There’s something about the Lancia brand that always piques our interest. Throw other glamorous sounding Italian nonsense into the mix, add a suspiciously low EBay price and we’re hooked. But upon further inspection (virtual, not actual) the exotic sounding Lancia Thema Gazella Boneschi V6 Coupe Prototype is actually pretty ’orrible. Here are some pictures of the only one made, now for sale on eBay;

lancia thema coupe for sale

The Thema saloon was closely related to the Alfa 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. All big, boxy four door exec’s. The story goes that the chairman of bodywork company (Carrozzeria, if you’re talking it up) Boneschi, Paola Pezzaglia, was caught in a thunderstorm in Spain with Fiat boss Mr Agnelli and, having a captive audience, talked him into commissioning a prototype coupe based on the same platform, with a view to mass production. The rain subsided, Agnelli escaped, and Boneschi built this thing. It has that dog rough French made PRV6 engine, a manual gearbox and front wheel drive. Only one was made, in 1985, Pezzaglia driving it himself for many years. The car previously sold ten years ago after having undergone some mechanical restoration, particularly to the engine, but it’s in a sorry state now. The wheels would look better on an early Golf Gti and the black and white colour would look better on a badger.

Here’s the sellers description; “The car has subsequently been stored for more than 10 years and the current mileage stands at 126,695km (approx. 78,725 miles). The engine turns but currently does not fire. The bodywork has bubbling in places, e.g. beneath the passenger side door handle and around some of the sills.” If you have £4500 to spend, can weld, rewire electrics and rebuild engines and fancy what we think is a fairly ‘orrible exotic, click here.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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