We go back to the last decade of the 20th Century in a quick Italian hatchback…
The ‘90s was an interesting decade. Keeping aside the now questionable fashion choices that people made, it was the last decade of the 20th century and this meant that it was beginning of the end of an era. Analog cars could still be had, most people were still driving stick and car manufacturers were still relatively conservative when it came to car design.
It’s been a while since we featured a car properly here on the Bandit. A spate of events, both back in SoCal and in Dubai have kept us on our toes, capturing the car culture that brings us together as enthusiasts.
This means, however, that the chance to properly understand one car was one we were looking forward to. To that end, we set out to remedy the situation.
Is it a UFO? Is it a carpenter’s wedge? Is it a child’s toy? No, it’s a Lancia Stratos!
The first time I laid eyes on a Lancia Stratos was in a 2010 issue of CAR magazine. The photos on the glossy pages displayed two Stratos. I would later learn that one of them was the Ferrari F430 Scuderia-based ‘New Stratos’, while the other was the real thing from the 1970s.