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Chassis no. 30*2056 - Engine no. 1066
Coachbuilder: Carrozzeria Castagna Milano
Categories: A- Concept and show cars; B- Prototypes; C- One-off models; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; J- Movie cars; L- Limited edition cars
Owner: Private Collection
It is the only car in the world to win the Coppa D'Oro Villa Este twice. It was bought by tobacco heiress Doris Duke aka
"the richest girl in the world".
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Presented in 1931, the Astura was one of the great Italian cars of the Thirties.
The Astura was born out of the Dilambda, a luxurious 4 liter V8 introduced in 1929 and aimed at the US market for luxury cars. In 1931 Lancia approved of the design and building of two new cars which were very similar but with different engines. The Artena was a V4 engined car just below 2 liters and the Astura was a 2.6 liter V8.
The Astura had a box section chassis, independent front suspension and it was so attractive that it became one of the chassis of choice for all the various Italian coachbuilders of the time.
This one-off torpedo is unique, the only Castagna bodied version in double phaeton style. It is a Series II car but with a series III engine.
It was exhibited at the 1933 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance where it won the most coveted award, the Coppa d’Oro Referendum.
Mr. Ettore Castagna had a big show room in New York (together with Isotta Fraschini) managed by the engineer Veniero D'Annunzio, son of the great italian poet. Mr D'Annunzio managed to sell the extraordinary automobile to the famous, well known tobacco heiress from New Jersey, Doris Duke. Many wealthy and prestigious owners followed.
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history - owners & events
1933 - 1934
owner: Ettore Castagna |
16th September 1933 - 17th September 1933
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
| Cernobbio (CO) | Italy
driver: Ettore Castagna
1934 - 1946
owner: Doris Duke |
1946 - 1955
owner: Erdmann N. Brandt |
5th September 1999
Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo
| Appledorn | Netherlands
driver: Guido Lamperti
23rd April 2004 - 25th April 2004
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
| Cernobbio (CO) | Italy
driver: Guido Lamperti
entry number: 28
3rd March 2005 - 13th March 2005
Geneva International Motor Show
| Ginevra | Switzerland
17th August 2008
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
| Carmel by the Sea (CA) | United States - California
driver: Guido Lamperti
entry number: 6
24th September 2010 - 27th September 2010
uniques special ones international concours
| Florence | Italy
driver: Guido Lamperti
entry number: 3
8th September 2012 - 9th September 2012
Concorso Internazionale di Eleganza per Autovetture ASI-Città di Torino
| Turin | Italy
driver: Guido Lamperti
entry number: 8

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