The Lancia Stratos is one of the prettiest cars. It sounds amazing. It ruled rally. One can even draw a line from the conception of the Stratos to the beginnings of Group B rally. Part of it's appeal comes from it's heart: a Dino V6.
There's something special about Ferrari, There is no way to deny it. Whether your love roots from the classic 250 GTO, to the oft-lauded F40, to the cocaine fueled Testarossa, to the mind bendingly fast F12, nearly everyone has one Ferrari that they can appreciate. I don't like when people use passion to describe most cars, but for Ferrari, it almost always seems appropriate. When Ferrari supplied the Dino V6 engine to the Lancia Stratos, they perfected the car. It was exactly what the car needed.
The Stratos wasn't a car that was around long. It was built for 5 years and only 450 were made. It was always well loved by rally fans and car fans in general. One particular car fan, Michael Stoschek, decided to bring it back. He bought the rights for the name from Lancia, contracted Pininfarina to design a new Stratos. They did, and they did big. The New Stratos was built on a Ferrari F430 chassis that had been shortened. It was improved and lightened. The 4.3L V8 had more power and the car had less weight. This all came at gratuitous expense, but it was worth it. The New Stratos was beautiful. Mr. Stoschek had plans in place where Pininfarina would build each one and he was bankrolling the whole thing.
But then Ferrari stepped in. They said he couldn't use the F430. They couldn't stop Stoschek as he was planning to buy the cars and strip them. Then Mr. Montezemolo told Pininfarina that if they built the New Stratos, Ferrari would no longer do business with them. And that was the end of it.
Ferrari ruined our best chance at one of the most beautiful cars ever made, recreated.
Once I can afford a Lister Bell STR, I plan on building one. Images courtesy of Google image search.