Father and Son Going to Court Over Four Rare Lancias

Very few cars enjoy almost universal adoration. The iconic Lancia Stratos is one of those cars. But given its rarity and high acclaim, getting hold of a Stratos is no easy task. One man from Austria knows that struggle. He had four, but a misunderstanding with his son has left him without them for years. The father and son, Ernst and Christian Hrabalek, have since taken this Lancia dispute to the UK's High Court where hearings continue. The total value of all four Lancias? A 'stratos'-pheric $3.2 million. RELATED: See More Photos of the Classic Lancia Stratos According to The Telegraph, Ernst Hrabalek allegedly loaned his four coveted Lancias – a 1971 Stratos HF, 1975 HF Silhouette Turbo, 1975 HF Stradale, and 1975 Stratos Safari – to his son Christian, an automotive consultant and designer, in order to help build his reputation in the industry. Christian reportedly showcased the cars in 2011 at Berlin's Meilenwerk Classic Car Museum, but what was intended as a loan was apparently considered to be a gift from his father. The Lancias were never returned; cars that Ernst Hrabalek originally collected over the years with the intention of providing a retirement fund. He remarked of his past car collection, “Every one of the cars I had to sell breaks my heart.” RELATED: Check Out What a 2016 Lancia Stratos Could Look Like Introduced in 1973 as a road car, the Stratos took rallying by storm and came away with three WRC championships and just short of 20 wins. It's easy to understand why these cars are so incredibly valuable. Court proceedings are ongoing. RELATED: Bertone Got it Right with the Incredible Stratos Stradale ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide