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    Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Having had an interesting conversation with a gent the other day about RHD Lancia Strato's it lead me to look back through my pictures and I found two.
    Firstly the Chequered Flag car-
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    And then the Scheldt and Pettet car-
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    Not knowing enough Stratos history is it possible that these two are the same car and does anyone know what became of the Scheldt and Pettet car?
    Could it be that the other/spare tubs that the Scheldt and Pettet team possessed were damaged shells from the Chequered Flag project or was that just coincidental?
    Is the Scheldt and Pettet car still RHD or has it been restored back to LHD?
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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    According to the book A Chequered Life, the Chequered flag car in the thread was dubbed Strato's 3 after it was rebuilt from Strato's 2 (the second CF Strato's) after it was badly damaged in 1978. Previously it was LHD. The first CF Strato's seems also to have been LHD.

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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Strat Fan View Post
    Not knowing enough Stratos history is it possible that these two are the same car and does anyone know what became of the Scheldt and Pettet car?
    Could it be that the other/spare tubs that the Scheldt and Pettet team possessed were damaged shells from the Chequered Flag project or was that just coincidental?
    Is the Scheldt and Pettet car still RHD or has it been restored back to LHD?
    Craig, I'm as sure as I can be that the two cars in your photos are different cars.

    CF3 was CF2 re-shelled into chassis 1716 (but the chassis number was not used for ID)
    It's first incarnation was RHD (for Andy Dawson?), but later converted back to LHD.
    The car still exists, but has been painted in an earlier CF colour scheme that it never had in period.
    CF3 never had a roof scoop, and was always square arched.
    CF3 used the chassis number of CF2.

    The only damaged CF shell that was brought back to life was the CF2 tub (crashed by Cahal Curley in Ireland).
    It turned up in Japan, and was restored back to it's 1975 works appearance. It was an original 1975 works Safari team car.

    CF1 was also an ex works 1975 car (Pinto), but it's timeline is much easier to understand.
    It was driven by Per-Inge Walfridsson, Tony Pond, Andy Dawson and Tom Pryce. Then crashed and died in flames.
    As far as I know, it hasn't come back from the dead....... yet.

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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring and Rally cars
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    Lot Number 070
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    Year 1974
    Condition rating 2
    Registration number
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    Chassis number 001635
    Engine number
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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Thanks Griff,

    I was going to say.
    I remember seeing a white group 4 car with yellow speedline wheels in an auction at the Autosport show years and years ago.
    So that's what it was (chassis 1635)

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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    When Frederic and I met Dave Scheldt at Goodwood he told us that they bought their Stratos from Germany together with two damaged shells. See the thread Allora Body Moulds.

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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Here's the 'life of the Chequered Flag 3 car":http://www.finecars.cc/en/detail/car/51687/index.html

    Lord Mexborough owned the number 3 car for a long time, and still had it at the time of the Scheldt and Pettet car being auctioned in 2001.
    So they are definitely two different cars.

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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    This is how the Chequered Flag 'Stratos 2' looked on its very last rally.
    The rally that it was rolled on:
    https://www.lesashephotography.com/R...79/i-ZBxZBgs/A

    It can be defined from the CF3 car (in the first of Craig's photos on this thread, being driven by Bjorn Waldegård), by the CF roof scoop and the white lettering on the rear quarter.

    So, (to the best of my knowledge) what was left of this car (after it was badly damaged in Donegal in 1979) became the restored 1975 Alitalia car:
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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoTipo View Post
    So, (to the best of my knowledge) what was left of this car (after it was badly damaged in Donegal in 1979) became the restored 1975 Alitalia car:
    and all the good salvageable parts were transferred to this tub (no roof scoop):
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    Re: Scheldt and Pettet Stratos where is it now?

    There are photos (now, on Golden Years of Rallying - Facebook) of the crash on 1979 Donegal rally, that led to second (and last) Chequered Flag car being re-shelled.
    'The first time I've ever seen this.

    Cahal Curley upside down!

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