For the first time, a Lancia took home the Best in Show title at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this past weekend, inarguably the most prestigious award in the concours world.
The 1936 Lancia Astura cabriolet owned by first-time Pebble Beach participant Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, Arizona is one of six bodied this way by Pinin Farina, explains Hemmings.
The car’s post-war history is supremely interesting: after languishing in a U.K. collection, it was found near-derelict and purchased for roughly $40. When brought to the attention of Pininfarina by its new owner, the coachbuilder offered to restore it for free.
The Astura cabriolet was then eventually passed on to owner Eric Clapton – yes, that one – who later sold it to Pininfarina themselves.
Mattei bought the car in 2009, tried to auction it off at Pebble Beach the next year, and when it failed to meet its reserve price, he kept it.
Mattei spent the past six years having the car restored to immaculate condition, time that’s apparently paid off in the form of this win (it also took the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible award at the show).
The car features a power top, basket-weave trim and curved side glass.