Video: This Lancia Stratos Kit Car Will Please Your Inner Teenager

It has the unmistakable sound, it has the cheese-wedge aesthetics, and it has the ability to make Steve Sutcliffe giggle like a giddy schoolboy. That might be because, for many, the Lancia Stratos was the definitive poster car for young rally fans the world across. Nowadays, for $53,000, a middle-aged man can relive his adolescence with the immaculate Lister Bell’s Stratos replica: the STR.

Though some might tremble when thinking of dropping fifty grand on a kit car, they can rest assured knowing the Lister Bell uses impressive components to provide old school charm with new-school reliability.

Who can argue with those seductive wheel arches, the shark nose, or the mega-short wheelbase.

The powerplant providing that sonorous bark is a 3.0-liter V6 from an Alfa 166, which also supplies the six-speed transmission. Though 240 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque might not sound that impressive, those figures propel a car weighing just 1,900 pounds.

Aside from the supplied running gear, Lister Bell provides the steel spaceframe, which includes the full integral rollcage, double wishbone suspension, either 11″ or 12.5″ brake rotors, and another choice between 15″ or 17″ wheels, though that should be easy.

The CAD-designed spaceframe is made up from a combination of folded steel sheet sections and tubular section steel. The chassis also includes a full integral roll cage built to RAC specification.

Filling the rotors for that athletic stance, the prominent gold wheels are just one of the many visual cues that will turn heads wherever this gem travels.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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