In 1931 Lancia replaced the Lambda with two models: the four-cylinder Artena and the larger, V8-powered Astura. Both were introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1931. For the third series of the Astura, built between 1933 and ’37, the model was offered in short- and long-wheelbase variants and its engine upgraded to 3.0-litre 17° V8 producing 82bhp.
The Astura chassis was used by various coachbuilders to create coupes, convertibles and sedans. This car was built in 1934, and bought by the famous racing driver and journalist Giovanni Lurani. Period pictures show him racing it in 1934 with cut-down bodywork and baquet seats. Lurani perhced high and wrestling at the wheel.
In 1935 the car was rebodied by Stabilimenti Farina with this rather more elegant cabriolet body. The car is now part of the Lopresto Collection, and has been painstakingly restored to original condition.