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1970 Lancia Stratos Zero

I don’t know why but I have a soft spot for the so called “Wedge Era”, an automotive period that started from the late 1960s when car’s design moved away from the curved and soft lines for a more sharpened and defined style.

If the production cars reflected this philosophy (like the BMW M1, Lamborghini Countach or the Lotus Esprit for example), concept cars took this design to the extreme. And the Stratos HF Zero is one of the most striking examples. Born in 1970, the initial concept behind the Zero for Bertone’s design team was simply to see how low a car they could built (in those years there was a great rivalry between car designer, especially between Bertone and Pininfarina, who a few months ago unveiled their 93.5 cm tall Pininfarina Modulo). The Stratos was designed by Marcello Gandini to be 84 cm (33 inches) from the ground!

The name would be used on Lancia’s rally-going car a few years later, but this concept had little to do with that. It’s powered by a Lancia “Type 818.540” engine (1.6-liter V4 13°, with 115hp) taken from a Lancia Fulvia HF. Everything else looks like something coming directly from a 70s science fiction film and be inspired by space (remember that a year before there was the Apollo 11 mission): the steering wheel was made in order to resemble the planet Saturn, driving position was as horizontal and as close to the ground as it could possibly be so the driver had nothing but the road in front of him and the sky above him, a futuristic instrument panel offset to the side behind the front wheel-arch and rear-view mirrors sunk inside the side scallops allowed for somewhat limited rear vision.

In 1988 a replica of this car was built for Michael Jackson’s film “Moonwalker”.

I was able to record this unique car during the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza of Villa D’Este in Cernobbio so now you can see many angles and detailed shots of it, hear the sound of the narrow angle V4 and see it moving around. Hope you like the video!

– For a more detailed story of this car check RM Sotheby’s here:’Este/lots/r105-1970-lancia-stratos-hf-zero/186889


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Camcorder: Canon Legria HF G40 + Canon DM-100 Microphone
Event: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2018
Where: Cernobbio, Italy

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