the new owner will be able to experience the car as it was originally meant to be driven: On tight dirt-covered stage roads. And because it's not totally original, they shouldn't have to worry so much about roughing it up on-course.
The only thing left to worry about, then, is the price. Europe Auto has the car listed for an eye-watering €780,000 (around $919,000) , which is a whole lot of money—even for a Stratos. A contributing factor may be the cost of the restoration—around €250,000 ($292,500), according to . Though it may not be the most original Stratos on the planet, that might be a for someone out there interested in using the car as it was meant to be used, rather than buying it to have it sit in a collection undriven.