A 2,418cc DOHC Dino V6 engine with triple Weber carburetors, 5-speed manual transmission, 4-wheel independent suspension, and race-spec ventilated disc brakes on all four corners came in both versions of the Stratos. They both also feature a windscreen that curves to offer a nearly 180-degree field of view. This wasn’t so important on the road, but very important in rally driving where there’s a lot of sideways action.
The Lancia Statos HF was very successful when it started racing in Group 4 in 1974 and won the World Championship that year. It repeated the feat in 1975 and 1976 until it was replaced by the Fiat 131 Abarth. A total of 490 units were built with this one set to go to auction through RM Sotheby’s at the Villa Erba on May 23rd.