Short, back and slides: the New Stratos
Jeremy recently called it one of the greatest cars ever made. And now it’s back. Be afraid
Posted: 02 Feb 2011
Hrabalek is as clever as he is persistent. When Bertone inadvertently let slip that the rights to the Stratos name had lapsed, he asked his dad to hire a copyright lawyer to buy them. Shrewd thinking, especially as he was only 16 at the time. He later funded the prototype by selling shares in the copyright to a variety of Stratos-owning business and entertainment figures. I remember the buzz around the car at Geneva that year, but despite shopping the idea around to the likes of Pagani, Prodrive, Koenigsegg and Gumpert, it proved impossible to get off the ground. And that should have been that.
But when the Glickenhaus P4/5 emerged, Hrabalek rolled the dice one last time and persuaded Stoschek that Pininfarina could handle a similar one-off around the Stratos. Maybe the German just wanted to shut the designer up by this point, but he agreed.