Paryskie Retromobile ruszyło pełną parą, pierwsze klasyki znalazły już swoich nowych właścicieli. Wśród nich ta fenomenalna Lancia 037 Stradale, uliczna wersja bezkompromisowej tylnonapędowej konstrukcji, która niegdyś rządziła na rajdowych trasach, objeżdżając czteronapędowe Audi Quattro. Tu – od pierwszego właściciela, w pełni oryginalnym i kolekcjonerskim stanie. To jedna z zaledwie 207 wyprodukowanych sztuk. Cena: 336 tys. euro plus prowizja.
4 February 2015
1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sold for €336.000
Chassis no. ZLA151AR0 00000045
Engine no. 232AR400125
205 bhp, 1,995 cc DOHC supercharged inline four-cylinder engine with Bosch Kugelfisher fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel Brembo/Abarth disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,240 mm.
Single owner from new; showing less than 14,000 kilometres
Unmodified, factory-original condition
Featured extensively in 037, Ultimo Mito
Accompanied by an original set of books, warranty card, and service book
Retains its original tool set, spare wheel, and jack
New FIA regulations instituted in 1980 spearheaded something of a rebirth for the World Rally Championship by allowing automakers to homologate a relatively small number of road going versions of their racing cars. Lancia turned to Abarth, which was now part of the Fiat-Lancia group, to create Project 037 as a replacement for the highly regarded Stratos HF. Expectations in Turin were so high that Pininfarina and Dallara were also called upon for their input.
Kevlar reinforced with fibreglass formed the 037’s race-bred body, itself designed to emulate the Beta-based Montecarlo/Scorpion. However, a lift of the bonnet and boot lids revealed a massive steel subframe, a solid indication that the 037 shared little more than its silhouette with any production model. Initially, the 037 Stradale featured a 205 hp, 2.0-litre supercharged four-cylinder based on the Fiat-Abarth 131 engine. A five-speed gearbox sent power from the mid-mounted motor to the rear wheels, which is an important footnote given the rally’s shift shortly thereafter to all-wheel drive.
Rally-prepped 037s debuted at Costa Smeralda in 1982, and the marque captured the constructors' title the next year, despite fierce competition from Audi’s vaunted Quattro system. Walter Röhrl and Markku Alen etched their names in motorsports history by being the last drivers to capture the constructors' title in a rear-wheel-drive rally car.
Chassis number 045, one of just two hundred seven homologated 037s built, including the initial pre-production models, has had just one owner from new. This 037 shows under 14,000 kilometres of light use and was properly maintained and cared for, as reflected by its essentially showroom-original condition. This car, archetypal of the 037, is swathed in gleaming red paint over a black competition-style interior. It is correct in every way, from the hand painted “45” under the front and rear bonnets to the original flashlight in the passenger side. The Lancia even includes its original Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres that it wore when new. Unlike many 037 Stradales, this Lancia has not been modified for anything beyond road use and is surely one of the finest examples.
This Lancia is extensively featured in the Italian book on the model, 037, Ultimo Mito, and it is undoubtedly also one of the best-known examples of the ultimate rear-wheel-drive rally machine.