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
Of course, rich car enthusiasts have been clothing chassis in bespoke bodies for as long as there have been cars to clothe. The carrozzeria business was very lucrative pre- and post-WWII, and all sorts of exotic-sounding outfits would come up with all sorts of symphonies in steel (check out Figoni & Falaschi's Talbot-Lago, for example). In the Fifties and Sixties, there were countless special-bodied Alfas, Astons, Bentleys and Rollers, usually produced in limited runs. More recently, the Sultan of Brunei proved to be quite the fan of the one-off: he commissioned a whole range of Ferrari 456s, including an estate, four-door saloon and a convertible, and had Bentley turn its 1994 motor show concept car, the Java, into a fully functioning car. As you would, if you had a gazillion quid.