Lancia 037 Rally, 1/24, Hasegawa
If Jaguars are my favourite sports cars then Lancias are my favourite rally cars. In fact the BBC Top Gear presenters once voted Lancia as their all time favourite manufacturer. I have particularly fond memories of a Lancia Beta Coupe I owned in the early 1980s, before it rusted away before my eyes… The 037 Rally was the replacement for the legendary Stratos. At a time when other makes (led by Audi with the Quattro) were developing four wheel drive machines, Lancia decided to stick with what they knew best, mid-engined, rear wheel drive, road rockets. The 037 was introduced in 1982 with a body designed by Pininfarina and a two litre supercharged (not turbocharged) twin cam engine developed by Abarth (Fiat’s tuning arm). The car was especially competitive on the smooth tarmac events but lost out to the four wheel drive rivals on the rougher gravel rally events. It does, of course, feature the classic Martini livery which I just love. Car no 5 was crewed by Marku Alen and I Kivimaki, and was the last two wheel drive car to win a round of the World Rally Championship.
The Hasegawa kit has a lot of detail for a kerbside kit, especially considering its age, I especially like the wheels. The model was finished in Tamiya TS 26 pure white, with a gloss coat over the decals. Thanks for looking, George
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