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Given the number of cars in Jay Leno's collection, plus the ones he just gets to drive, it seems like the number of classics that he hasn't been behind the wheel of could be listed on a Post-It note. However, Jay Leno's Garage viewers are in luck this week because they get to watch the host experience a vehicle for the very first time, and he comes away suitably impressed.
The model in question is a 1967 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato that's owned by auto appraiser and journalist Donald Osborne. It's a good thing that he's around, too, because Jay is pretty clearly out of his element when discussing this beautiful coupe. The two of them end up having a fairly long conversation about not just this car but also the whole history of Lancia.
According to Osborne, the Zagato-bodied version was the top model of the Fulvia range, and the famous coachbuilder made about 7,000 of them between 1965 and 1972. The styling featured a gorgeous mix of razor sharp creases and shapely curves to really set the design apart from its contemporaries, and power came from a 1.3-liter V4 spinning the front wheels.
It's fascinating to watch Leno learning about the car for the first time over the course of the video and then start picking out little details about the Fulvia that he likes. Get educated right along with him in this interesting episode looking at one of the great Lancias.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Lancia's death is sad for many, many reasons, chief among which is the end of its wonderful, wild rally heritage. While the brand might best be known for the Stratos and the Delta HF Integrale, there was another big name model, called the 037, that did its best to live up to the family name.
The last of a dying breed, the 037 debuted as a rear-driver at the dawn of all-wheel-drive dominance. Despite its disadvantage, though, it still captured a WRC championship in 1983, and managed to finish second to Audi in 1984 and Peugeot in 1986. It remains the last rear-drive car to win the WRC title.
As per Group B regulations, Lancia built a limited run of homolgation specials. The street version, the 037 Stradale, sports a 2.0-liter, supercharged Abarth engine - detuned from the rally cars, of course - while this particular example benefits from a rortier exhaust, meaning it produces somewhere around 240 horsepower, according to Toledano.
It's a truly stunning piece, and one worthy of coverage by the team at Petrolicious. Take a look at the video.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The Lancia Stratos might be one of the few cars of the '70s that looks as jaw-droppingly perfect today as the moment it went on sale. For a model that's around 40 years old, the Lancia still looks both mean and modern. Even better, this Italian rally legend can back up its razor-sharp styling too, thanks to its Ferrari V6 mounted behind driver.
Honestly, there might only be one problem with the Stratos. They are so rare that just getting to see one of them is special, and getting to witness them being driven in anger is especially infrequent - until now that is. This video showcases a Stratos in its natural habitat on sinewy European roads packed with hairpins. Through the route with a wall of rock on one side and a cliff on the other, the Lancia's raspy V6 sings a fantastically sweet song right into the driver's (and viewer's) ear.
Enjoy this video of a Stratos taking a driving from multiple angles and fall in love with this '70s rally heartthrob all over again.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The famous Italian coachbuilder and designer Bertone may be on its deathbed. The company that penned the beautiful shape of the Lamborghini Miura has been facing financial hardships for months, and Autocar is reporting that the Turin, Italy firm has just declared bankruptcy.
The last we heard from Bertone, it was showing the Jet 2+2 station wagon based on an Aston Martin Rapide at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Turin-based carrozzeria became famous for its wild designs like the BMW Spicup concept, Lancia Stratos and the initial shape of the Lamborghini Countach. In recent years, it had been limited to creating mostly one-off vehicles.
The company has slowly been shrinking recently. It sold its small factory to Fiat a few years go and let go of 165 employees and 10 interns in December. Bertone has been shopping itself in hopes of finding a new owner. According to PistonHeads, even with the money problems, the business generated 20-million euros ($27.9 million) in revenue in 2013 and has been working on projects in China. A Turkish firm was rumored to be interested in buying it for just $2.7 million, and GT Spirit claims that there are also seven Italian companies potentially interested in purchasing it.
Bertone has a long and proud automotive history, and it wouldn't be surprising if it were bought just for the value of the brand - perhaps we haven't seen the last of its stylized B logo.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Lancia gets a bad rap. Sure, the more modern examples have had a history of rusting and rampant reliability woes, but before that, they were certifiable rally weapons. And even before that, Lancia was just a maker of truly gorgeous cars. Cars like this aluminum-bodied 1967 Flaminia Super Sport, which benefits from the good styling sense of Zagato. It's the latest subject for the team at Petrolicious.
