Ul­tra-rare Lancia in UK gifted to a Scot­tish en­thu­si­ast

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

An ex­tremely rare first se­ries Lancia Thema 6V has sur­faced in Glen­rothes, Scotland – hav­ing lain undis­turbed for 25 years.

Clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast An­drew Bat­tles took the car on af­ter its owner passed away last year. An­drew, a friend of the fam­ily, was en­trusted with the Thema with a view to ul­ti­mately get­ting it back on the road. With fond child­hood mem­o­ries of the car, he be­lieved its owner had traded the Thema for a Mazda 626 dur­ing the early Nineties, unaware it was ac­tu­ally in a coun­cil lock-up. An­drew’s 6V, powered by a 2.8-litre vari­ant of the Peu­geot-Re­nault-Volvo (PRV) V6, spent seven years on the road be­fore go­ing into stor­age with 74,000 miles on the clock.

Although no-one knows the rea­son for the Thema’s in­tern­ment, the car ap­pears to be in fine fet­tle and ripe for restora­tion. An­drew said: ‘There are some pe­riod body re­pairs to the wheel arches. The in­te­rior is com­plete and in good con­di­tion. I have dry stor­age which I think is im­por­tant for Lancia own­er­ship!’

Lancia Mo­tor Club’s press and pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Tim Heath told

CCW that it knew of two other first se­ries Thema 6Vs in the UK, with another in Switzer­land. That the club looks af­ter more Fer­rari en­gined­erived Thema 8.32s – 15 in all – is a mea­sure of the 6V’s rar­ity.

The Thema shared its plat­form with the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. James McCon­nachie lan­ci­

An­drew Bat­tles’ Lancia Thema 6V is a for­got­ten rar­ity. Parked up in 1993, the Thema 6V was un­known to the club. The Al­can­tara-trimmed in­te­rior is, luck­ily, com­plete.

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