"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.




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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Incredible car. Jealous.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing. I love that he actually drives it.
      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was my very first car. White with Alitalia livery and yellow wheels. Remote control with reverse and a dangly cord. It was the original reason I like cars.
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet car. Noticed he also has a Renault Alpine A110 and a BMW M1 in the garage. I like this guy's taste!
      Hal Jordan
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an amazing car. Rare and wonderful!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember this one, great rally car. It should really come back.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      If only I was short enough for a mid engine car...
      fabulous71
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy has great taste. Anyone else notice the M1 and a Renault A110 Alpine in the background?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love that car. His has a stance I'm not used to. Isn't it supposed to have more of a wedge setup, with larger tires on the rear than the front?
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        Eric Park
        • 1 Year Ago
        Lister Bell also engineered and makes a very nice quality Stratos kit. I'm hoping to buy and assemble a Group 4 in two years time. At the current exchange rate, it's very reasonable. Dare to dream, right?
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        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because a new one would cost $150,000, weigh 3,300lbs and be loaded down with so much safety crap and airbags and stability control and blah blah and Ralph Nader would claim it was dangerous and such and such it'd never see the light of day. Cars like this can't exist anymore.
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