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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This thing is still around?? I believe this was featured on TOS sometime in the past.
I find the thought amusing that a diplomat would be shopping for a $4500 car on Craigslist.
I would love to see this car modified VIP style. Lowered, big wheels, curtains, the works.
Diplomats and Dealer Tag holders and people who know how to play fast and loose with the DMV. This is a candidate for confiscation though nowhere near as high profile as a late model Nissan Skyline GTR.
I'd buy this in a heartbeat. How do I apply for a diplomatic visa?
First you start an internet company. Get booted out by your co-founder. Then renounce your US citizenship to avoid US taxes. Become a diplomat for a foreign country (North Korea has openings, but they need people who can execute and don't get hung up on little details about being fired) and then come back to the USA on a diplomatic VISA.
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