A Ferrari-powered replica of one of the world’s most famous rally cars is for sale in Europe.
A modern interpretation of a 1970s motorsport icon with Ferrari DNA is for sale in Denmark, with the rare sports car being listed at 6.35 million Danish kroner – the equivalent of US$1.33 million in Australian currency.
Listed by Danish company Selected car investmentMAT Stratos is a Ferrari F430 in a Lancia-inspired body that celebrates one of the most iconic cars in rally history.
Between 1974 and 1981, the original Lancia Stratos won 18 world rallies and became one of the most successful cars of its time – but it was its distinctive wedge design, short wheelbase and 2.4-litre Ferrari V6 engine that earned it the status of a brought in cult classics.
While Lancia produced fewer than 500 examples of the Stratos from 1973 to 1978, its legacy has since inspired a modern Ferrari-based reboot.
In 2011, Italian design house Pininfarina and German businessman Michael Stoschek teamed up to build a modern replica of the Lancia Stratos based on the contemporary Ferrari F430.
The project was rejected by Ferrari less than a year later, but resumed in 2018 when Italian coachbuilder Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) announced its intention to build a limited edition of 25 cars.
The listing claims that MAT has only built eight Stratos replicas to date, all based on the Ferrari F430 supercar.
This particular example is based on the lightweight special edition Ferrari 430 Scuderia offered in 2007 from £172,500 ($303,500 AU today). A 2009 example on the UK website car and classic is currently listed for £154,995 (AU$272,750).
According to British publication EvoThe Ferrari F430 to Stratos MAT conversion package costs over £500,000 (AU$880,000) not including the donor car price.
To accommodate the Stratos body, MAT shortened the chassis of the Ferrari F430 by 200mm between the wheels – giving it the look of the original short wheelbase sports car.
Like the original Stratos, MAT’s creation is powered by a Ferrari engine carrying the F430’s 4.3-liter V8 from the donor car. More than 400 kW is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed single-clutch automatic transmission.
While there are many Ferrari parts underneath the Stratos, its bodywork is completely bespoke and clad in Lancia’s iconic ‘Alitalia’ competition livery – thanks to sponsorship by the Italian national airline in the 1970s – which was seen on some of the Italian marque’s most successful cars racing cars.
Inside, the MAT Stratos retains a number of existing Ferrari parts – including the steering wheel and dashboard – but gains unique appointments such as racing seats and door panels that can fit a racing helmet, further paying homage to the original Lancia.
Selected Car Investment claims that this car has traveled around 4000 km since the MAT conversion, although it is not known how many km it traveled when it was still a Ferrari.
If your pockets aren’t deep enough to justify this Ferrari-based homage, niche companies are offering the Lancia Stratos as a build-your-own kit-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, although power is now drawn from an Alfa Romeo ‘Busso’ V6 engine.
Pre-owned examples of the LB STR have sold for more than £70,000 (AU$123,200) in the UK.