1982 LANCIA 037 RALLY STRADALE
- Commemorative No.1 production care out of only 217 units produced
- Chassis No. ZLA151AR000000001
- Carefully restored by a Japanese specialist over a period of 18 years
- Restoration focused on preserving most of its original parts
The LANCIA 037 RALLY was developed to accommodate homologation requirements (combined production of 200 units or more for street/competition) for the Group B Category under the 1982 FISA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) regulations. The model retains its popularity even today as the car that revived the Lancia Rally legacy established by the legendary Lancia Stratos.
037 RALLY is not the official name of the model. It is actually a reminiscent of the code name SE037, shared during co-development of the project with Abarth. The official name of the car is Lancia Rally which was based on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo.
Initially, the car was planned to be released as the Lancia Abarth Rally, however due to Lancia’s strong desire to revive its glory in rally, the Abarth name was dropped from the final model name.
Based on the monocoque structure of the Beta Montecarlo, tubular subframes were placed at the front and rear to install the engine and the suspension system. The chassis was designed by Gian Paolo Dallara.
The engine was designed by Aurelio Lampredi who had once worked as the chief designer for Ferrari’s F1 engines. The 1955cc Inline-4 DOHC engine was placed vertically midship, enhanced by a supercharger to produce 205ps. Only weighing in at 1170kg, the power was more than enough to create some excitement.
The combined production volume of the street use Stradale and Competizione for competition was only 217 units. The rarity has allowed the price of this model to remain high amongst collectors.
This particular 037 Rally is truly one with special value. The chassis number on this car is ZLA151AR000000001, which indicates that the car is the very first unit that came off the production line. Records show that 00000002 and 00000003 were both used for crash testing hence the rarity and value of this particular unit has increased meaning.
In 1999, the current owner purchased the car from a Lancia dealership called AUTOPOOL PRETE, located in Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy. At the time of purchase, the car had been sitting still at the dealership for over 10 years, which obviously meant that the engine and other mechanical parts would require a complete overhaul. The Pininfarina designed body colored in rosso corsa was covered with a thick layer of dust.
037 Rally, chassis no. 00000001 which had been kept far from ideal conditions, was shipped to Japan as-is. The restoration that began immediately after its arrival to Japan lasted for 18 years by a Japanese specialist. The reason why the project took so long was because the restoration focused on preserving the original parts as much as possible. Parts that needed to be replaced were replaced with genuine parts manufactured by Fiat. Searching and acquiring genuine replacement parts was always a challenge as well as time consuming.
Restoration of this ZLA151AR000000001 was only completed in June of this year so the car is obviously in excellent condition. The interior has been beautifully restored to its original condition just like when it had come off the production line.
The odometer currently reads at 450km. However, maintenance records before the current owner are not available hence the actual mileage of the car cannot be verified. But one look at the car’s current state should reassure any potential buyer of its value.
A dormant period of more than 10 years in Italy. 18 years of meticulous restoration has revived the first Lancia Rally every produced. This car is truly one of a miracle.