The Turin Motor Show by then was becoming an annual fixture, a moment of encounter and cordiality with all the customers in the concept, master, cubing engineering and pre-production prototypes sectors.
For the April 2000 appointment, the Stolas decide to rely on Marcello Gandini for the construction of an open door model in the autumn of 1999
An important theme, reviewing the Lancia Stratos, thirty years after the presentation by the same hand at the 1970 Turin Motor Show.
Marcello Gandini had carte blanche, in four months the team of modellers created a formidable and yet feasible model.
For the record, to begin with, the S81 model was Lancia branded on the front with the customary shield, however, a few days before painting the top management of Fiat asked not to use their logo. I proposed to use the rhombus emblem of STOLA spa, but the family asked Marcello Gandini to apply his stylized MG acronym of his name.
A very painful decision both for Stola and Gandini and for all the workers involved in the project.
Turin June 2000, the S81 opening door model at the Stola s.p.a. stand
Cernobbio 2009. The Stola S81 owned by the collector Corrado Lopresto photographed in the park of the Hotel Villa d'Este.
An anecdote that is worth remembering was that at one point, in order to honor the city of Turin, Roberto Stola proposed to apply a graphic representing the Mole Antonelliana, iconic symbol of the city.
In parallel with the work of the S 81 and given the great esteem of Stola for Marcello Gandini, once again he was asked for his own vision for a hypothetical new Iveco truck.
In July 2000, the drawings presented by Roberto and Alfredo Stola to Fiat to engineer Paolo Cantarella in his Lingotto office.
Turin 27 June 2000. the drawings of Marcello Gandini in his vision of a new Iveco engine.