1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

The bizarre, sort of “retro futuristic” 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, aka the ‘Zero’, was first introduced at the 1970 Turin Motor Show as a prototype. It was designed by Marcello Gandini to echo a sort of uber-futurism. Furthermore, the Zero prototype (pictured above) was recently restored in 2000 to its full-1970’s ‘futuristic’ glory. 

Specs on the super-odd-looking Zero sports/rally car include:

  • A 115 horsepower v-4 engine (hard to imagine a sportscar with only 115hp these days!)
  • A five-speed manual transmission
  • Front and rear independent suspension with McPherson dampers
  • Double-wishbone rear suspension

Aside from its outwardly Lamborghini-esque aesthetic, two items make the prototype really unique. One is how passengers enter and exit the car—-via the huge geometric windshield, of all places.  Second is the overall design, of course.

The Zero sports a wedge-like shape that’s very reminiscent of the defunct Lamborghini Countach. The front-end, aside from the windshield, boasts a single row of ten small light bulbs (the truncated rear has a whopping 84) and a mesh grille that perfectly compliments the windshield.

The Zero will appear on the auction block May 21, 2011 and is offered by Bertone S.p.S through RM Auctions.

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