The LB Specialist Cars STR is a reimagination of the iconic 1970’s Lancia Stratos.
In 1970 at the Turin Motor show Lancia debuted the Stratos Zero concept car. This wedge shaped car was a radical concept which featured a Fulvia V4 engine. The styling of the car was unique and the Stratos name was born. A year later at the same show Lancia presented the Bertone designed Stratos HF prototype, sometimes known as the 1240 car. This car was much closer to the now familiar and iconic Stratos but it was still a concept and featured aluminium front and rear bodywork, a twin wiper system along with a double wishbone rear suspension system. This car was fitted with the Ferrari Dino V6 motor.
During 1972 & 1973 the Stratos was developed and tested in some competitive events under the Gp5 prototype regulations. To compete in the World Rally Championship the car had to comply with FIA Group4 regulations and this meant that 500 examples had to built to prove the car was a production vehicle rather than just a special. At the time other manufacturers were essentially competing in modified versions of their production cars which they produced such as the Ford Escort, the Fiat Abarth 124 and the Opel Ascona.