The Lancia Thema (Type 834) is an executive car produced by the Italian automaker Lancia between 1984 and 1994, and one of four cars to share the Type Four platform alongside the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. The Thema was first shown in Turin Motor Show in 1984.
First shown at the Turin Auto Show in 1986, the Lancia Thema 8·32 ("8" standing for the number of cylinders and "32" for the number of valves) was assembled at Lancia's S. Paolo plant in Turin. It used a 2,927 cc, Tipo F105L, Ferrari V8. This engine was based on the unit used in the Ferrari 308.
All 8·32s featured Bosch KE3 Jetronic fuel injection, ABS, ZF's brand new Servotronic electronically controlled rack-and-pinion power steering (which varied steering wheel effort according to vehicle speed), and a retractable rear spoiler. The latter, designed to increase high speed stability, was controlled by the driver via a rotary switch on the right stalk. In closed position, it would fit flush with the boot lid.
The car offered a handmade wood-and-Alcantara interior.Stitched leather covered the entire dashboard, the steering wheel (including centre), gear and handbrake levers and booths, centre console, door panels and sun visors, while the headlining was Alcantara. A bespoke dashboard fascia housed two main instruments, six small auxiliary gauges, and triple round air conditioning vents. Like the door cappings and the lids concealing the radio and ashtray, it was veneered in matte varnish burr wood. The instrumentation had black dials with yellow hands and markings.The seats (and matching door panel inserts) were trimmed in beige or date brown Alcantara. Brown interiors got colour-matching switchgear, carpets and trim. Thema 8·32 buyers could choose from five paint colours, all metallics: Blizzard Blue, Winner Red, Quartz Grey, Reflex Green and Black.
This version of the Thema was produced in limited numbers, with 2370 Series 1 built between 1986 and 1988.
The Thema 8·32's key competitors were some of the fastest saloon models of the late 1980s including the Audi 100 Quattro, BMW M535i, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, Saab 9000 2.3 Turbo S, and the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton/Opel Lotus Omega. Road & Track described the 8.32 as one of the "one of the weirder sleepers to come out of the 1980s".
Towards the end of his life, Enzo Ferrari owned an 8.32 as his personal transport.
This 1987 Lancia Thema 8.32 is in perfect original condition, all fully functional, no corrosion. Czech registration documents. Ferrari 308 QV engine.
|Engine||2.927 ccm, 215 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Front Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Black|
|Color - interior||Light Brown alcantara-wood|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||79.133 km|
|Chassis / VIN||ZLA83400000054553|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Pisek|
4-door sedan body type; FWD (front-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 2927 cm3, advertised power: 158 kW / 212 hp / 215 PS (DIN), torque: 285 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4590 mm, width: 1733 mm, wheelbase: 2660 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1400 kg; top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 6.4 s, 0-100 km/h 6.8 s (declared by factory)