The Saab/Fiat type 4 platform (1984-1998) was a front-wheel-drive luxury platform that was used under the Lancia Thema, Saab 9000, Fiat
Croma, and Alfa Romeo 164. Each version offers their own spin on the transverse front-drive luxury formula, but only the Thema was available with a Ferrari V8 up front. Find this 1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 currently bidding for $12,100 reserve-not-met ($25,900 buy-it-now) here on eBay with a few hours to go, located in Miami, FL.
The Thema 8.32 (8 for number of cylinders and 32 for valves) is one of the stranger ways to get a V8 from the 308/Mondial in your garage. Styling for the Thema sedan comes from Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign and it looks equal part 80s chic and exotic today.
The 3.0 liter V8 under the hood was built specifically for the Lancia by Ferrari. It uses a cross-plane crankshaft instead of the typical Ferrari flat-plane crankshaft, but pushes out 215 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque.
Inside, the car looks the part of a Q-ship, nice leather and wood covers most surfaces, and the gauges look properly Italian.
Enjoy this awesome vintage promotional video from Lancia, complete with lots of emphasis on the Ferrari-Lancia legacy, and the automatically deployed rear wing.
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