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.