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Lancia Astura Aerodinamica

Lancia Astura Aerodinamica

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When Cicero decided to retire after the death of his beloved daughter, he moved to his Roman villa in Astura, a former island turned peninsula on the coast of Latium, Italy. It's also the name of a Lancia car model, the first Roman name chosen by Vincenzo Lancia for his vehicles. Up to that point, he had shown a preference for Greek letters like Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Lambda.

The Astura and Artena models were designed to replace the senior but still innovative Lancia Lambda. The Lambda was the first motor car with unibody construction and independent suspension. Both the Astura and Artena shared the same body and design, but the Astura was the more luxurious vehicle with the larger V8 engine and unlike its predecessor Lambda, the Astura relied on a ladder chassis, making it attractive to coachbuilders. Interestingly, the career of Batista Pininfarina began with the chassis of the Lancia Astura.

1935 Lancia-Astura-Castagna-Aerodinamica-Coupe



The design of this Lancia Astura Aerodinamica was not done by Pininfarina but by Carrozzeria Castagna, a coachbuilder with a significant place in automotive history. They built bodies for prestigious brands like Isotta Fraschini, Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Mercedes-Benz. Carlo Castagna sold his beautiful cars to the rich and famous, including movie stars, successful entrepreneurs, and even the Pope.

This particular art print draws inspiration from the Lancia Astura 233C Aerodinamica Coupe by Castagna. Among the 2,912 Asturas produced, only four boast the streamlined body created by Castagna. Milan coachbuilders proudly claim that the Aerodinamica coupe is "designed by the wind," a sentiment that becomes increasingly agreeable the more one looks at it.

In terms of engineering, the car is powered by a V8 engine with just a 19-degree angle between the cylinder banks, combining the advantages of both V and inline engine configurations. The power output is 82 hp, sufficient for a maximum speed of 130 km/h for the basic specification, with the streamlined coupe expected to be slightly faster. This is quite impressive for the mid-'30s.

Now, you can own Terry Smith's artistic interpretation of this elegant car by ordering your Lancia Astura Aerodinamica art print from the Simply Petrol marketplace


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Terry Smith

Terry Smith, a Detroit native, has been part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953, initially specializing in Automotive Illustration. Using traditional tools like art boards, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes, and airbrushes, he worked on car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for major automotive companies in the late '60s and early '70s.

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, Smith collaborated with Roger Penske, contributing to the design of color schemes for Penske-sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. Notably, he designed the color schemes for the L&M Porsche 917-10 and Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars.

In 1987, Smith transitioned to computer-based design, working with his son on a Macintosh computer. While focusing on brochures, logos, training manuals, and line drawings until 2005, he didn't explore full-color car illustrations on the computer until his retirement in 2010.

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For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

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