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.
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.