That last part is telling, because Zagato tends to produce designs that are all over the scale of attractiveness. The 1967 Flaminia is certainly a looker. The kink in the C-pillar, which looks like a more dramatic version of BMW's famous Hofmeister kink, is just a great piece of design, while the stylish Kammback rear end and subtly recessed headlights mean this Flaminia looks greak from nearly any angle.
Underhood sits a 2.8-liter V6 that is fed by three two-barrel Weber carbs, and which its owner, Robert Giaimo, claims will allow it to comfortably cruise at 100 miles per hour. This particular example of the Flaminia Super Sport is one of just 150, and is from the very last year of production.
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Like a scene out of Forza Horizon, finding something like an ultra-rare 1972 Lancia Stratos is a dream. The Ferrari-engined, Bertone-bodied rally car is one of the automotive highlights of the 1970s, winning the World Rally Championship three straight times (1974, 1975 and 1976). And while there were some 492 road cars produced, none were formally exported to the United States. Which makes the appearance of this red, Stradale variant quite a find.
It's up for auction at Bonhams, which has a thorough rundown of this particular model. As we said, it's a Stradale (Italian for "street"), designed to fulfill FIA homologation requirements. It uses a detuned variant of the Stratos rally car's 2.4-liter Ferrari V6, with 192 horsepower routed through a five-speed manual transmission. The curb weight sits under 2,200 pounds, which Bonhams estimates will help with the car's claimed 0-60 time of around five seconds.
This car was originally sold in Germany, before being imported to the US late in 1982 by a British national. He took delivery in Albuquerque, and proceeded to drive from there to his home in San Francisco. It was then regularly used for commuting, which must have been a quite a sight. The Stratos was put into storage in 1998 with just over 31,000 miles on the clock, and hasn't been moved since.
Not surprisingly, the auction house gave this Lancia a thorough examination, and found a body that is in "very sound condition," while the car's mechanicals appear complete. It even has the California stamp that signifies it's been federalized.
Bonhams is strongly recommending that this Lancia's new owner give the car a complete, ground-up rebuild. And if you were hoping that might lower the price a bit, you'd be wrong - Bonhams is predicting this particular car will sell at auction for $250,000 to $300,000. It's lot number 189, and will cross the block on August 16, at Pebble Beach. We've no doubt it will find a buyer.Permalink | Email this | Comments
"Lancia Stratos." Say the words, and anyone with an enthusiast bone in their body will proceed to go googly-eyed and giddy at the hearing. The cars were built during the golden age of the World Rally Championship to do precisely one thing: win. In order to do that, Lancia had to build a handful of "street" cars to meet homologation rules at the time. Automotive history would never quite be the same.
Petrolicious recently spent some time with Phillip Toledano and his beautiful blue Stratos to find out what it's like to own a car expressly designed to kill you. Toledano uses phrases like "weapons grade," "invasive surgery," and "barking mad." We wouldn't expect anything less. As usual, the video is drop dead gorgeous, and watching the car bolt through the New York countryside is the stuff of day dreams. Duck below, press play and take a deep breath.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Where do concepts go when their auto show circuit life is over? For many, it's off to the scrap heap, while others manage to find their way into various automotive museums and private collections. Yet it is a select few that enjoy the honor of actually being driven on open roads. What you see here is the latter.
In 1988, design house Italdesign brought its wildly futuristic Aztec Barchetta concept to the Turin Motor Show. Visually, there were a lot of things going on here with the design, including spacecraft-styled rear quarter panels, see-through doors and a bold dual cockpit design. The body was constructed out of aluminum, Kevlar and carbon fiber. Additionally, the coupe features an intercom so the driver and passenger can hold conversations at speed.
While the styling is fit for an auto show floor, the mechanicals are borrowed from some of Europe's rallying greats, including the 250-horsepower five-cylinder of the Audi Quattro and a transmission borrowed from the Lancia Integrale's parts bin.
Yet you'll deduce from the 1992 model year on our headline that this isn't the same car that premiered in Turin in 1988. That's right, this is a street-legal production car. As the story goes, Myakawa, a Japanese industrial corporation, bought the rights to the concept and had German-based Audi tuner, Motoren-Tecknik-Mayer (better known as MTM) produce the Aztec Barchetta in very limited numbers. The first one built performed exhibition laps at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, and the originals sold for hundreds of thousands when new.
Very few were made (estimates vary wildly, from 15 to 50), with this model being assembled in EU spec. The seller, Specialized Vehicle Solutions, Ltd. of Manchester, England, is offering this silver example with just 75 miles on the odometer, though the listing doesn't disclose how much it's asking to digital tire-kickers.Permalink | Email this | Comments