Lancia Stratos revival in the works? (image via Italiaspeed.com)Enlarge Photo
Pictures of a new Lancia Stratos testing at a Fiat test track peaked into the public sphere last week. Though there was no word from the big Italian firm, rumors started to spread around about the rebirth of a rally supercar.
After the excitement of the pictures died down, several sources stated that this car was a wealthy-persons dream brought to life. If you have enough money, you can get anything built; just take a look at the Ferrari P4/5, a one-off Enzo built by Pininfarina for James Glickenhaus. The design house wants to start building these special cars, and newer pictures of a Stratos mock-up photographed on their roof didn’t help. The Stratos was designed by Jason Castriota (designer of the Ferrari 599 GTB) during both his stints at Bertone and Pininfarina, neither company has taken credit for the running car that drove around the track.
Now, Car and Driver is stating that the car isn’t some play-toy for a rich individual. Instead the Stratos seems to be headed for a limited production run. The magazine points to the Alfa Romeo 8C, a supercar that barely had any traits similar to the other cars in the lineup and was built in small numbers. The prices could start at $80,000 and could go up from there.
However, don’t overlook the millionaire rumor just yet. Car and Driver also states that somebody outside of Fiat put up the money to develop the car. Here at Sports Car Monitor, we say the person should be called “Philanthropist of the Year.”
[Source: Car and Driver]