Lancia Astura Aerodinamica art print

 

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Lancia Astura 233C Aerodinamica fine car art by Terry Smith.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.

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Description

When Cicero decided to retire after the death of his beloved daughter he moved in his roman villa in the Astura – a former island and now peninsula on the coast of Latium, Italy. The Astura name was the very first roman name picked by Vincenzo Lancia for any of its cars. Up to date, he opted for Greek letters like Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Lambda.

The Astura and Artena models were designed to replace the aged but still innovative Lancia Lambda which became the very first motor car with unibody construction and independent suspension. Although both cars shared the same body and design, Lancia Astura was the more luxurious vehicle with the bigger V8 engine. Unlike its predecessor Lambda, Astura relied on ladder chassis which made it attractive to coachbuilders. By the way, the career of Batista Pininfarina has started with the chassis of Lancia Astura.

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But the pure beauty you are seeing here is not created by Pininfarina but Carrozzeria Castagna coachbuilders. They left their name in the automotive history as the builders of the very first automobile with internal combustion engine – the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Castagna was good enough to build bodies for Isotta Fraschini, Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Mercedes-Benz to name a few. Carlo Castagna sold his beautiful cars to the rich and famous including movie stars, booming enterpreneurs and last but not least – the Pope.

This particular art is dedicated to Lancia Astura 233C Aerodinamica Coupe by Castagna and is undoubtedly one of the best interpretations of this, already beautiful, Italian design. Just 4 of all 2912 Asturas built in total were equipped with such streamlined body by Castagna. The story Milan coachbuilders tell about this very car was that the Aerodinamica coupe was “designed by the wind”. The more we look at it the more we agree.

It was powered by a V8 engine with just 19 degrees between cylinder banks combining the advantages of both V and inline engine configurations. The power output was 82 hp, good enough for 130 km/h max speed for the basic specification so we suppose that the streamlined coupe will be a little bit faster. Quite impressive for the mid 30`s.

Now you can own this Lancia Astura Aerodinamica art by the gifted Terry Smith as beautiful print carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

 

Born and raised in Detroit, Terry Smith has been a part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953. Back then it was Automotive Illustration with art board, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes and airbrushes instead of Photography and Computer Graphics. Throughout the late sixties and early seventies he was painting car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for the big three automotive companies.

In 1972 I met and got involved with Roger Penske and his Indy Car and Can Am racing programs. That venture had me designing color schemes for Penske sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. I guess my claim to fame at that time was designing the color schemes for the white L&M Porsche 917-10 and blue Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars that Donahue and George Follmer raced in the early seventies.

In 1987 Terry teamed up with his son and started using a Macintosh computer when Desktop Publishing was in it’s infancy.  He put aside his paint and paintbrushes and started the long journey into the world of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Page Maker.

From 1987 until 2005 Terry Smith was designing brochures, logos, training manuals and line drawings. However, he had never thought of or even tried doingfull-colorr car illustrations on the computer. It wasn’t until after he retired and his son brought his old computer to him in 2010, that Terry Smith thought about giving car illustration a try on the computer.

At Simply Petrol we are extremely happy to give you access to the #FineCarArt of Terry Smith.

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Size

Large – 30 x 36 inches | 76,5 x 90 cm, Medium – 22 x 26 inches | 55 x 65 cm, Mini – 11,8 x 13,8 inches | 30 x 35 cm, Small – 16 x 19 inches | 40,5 x 47,5 cm, X-Large – 42 x 49 inches | 100 x 117 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Terry Smith
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