1991 Lancia Thema 8.32
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Here is a 1991 Lancia Thema 8.32 for sale in Evanston, Illinois. This is a car I had read about in road and track magazine. This car has very understated styling but under that hood is a Ferrari V8. The Thema never came to the USA but was sold throughout Europe for £40,000 in 1988. It was built form 1986 to 1922 with only 4,000 examples built. It was probably one of the first cars to have an automatically deployable rear wing. That is a pretty unusual and amazing feature for a car form the 1980s that could do 150 mph! If you look at the pictures of the wing, you will see a panel flush with the trunk lid when fully depoyed. Very Cool!
Price $22,832 USD
First shown at the Turin Auto Show in 1986, the 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 2927 cc, Tipo F105L, Ferrari V8. This engine was based on the unit used in the Ferrari 308 and in the Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole, and some of the componentry was assembled by Ducati from castings made at Maranello.
The engine differed from other Ferrari V8s of the time in that it was equipped with a cross-plane type crankshaft rather than the usual flat-plane crankshaft, smaller valves and different firing order. All this to make the engine characteristics more suitable in a four-door luxury saloon. Both Series 1 and 2 cars in non catalysed form produced 215|PS and were capable of 0–100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and 240 km/h whilst catalysed versions were slightly detuned to 205PS which gave 0–100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and 235|km/h.
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