We saw this beautiful and highly desirable 1938 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series IV (Chassis No. 41-3125) at the 2018 Salon Privé. We just wanted to highlight this car to you, as it’s exceptional, and my car heaven. I hope you love it as much as we do. Just superb in every way. We love it.
This aerodynamic Lancia is believed to be the sole survivor of just three 4th-Series Asturas bodied in this Cabriolet style by Carrozzeria Boneschi of Milan. One of Lancia’s most important pre-war models, the Astura Series IV featured an admirable narrow-angle 3-litre V8 engine, mounted on a long wheelbase platform chassis and attracting some of the finest coachwork of the period, the model being used extensively as official transportation by Italian government departments in the 1930s. Originally owned by a Belgian coal-mining magnate, this Lancia was laid up throughout WW@ and kept in safe long-term storage by the owner’s widow during the 1950s. Apart from a repaint in the original dark grey colour, the Astura is still totally original, including its plush black leather upholstery and the grey electric convertible hood, quite an innovation for the 1930s. Delivering sports car performance and roadholding, delivered in a quiet, effortless manner, the luxurious Astura was a true ‘Gran Turismo’ before the term was invented.
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