Picture this: it’s 1987, you’re a person of means, you’re car shopping, and you have a serious hankerin’ for something Italian. While your heart says Ferrari 308 GTS, the reality of having to cart around the wife and kids to the local country club says that’s not happening. You have a few options, including the Maserati Quattroporte and the Alfa Romeo Milano sedans, but neither is lighting your heart on fire like Thomas Magnum’s 308 you see blasting around the Hawaiian Islands on TV. Then, you hear that there might be a way to have your cake and eat it too! Enter the Lancia Thema 8.32.
The Thema 8.32 was never officially imported to the United States, but the period’s “gray market” rules probably allowed a few of these rare sedans to sneak in. Today, importing one shouldn’t be an issue granted you can find one and you have the funds. This example made its way here recently, after sitting in storage for years. The seller of this 8.32 went through it, got it running, and is offering it up for sale on Ebay. Let’s have a closer look!
The cost of admission for this factory freak is not cheap: this example is currently listed on Ebay just shy of $30,000. Over in Europe, these cars range from about $6500 USD for a clapped-out mess, to over $32,000 USD for cleaner ones like this example, so this one is priced accordingly. Plus, you don’t have to go through the hassle of importing one yourself, as this one resides in Florida instead of Italy. Maintaining one isn’t an act in frugality, either.
Is it absurdly expensive by today’s standards for a used 80’s sports sedan? Yes.
Is it a bad value compared to modern V8 sport sedans like the Charger R/T that can be had new for the same price? Yes.
Is it a bat-crap insane rare factory freak from 30 years ago with the heart of a supercar and the soundtrack to match? Also yes.
This Lancia Thema 8.32 is weird, awesome, and insane all at the same time. It’s certainly a product of another time, when auto manufacturers were beginning to emerge from the dark ages of performance and try just about anything to make cars fun to drive again. Stuffing an exotic V8 into an otherwise pedestrian family sedan with a row-your-own 5-speed manual transmission is certainly one way to win back the hearts of enthusiasts, and we absolutely love it for what it is.
Check this thing out on Ebay RIGHT HERE: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-Lancia-Thema-8-32-Series-1-ferrari-other-makes/163860921719?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Decd5fe5be5d544f3b5b6d9924967fd5a%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D163860921719%26itm%3D163860921719%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A831a2fad-ec24-11e9-97e6-74dbd180df9b%7Cparentrq%3Abad7076616d0ad31c3fd5843ffe4c89d%7Ciid%3A1
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