Friday, February 5, 2010

FROM ITALY, WITH LOVE

This is a 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible. A very rare car, indeed. There were only 2484 Asturas produced between 1931 through 1936. They were considered technically advanced in their day. They were a favorite choice to appear in movies and a 'must have' of many celebrities. The Pope even had one. I don't know how many are still in existence, but my guess is not too many. It is truly lovely to behold in person.

27 comments:

  1. Yes, its quite a car, worthy of some Latin American president. Love this kind of machine and its sounds on the run!

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  2. A really amazing car, I can't imagine how it feels driving one...

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  3. You know...
    I think you are charming and elegant gentleman!
    This car is wonderful!
    Léia

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  4. Very good looking car. A friend had a Lancia in the 70's all I can recall is the rust!

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  5. That's a far cry from the Popemobile. Great car.

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  6. Looks like it is just waiting to take a spin on the Super Bowl field. Too beautiful to languish in a museum!

    Jan
    GDP

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  7. «Louis» would gladly exchange the Vachemobile for this prize Lancia! (Though what he REALLY wants is a Packard Caribbean...

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  8. Wow, fancy schmancy! Where can I get one? :-)

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  9. Very nice. Wouldn't it be fun to take a ride in that. Vroooooom!! MB

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  10. 1936 was an incredibly wonderful year and I say that from personal experience. No wonder they produced such a beautiful car. I don't think I've seen one of these in person, though.

    I'll bet Jay Leno has one in his garage(s)!

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  11. Yes, I can remember this car from classic films. How nice to see one up close and personal.

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  12. THE POPE? OMG! I CAN'T imagine the Pope driving around in it - not possible! heheheee
    Nice lil thing though

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  13. I am sure the pope had one, what didn't he have in 1936, compassion? a poor choice in friends, Mussolini and Hitler. The car itself is amazing. I had a friend who had a Lancia. it kicked!

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  14. That is nice! It looks well taken care of too.

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  15. It's gorgeous and all the others, although much more modern, also look great!

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  16. Tis gorgeous. That and a picnic hamper, down country lanes.

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  17. I hope everyone is enlarging the photo! WHAT a CAR!

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  18. That is a REAL car, unlike those other things sitting around it! (though a Packard Caribbean isn't bad, I'm holding out for the Packard dual cowl phaeton circa '33 or so...)
    Three Rivers Daily Photo

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  19. Very nice! It looks like there were quite a few classic cars in that room.

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  20. It's a beauty! Driven by Popes and movie stars? Hmmm. Something to ponder.

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  21. The thing speaks for itself!

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  22. This car reminds me of the days of silent movies and Charlie Chaplin.

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  23. Great looking car. I can imagine Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in a car like that. Hell, I can imagine myself in a car like that!

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  24. My husband would probably wet himself with excitement. Very nice.

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