1931 Lancia Astura 230,
Lot 157
1931 Lancia Astura Series I Cabriolet Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. 757
€135,000 - 175,000
US$ 180,000 - 230,000
amended
Auction Details
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Lot Details
1931 Lancia Astura Series I Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. to be advised
Engine no. 757

Footnotes

  • Commandée par un bijoutier Argentin, cette Lancia Astura série I Cabriolet a été l'une des premières réalisations de la Carrozzeria Pinin Farina en 1931.

    La voiture a été ensuite la propriété du pilote de Formule 1, l'Argentin Roberto Mieres, ancien pilote Gordini et Maserati au début des années 50.
    Roberto Mieres a conduit une 250F pour Maserati en 1955, terminant à la 8ème place du Championnat du Monde des pilotes. Ce sera sa dernière saison en Formule 1.En 2004, à l'âge de 79 ans, il est revenu à la course lors du Grand Prix Historique de Monaco au volant d'une Allard J2.

    La Lancia Astura présentée n'a presque jamais été restaurée mais elle a bénéficié d'un entretien régulier pendant plus de 30 ans. Roberto Mieres ne l'a conduite qu'à de rares occasions comme en 1985, lors du festival de Punta del Este, en Uruguay.

    Cette Lancia sera finalement vendue aux enchères publiques au Palacio Sans Souci, San Fernando, Buenos Aires à M. Jorge Macome.




    Having established itself in the front rank of the world's finest cars with the Dilambda, Lancia further enhanced its exalted position with a succession of fabulous coachbuilt models on the Astura chassis in the 1930s.

    One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia founded his own company in 1906, having previously been in FIAT's employ as chief test driver.

    Introduced in 1907, the first Lancia car showed an independence of thought and defiance of convention that would remain associated with the marque well into the modern era. Military vehicles, lorries, vans and aero engines followed, the latter enabling Lancia to accrue valuable expertise in the design and construction of 'V'-configuration powerplants. Lancia's first V-engined model - the V8 Trikappa sports car - appeared in 1922 but it was the Lambda, launched soon after, that would prove to be of even greater significance. A milestone in automotive history, the revolutionary Lambda was the world's first car to have a stress-bearing body and the first to be powered by a V4 engine. The absence of a separate chassis meant the driver could sit lower, enabling a low aerodynamic body line to be achieved, while Lancia's patented sliding-pillar independent front suspension endowed the Lambda with ride and handling qualities unmatched by anything in its class.

    Unlike its revolutionary Lambda predecessor, the Dilambda did not use a stress-bearing body but reverted to a separate chassis, a factor that facilitated the manufacture of special coachbuilt variants. A new design, the Dilambda chassis possessed exceptional torsional rigidity, a virtue necessitated by its independent front suspension. Narrow-angle V-configuration engines boasting overhead camshafts were by now a Lancia speciality, the Dilambda's 3,960cc unit having cylinder banks disposed at 24 degrees.

    The introduction of the Astura and Artena in 1931 marked a switch from a system of model designation that used letters of the Greek alphabet in favour of one using Italian place names, a move in keeping with the nationalistic spirit of the age. One of Lancia's most important models, the Astura was powered by a new version of the familiar narrow-angle OHC V8 engine. The latter was enlarged from 2.6 to 3.0 litres on the Astura Series III in 1934 when the model also gained hydraulic brakes and became available in both short and long-chassis forms. The Series IV featured a platform chassis of longer wheelbase, attracting some of the finest coachwork of the period, and was used extensively as official transportation by Italian government departments.

    Ordered by an Argentine jeweller, this Lancia Astura Series I Cabriolet was one of the first commissions completed by the newly formed Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1931. The car was later owned by the Argentinian Formula One driver Roberto Mieres, who drove for Gordini and Maserati 250 in the early 1950s. Mieres drove a works 250F for the Italian team in 1955, his last in Formula One, finishing 8th in that year's Drivers' World Championship. In 2004 he returned to racing at the Monaco historic event, driving an Allard J2 at the grand age of 79.

    Roberto Mieres was also a collector of fine cars, this almost unrestored Lancia Astura among them, which benefited from regular maintenance during over 30 years in storage and was only driven on rare occasions such as the Punta del Este, Uruguay event in 1985. Eventually, the virtually untouched Astura was sold at a public auction in the Palacio Sans Souci, San Fernando, Buenos Aires to Mr Jorge Macome.

Saleroom notices

  • The chassis number for this lot is 30.1703. Le numero de chassis pour ce lot est 30.1703.
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