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's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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