Is a Lancia Stratos Legal or Illegal to Drive in the US?


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Certain versions of the Lancia Stratos are street legal in the United States, specifically, the Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. The Stratos was initially developed for racing, however, and those original versions or vehicles that have been otherwise modified may not be street legal.

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To verify that any vehicle is street legal, drivers should consult state laws on the issue and ensure that the vehicle in question has all of the mandated features and components. In general, a car will need the basics for safe driving, such as a horn, headlights, brakes and seat belts. Some laws regulating street legality may vary from state to state. For example, some cars legal in another state may not be in California, which has strict emissions laws on the books because the cars produce too much exhaust.

The Stradale maintains many of the same design elements as its close racing cousin, giving it a unique appearance. The first member of the Stratos family, called the Zero, was introduced to the public at an auto show in Turin, Italy. A year later, Lancia introduced a new Stratos model, with an HF appended to the name. Around the same time, Lancia decided to make the vehicle a rally racer.

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