For the 2nd day of this LaLD Car Week, I chose the most maniacal rally car of them all - the Lancia Stratos HF. Featuring the white, green and red Alitalia livery with yellow racing wheels, the Bertone designed Stratos was the 1st car designed from scratch for rallying.
Powerd by a Ferrari V6 from the Dino, the Stratos HF won the World Rally Championship in 3 consecutive years (1974, ‘75 and ‘76) and would have continued that spree, had Fiat (which owned Lancia) not decided to replace the Stratos with the Fiat Abarth 131 as the group’s offical WRC entry in 1977.
The Stratos continued to win races though finishing with 18 WRC race victories, the last of which came in 1981. Three of those 18 wins came at the famed Rallye Monte Carlo in 1975, ‘76 and ‘77, driven by Sandro Munari.
I actually have this model in 2 scales from 2 different manufacturers. This particular one is a 1/58 scale model from the Tomica Premium line.
This Tomica Premium model does not have all the details from Sandro Munari’s real #1 car (for starters, the antenna and the mud flaps are missing), but this is still a striking model.