Based near Newark in Nottinghamshire, LB Specialist Cars was founded  in March 2010 under the name ListerBell Automotive by Craig & Lydia White.

The name was derived from Bell which was a family name and Lister was taken from the Lister Arms in Malham, North Yorkshire where Craig worked whilst attending the UCLan in Preston. Craig has been involved with the sports car industry since 1989 when by coincidence he found himself on the doorstep of Litton Cars in Halton Gill. A short conversation with the owner Steve Greenwood led to an introduction not only into the world of kit cars but also to the Lancia Stratos & the replicas which it inspired.

This chance meeting started a career path which leads us to where we are today. Drawing on the experience gained by working with such companies as Gardner Douglas and Ultima Sports Cars we finally had the necessary experience in specialist car construction, chassis development, fabrication and composites to do justice to a Stratos recreation which was engineered for this millennium.

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Every effort has been made to replicate the original Stratos body to the point where it accepts all the original catches, lights, fittings & glazing to ensure it satisfies the most critical of enthusiasts.

When it came time to design the STR, our interpretation of the Lancia Stratos, we wanted to build a car that paid homage to the original Lancia but also one that wasn’t constrained by the use of rare or outdated components in an attempt to create either a rivet replica or a continuation car. 
With other established companies in the UK already producing their interpretations of the iconic car we needed to come to the market with a product that was either more authentic than the other companies or with one which was engineered to a level more appropriate to this millennium.

Given that a replica can never really be authentic due to its space frame chassis design, its fibreglass body construction and the realisation that not many people would really specify a Ferrari Dino V6, then the logical path was to approach the build the car from an engineering perspective rather than that of authenticity. Drawing on our previous experiences whilst building Ultima’s, Cobra replicas & the Corse Stratos kits and also by speaking to owners of all previous marques of replica we learnt what the limitations and pitfalls of these types of car were. We then started with a clean sheet of paper and designed the chassis from the ground up which allowed us to design in features which had previously been absent from other marques.

Once we had set ourselves on this path then we created a short list of essential features which we wanted to include in the car. We still wanted the car to tick the boxes for those who are passionate about the traditional aspects of the Stratos so we retained the visual appearance of the rear chassis cradle, we wanted to retain the suspension layout and it was essential that we could fit the 15” Coffin spoke wheels which had become de rigueur in the replica market.

Once we had established the basics of the traditional appearance we then started work on the extras we could add in. Firstly we wanted to have the option of air conditioning, other replicas had no facility for the routing of AC pipes from the engine bay to the front of the car so we designed this in from chassis number 2.

Whilst we wanted to retain the suspension layout from the original the components used on the original car were not readily available so we designed our own billet alloy uprights from scratch which allowed us set our own geometry and it also allowed us to design in a 4 piston brake caliper package from the outset. This was sized specifically so that the aforementioned 15” wheels could be fitted without complication.

Even before we launched the company we had been working on new moulds for the bodywork and these have evolved over the last 8 years so that in addition to the recognised body shapes of Stradale, Gp4 square arch and Gp4 round arch, along with all of the additional options associated with a full rally replica we can now also offer heated front screens and correctly E marked glass side screens.

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All of these developments have helped to eliminate some of the notoriety associated with the driving experience of an original Stratos and the STR has become a much more predictable and neutral car which you can drive briskly without fear of the rear end overtaking you mid corner. The STR is equally at home whether it is being used as a fast road GT car or as a track day fun car.


Here is an example of a Gp4 round arch factory finished STR