I APOLOGISE for the rather mysterious blog last week. It’s not as if I wanted to start a guessing game for the site’s readers, but really that I was too embarassed to admit what I’d bought.
Yes, for all those who think that they get stick from their friends for owning a Rover – they should try an Eighties Lancia. These cars are great if they’re Integrale shaped or something classic from the Sixties or Seventies, but as for the rest of them, forget it.
My Thema – yes, I can admit I bought such a contraption – is anonymous to the point of extinction, and has all the stuctural integrity of a wet newspaper. It runs like a bag of nails, and is and smells of wet dog inside. And yet, for some daft reason I love it – and I’m glad I bought it.
There are a few people who have drawn parallels between Lancia and Rover – and for all its woodiness, I can see where they’re coming from. Basically, I think of the Thema as an Italian Rover 800. One run in it, listening to the rattles, squeaks and rumbles confirms the chilling similarities.
Anyway, that’s the last you’ll hear of this car on austin-rover.co.uk, but needless to say, if you’re a Lancia mechanic reading this, and know a thing or two about making these Integrale engined saloons run sweet, please, please give me a call…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.