Tribute to Ferrari-based Lancia Stratos for sale in Denmark

A Ferrari-powered replica of one of the world’s most iconic rally cars has gone on sale in Europe.

A modern interpretation of a 1970s motoring icon with Ferrari DNA has gone on sale in Denmark, with the rare sports car listed for 6.35 million Danish kroner, equivalent to $1.33 million in currency. australian.

Listed by Danish firm Investment in selected carMAT Stratos is a Ferrari F430 dressed in Lancia-inspired bodywork, celebrating one of the most recognizable cars in rally history.

Between 1974 and 1981, the original Lancia Stratos won 18 world rallies, making it one of the most successful cars of the era, but it was its distinctive wedge design, short wheelbase and 2.4-litre Ferrari V6 engine that led it to its cult classic status.

While Lancia produced fewer than 500 examples of the Stratos between 1973 and 1978, its legacy has since inspired a modern Ferrari-based reboot.

In 2011Italian design house Pininfarina and German businessman Michael Stoschek teamed up to build a modern recreation of the Lancia Stratos, based on the contemporary Ferrari F430.

The project was vetoed by Ferrari less than a year later, but it was restarted in 2018 when the Italian coachbuilders Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) announced their intention to build a limited series of 25 cars.

The listing claims that MAT has built just eight Stratos replicas so far, all based on the Ferrari F430 supercar.

This particular example is based on the lightweight, special edition Ferrari 430 Scuderia, which was priced at £172,500 ($AU 303,500 today) in 2007. A 2009 example on the UK website car and classic it is currently trading at £154,995 ($AU 272,750).

According to a UK publication evothe MAT conversion package from a Ferrari F430 to Stratos costs over £500,000 ($AU 880,000), not including the price of the donor car.

To accommodate the bodywork of the Stratos, MAT shortened the chassis of the Ferrari F430 by 200mm between the wheels, giving it the short-wheelbase appearance of the original sports car.

Like the original Stratos, MAT’s creation is powered by a Ferrari engine, carrying the 4.3-litre V8 from the donor car’s F430. More than 400kW is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed single-clutch automatic transmission.

While there are plenty of Ferrari parts under the Stratos, its bodywork is completely bespoke and draped in Lancia’s iconic ‘Alitalia’ competition livery, thanks to the Italian national airline’s sponsorship in the 1970s, which appeared in some one of the most successful of the Italian brand. racecars.

Inside, the MAT Stratos retains several of the existing Ferrari parts, including the steering wheel and dashboard, but gains unique equipment such as racing seats and door panels that can be adapted to a racing helmet, another homage to the original Lancia. .

Selected Car Investment claims that this car has covered around 4000 km since the MAT conversion took place, although it is not known how many kilometers it covered while still a Ferrari.

If your pockets aren’t deep enough to justify this Ferrari-based tribute, niche companies offer the Lancia Stratos as a home-built car or as a turnkey package, like the LB STR.

Built by British firm ListerBell, the STR stays true to the original Lancia Stratos design, though now powered by an Alfa Romeo ‘Busso’ V6 engine.

Pre-owned examples of the LB STR have sold for over £70,000 (A$123,200) in the UK.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found at the weekend behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or cursing in his ZH Fairlane.

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