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Scaled down: Hot Wheels’ Lancia Stratos

Hot Wheels has released several versions of the Lancia Stratos over the past 13 years. As is often the case the exact scale isn’t stamped on the base of the model, but it’s relatively safe to assume the pocket-sized, Bertone-designed coupe is approximately 64 times smaller than the real thing.

Hot Wheels first released the Stratos in 2002 with an eye-catching red, white, and green paint job that was loosely inspired by the Alitalia livery the rally cars wore during the 1970s. It was re-released in 2003, in 2004, and in 2008, and it was added to the company’s lineup once again earlier this year. The 2015 edition (pictured below) wears a black, orange, and metallic blue paint job with huge Hot Wheels decals on both sides and shiny orange five-spoke wheels.

It’s not the most realistic-looking Stratos Hot Wheels has ever built — that honor goes to the 2007 edition, which was white with red and green accents and sat on different wheels. However, the wedge-shaped proportions are accurate, and the toy maker even reproduced details such as the Lancia emblem up front, the vents over the rear window and the round tail lamps. The huge, airplane-like wrap-around windshield is spot on, too.

We’re glad that toy makers haven’t forgotten the Lancia Stratos. The 2015 edition’s paint job is admittedly a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but it’s hard to complain about a model that costs about a buck most anywhere on the planet.

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