5k: Diplomats Only: 2002 Lancia Thesis 2.0 Turbo

The Lancia Thesis is a hideous controversially styled sedan penned by a disciple of the man who mangled BMW’s design direction for generations. According to a clearly self authored Wikipedia article, Chris Bangle hired American designer Michael Robinson into the Fiat design group and later Robinson became the head of Lancia (part of Fiat at the time) design.  During his tenure at Lancia, Robinson designed the Thesis and equally egregiously uniquely styled Lancia Ypsilon.  Find this 2002 Lancia Thesis 2.0 Turbo offered for $4,500 in Chevy Chase, MD via craigslist.

The Thesis was one of Robinson’s first A-to-Z designs and used a praying mantis front end to distract from the slug shaped tail lights.  It is sort of a blessing and a curse that the owner says he can only sell it to a diplomat with A1, A2 or G1 visa due to the import restrictions.  Perhaps Devyani Khobragade needs a new car for her housekeeper.

The interior of the Thesis is one of the highlights, mostly because you can’t see the outside, but also because it has some nice wood inlay and a magnesium cup holder.  The driving experience will be thoroughly unexciting with a 182 horsepower 2.0 liter turbocharged 5-banger mated to the front wheels and shifted via a slushbox.

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