1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Captures Top Honors at Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

This 1936 Lancia Astura coachbuilt by Pininfarina took home top honors at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The car is owned Richard Mattei, an avid Alfa Romeo collector, who commissioned a six-year restoration of the car. Back in 1962, the car was found in England in poor condition, which is when Pininfarina decided to restore it based on its exclusivity. Eventually it was sold to rock star Eric Clapton and finally it was put on display in the Pininfarina museum.

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100 judges are responsible for finding the best car at Pebble Beach in a field of 229 vehicles divided into 28 classes. Each class has a winner, and the class judges decide based on authenticity. From there, the show chairman, chief judge, some class judges and the chief honorary judge submit ballots for best of show.

Other finalists included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria.

This is Mattei’s first time having a car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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