Now, cynics amongst you - and we know you're out there - may protest the Thema is less than worthy of the illustrious Lancia shield, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Saab 9000. In fact the cars share the same 'type four' chassis which also formed the foundations for the beautiful Alfa 164 and the, er, Fiat Croma. However as future Lancias look like sharing Chrysler under-duds, Shed wouldn't dream of suggesting such cosy relationships are in any way inappropriate for the brand.
That's not to say the driving experience need be any less exciting than its rally-bred stablemate. With an engine designed by Aurelio Lampred (formerly of Alfa Romeo and Ferrari), this 148bhp, 2.9 litre V6 example can spirit the Thema to 60 in 8.2sec - before running out of puff at 129mph. Brakes devoid of ABS will remind you of days of old when thoughts turn to stopping, and there's no aircon to go wrong either.
Although the tatty exterior hints at this Thema reaching its twilight years, all the electrics function. However we have inferred from the ad this may be intermittently, at least as far as the electric windows are concerned, further cementing this fine car's noble Italian credentials.
As well as being mechanically sound, this week's SOTW comes complete with the spares from another two Themas the owner has previously dismantled. Though, quite how reassuring this is, we're not entirely sure...
"Caveat emptor," as somebody once said on the way to the forums.
The advert reads:
1988 Lancia Thema Series 1 V6 For Sale
Overall she is in good condition.
Sunroof, Automatic heating (not aircon). Non-ABS version.
Current owner 9 years and 5000 miles.
MOT Apr 2010, Tax Oct 2010.
Bodywork mostly good with the worst parts being a scabby rear wheelarch and the bottom corner of the rear screen.
Electrics all work fine although window switches have their moments.
Rare Car. Loads of spares included (have broken 2 of these over the years). Mostly mechanical and electrical but some trim as well.
Model Thema Series 1 V6
Category Saloons / Estates
Mileage 86500 Miles
LHD / RHD RHD
Location Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK
Private / Trade Private Car