It could be comprehensible if the Lancia Thema you see above put you instantly in thoughts of a Uncommon Trip from a number of days in the past, the gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12. Whereas that automobile had an totally completely different goal from the Lancia you see earlier than you, the 2 did have a few issues in frequent. Each have been designed by Italian legend Giorgetto Giugiaro. And just like the DeLorean, the Lancia additionally suffered (in regular trims) with the identical Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 engine that made Eagle Premier homeowners depressing.
However that’s the place the similarities finish. As a result of at the moment’s Thema sheds its multinational, mediocre V6 energy for some purebred Ferrari horses. And also you don’t even must do the import paperwork.
Like all good issues, the story begins again within the 1980s. Lancia, Fiat, and Ferrari have been all below the Fiat S.p.A umbrella, whereas Saab was nonetheless an unbiased. All gamers have been all in favour of a brand new midsize govt sedan, and agreed cost-sharing was of their mutual curiosity. Thus, the Sort 4 platform was developed.
4 vehicles got here from this collaboration, two of which we acquired in the US. Most well-known of the lot is the Saab 9000 (a magnificence) giant sedan. Rather less identified, the Alfa Romeo 164 was the ultimate Alfa sedan product supplied on North American shores; the model bailed after 1995. The opposite two obscurities have been the Fiat Croma (meh) and the Lancia Thema (candy).
Earlier than we proceed, watch one among my favourite presenters, Chris Goffey, overview the 164, Thema, and 9000 on previous previous High Gear.
Most variations have been reasonably mundane, with normal small European gasoline and diesel engines. Aside from one. Lancia determined it will construct a range-topping sports activities sedan, and endowed the Thema with a modified 2.9-liter V8 from the Mondial. It used a cross-plane crankshaft reasonably than a flat-plane, and was constructed on the Ducati manufacturing unit as an alternative of at Ferrari. Numerous horses between 200 and 250 (it’s unclear) raced to the entrance wheels via the five-speed guide.
The nomenclature eight.32 stands for the common variety of instances it will be within the store every month variety of cylinders, plus the variety of valves within the engine.
The automobile began at £40,000 in Nice Britain circa 1987, or £107,600 in at the moment’s cash ($145,147 USD). Due to the astronomical value, simply 9 have been offered within the UK. There have been two mannequin variations of the Thema eight.32 — Collection 1 from 1986 to 1988 (2,370 produced) and Collection 2 from 1989 to 1992 (1,601 produced).
In the present day’s instance is a Collection 2 imported by a courageous proprietor to the small city of Seattle, which is someplace north of downtown Los Angeles.
The vendor signifies a current engine overhaul, and in any other case glorious situation, apart from some solar harm to the leather-based sprint and untrue entrance energy home windows. The leather-based inside was a severely expensive extra further, even at this degree.
With low miles and excessive rarity, the asking value of $15,000 appears cheap for a piece of Italian unobtanium. You possibly can have it serviced at your native unicorn retailer.
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