1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet, with body by design house Pinin Farina, takes Best of Show.
Former owner Eric Clapton once described the car as “the most fun I’ve had offstage and out of bed.”
Owner is Richard Mattei from Paradise Valley, Arizona. An avid Alfa Romeo collector, he was just happy to be invited to the Pebble Beach Concours.
Mattei isn’t a typical Pebble Beach winner. He is neither filthy rich nor a heavyweight collector. He is responsible for its latest 6 year phase of restoration consummating in the Pebble Beach Best of Show.
Also unique is that this is the first time Lancia has ever won. Rediscovered in poor condition in 1962, Pinin Farina offered to rejuvenate it at its own expense if it could be returned to Italy in running condition. Upon completion, rock star Eric Clapton snapped up the Lancia to enjoy its second lease on life.
In 1980, Clapton auctioned the car with Pinin Farina the winner. Richard Mattei acquired the car in 2009 and offered it for sale at Pebble Beach in 2010. Not meeting its reserve, Mattei engaged in a six-year restoration, bringing the Lancia to its current flawless condition
This was one of just six Tipo Bocca Lancia built for a Lancia dealer in Italy. Each had its own bespoke features. Mattei’s winner is distinguished with a curved side glass and specially engraved bright trim encircling the custom Pinin Farina coachwork. Other features include a basket woven interior, wood-grained instruments, and skirts covering the rear wheels.
The other automobiles in the final three included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi cabriolet, owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection, and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Cabriolet Victoria, owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III.
One of the artists we represent, Ken Eberts, designed the poster for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours. Showcased before the Lodge are the Ford GT40s that finished 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. The poster will soon be available for purchase on our site. Pre-order at firstname.lastname@example.org