- Price: POR
- Telephone: OO32478622085
- City: BRUSSELS
- Country: Belgium
- Listed: February 7, 2019 11:29 am
- Expires: 76 days, 22 hours
- Ad id: 473723
Lancia Stratos Gr IV ex Delta Corse and Jolly Club with 47 periodraces & rallies 21 wins between 1977 and 1982.
Scocca #326 was completed by Bertone on the 9th June 1975 and incorporated into chassis #1700. The car was completed on the 20th April 1976 in red with ‘pelle nera’ (black leather) seats and red carpets. The Italian Carta della Circolazione (registration certificate) was issued on the 1st February 1977 and the Certificate of Origin issued on the 17th February 1977.
#1700 was first sold, via Cuneo car dealer COMAUTO, to Roberto Nizardo of Milan on the 16th April 1977. Cesare Doneda of Delta Corse immediately prepared the car to Group IV circuit specification for Nizardo to compete in the “6 Ore nel Senegal” in March 1977 in the striking livery of black, blue and yellow but unfortunately failed to finish with gearbox problems.
Nizardo – Doneda were also on the entry list for the 1977 Giro d’Italia with a Stratos painted in the well-known colours of Rini Fabbri but there is no evidence of them starting the race. Leopoldo Di Lucia told me that Nizardo was in the middle of divorcing his wife at the time and needed to sell the Stratos as he was under pressure from his creditors.
On the 19th October 1977 #1700 was sold to Vittorio Colombo of Jolly Club, an important Italian private team entrant from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Columbo was apparently a money lender so it is possible he was Nizardo’s creditor and took the Stratos as payment. Jolly Club assigned driver Leopoldo Di Lucia to compete with the car and entered it in numerous hillclimbs and circuit races throughout 1978. Gianni of Firenze prepared the car for Di Lucia and Jolly Club to Group 4 circuit racing/hillclimb spec with a fuel injection system that is still with the car although not fitted. The car used a Dinoplex system and a Stradale dashboard with Smiths instruments, the oil pressure gauge residing above the temperature gauge. Di Lucia also had a special seat made (there was no passenger seat) from a fiberglass shell with foam padding. His sister gave Leopoldo an American flag for good luck which he would drape over the car at the end of each race. The charm must have worked as he won the 1978 Coppa d’Italia di Vetture di Produzione with the Stratos, winning eight of the twelve rounds and finishing second in the remaining four. Di Lucia had deals with carpet supplier and sponsor Tapetti Tempesti and Jolly Club that they would each pay him 250,000 lire per win (no money for anything other than a win).
At the end of the 1978 season after winning the championship, instead of taking the money from Jolly Club, he took the Stratos as payment. Di Lucia went on to race #1700 in several hillclimbs in the 1979 season, although running with carburetors rather than the fuel injection, before selling it in 1980 to Sicilian rally driver Antonio Runfola.
Runfola had preparer Giovanni Saccone convert the car to rally specification and entered #1700 in many Italian and Sicilian rallies in 1980 and 1981. Around July 1981 Giovanni Saccone was testing the car on public roads near Solignano when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver which damaged the front of the car. The car was taken to Marchese in Modena for repair and Runfola bought a spare unnumbered Stratos scocca, without front and rear clamshells or mechanical parts, from Count Capra in Vicenza, a well-known Italian Porsche racer of the 1960’s and 1970’s and used the scocca to rebuild his car. It is unclear whether all or part of the replacement scocca was used to rebuild the car. The original door hinges and boot/trunk lid are still with the car all stamped with the original scocca number of #326.
Runfola then purchased the ex-Serpaggi Stratos from ‘Dielis’ and used it to compete in the final two rallies of 1981 (Proserpina and Citta di Messina) until his rebuilt car was ready. On completion of the repaired car Runfola installed the motor from the Dielis/Serpaggi Stratos as he deemed it superior to his own. Runfola sold the rest of the Dielis car to Team Bora of Francesco Ferretti (Ragastas) of Reggio Emilia.
For the 1982 season Runfola entered twelve rallies with the repaired car and won seven of them. In the final rally of 1982 (the 11th Rally Valli Imperiesi) he retired with mechanical problems, the gearbox had been recently rebuilt incorrectly by a mechanic which resulted in oil swilling around. 1982 was the final year of homologation for the Stratos so Runfola replaced it with the new Lancia 037. On the 22nd April 1983 Runfola sold #1700 to Mauro Scanavino.
This car has been completely restored some years ago and is ready to race with the eligible FIA HTP.