Features

The return of Lancia’s legendary Stratos

In the Seventies the Lancia Stratos was the coolest car on the planet. The reborn version is stunning. 

924-MW-Toys

Raw, claustrophobic and designed to race without compromise, the original Lancia Stratos was not the ideal car in which to do the school run or potter to the shops, says Simon De Burton in the FT's How to Spend It. However, regulatory requirements decreed that at least 500 road-legal examples of the car had to be made. In 1976, the Stratos became the "coolest, quickest, funkiest [and] most outrageous-looking motor on the planet".

925_MW_PXX_Toys_02

This is one of those cars that doesn't just accelerate; it beams itself down the road, says Jason Barlow on Top Gear. "You are at Point A; now you are at Point B. The bit in the middle is pulverised." This is a one-off car that is "stunningly well realised, a hunk of gorgeous carbon-fibre fashioned into a shape that drags the original Stratos into the 21st century". The slight downside on top of the half-million-pound price tag is that to have a Stratos built, you have to provide MAT with a Ferrari F430 to gut first.

Subscribe to MoneyWeek

Become a smarter, better informed investor with MoneyWeek.

Price: £487,000 (plus Ferrari F430 donor car);Engine: V8, 4,308cc, petrol;Power: 542bhp at 8,200rpm;Torque: 383lb ft at 3,750rpm;Top speed: 170-205mph;0-60mph: 3.3 seconds.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/518765/a-bargain-hunters-paradise
Alternative investments

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters

Now is an ideal time for collectors to go shopping at the art auctions. 
29 Nov 2019
Visit/518121/where-to-find-the-best-value-in-the-art-world-today
Alternative investments

Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today

It’s been a record-breaking ten years for the art market – even Old Masters of questionable provenance are selling for hundreds of millions. But where…
15 Nov 2019
Visit/510676/ancient-art-sparks-controversy
Alternative investments

Ancient art sparks controversy

Who has the right to own art treasures that were originally pillaged? Chris Carter reports.
12 Jul 2019
Visit/509752/two-art-collectors-sell-up
Alternative investments

Marceau Rivière and Desmond Morris: two ace art collectors sell up

Some intriguing art is appearing on the market for the first time, says Chris Carter.
28 Jun 2019

Most Popular

Visit/investments/commodities/gold/600874/gold-is-at-its-highest-level-in-years-heres-how-to-invest
Gold

Gold is at its highest level in years – here’s how to invest

Gold's rise at a time when the dollar is unnervingly strong isn't unheard of – but it is curious. John Stepek explains what's going on, and what it me…
21 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/stocks-and-shares/600863/sirius-minerals-anglo-american-takeover
Stocks and shares

Do you own shares in Sirius Minerals? Here’s what you need to do now

Mining giant Anglo American has proposed a cash takeover of Yorkshire-based minnow Sirius Minerals. Unhappy shareholders must decide whether to accept…
20 Feb 2020
Visit/economy/global-economy/600876/the-charts-that-matter-its-starting-to-look-a-little-unhinged-out
Global Economy

The charts that matter: it’s starting to look a little unhinged out there

Things aren't normal in the markets right now, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy for clues to what…
22 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/stockmarkets/european-stockmarkets/600725/is-2020-the-year-for-european-small-cap
Sponsored

Is 2020 the year for European small-cap stocks?

SPONSORED CONTENT - Ollie Beckett, manager of the TR European Growth Trust, on why he believes European small-cap stocks are performing well.
12 Feb 2019