The Lancia Stratos is similar to the Shelby Cobra in the sense that those few originals were never as well built (and engineered) as some of the later replicas. However, this Neon Giallo HF Stradale from 1977 is something truly special: a single owner car with 24,000 miles on the clock, that's been totally restored by Ferrari-specialist DK Engineering.
After blowing people's mind with Bertone's Lancia Fulvia-based Stratos Zero concept at the 1970 Turin Auto Show, Lancia unveiled its Dino V6-powered rally car the following year.
However, Enzo Ferrari wouldn't supply them with engines before he was done selling his Dinos, which delayed production until late 1973. Lancia was set to build 500 of its fiberglass-bodied race cars to satisfy the Group 4 homologation needs, and managed to finish around 492, after the Group 4 production requirement was reduced to 400 units.
While the Stratos "High Fidelity" went on winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976, the yellow car DK Engineering has for sale was kept away from the stages.
Specced with Dark Blu half leather seats and Rosso carpets, it was sold to an Italian in 1977, who also acquired two other Group 4 Stratos race cars to compete in rallies, thus keeping this mostly in the garage. DK Engineering bought if from him in 2015, spending the last two years doing a nut and bolt restoration while preserving the factory materials wherever possible.
Complete with a fully synchronized 5-speed dogleg manual gearbox and switches that could have come out of a first-generation Fiat Panda, this Lancia Stratos HF Stradale is an exceptional car, waiting for a lucky buyer at DK's showroom just outside London. For more images of this bright yellow wonder we all want, please .