The Astura, one of the great Lancias of all time

To replace the famous Lambda and later the Dilambda, in 1931 the Artena and Astura were introduced.

The two models were well received and judged as being very satisfactory to drive. Light steering, powerful brakes and excellent road-holding all contributed to the cars' performance. 

The Astura which was to grow into one of the most important cars, started life with the usual narrow V-8 engine of only 2604 cc, which produced a modest 73 bhp giving the car a maximum speed of about 125 km/h.

In 1934 the Astura engine was changed to 3 litres capable of producing 82 bhp and a maximum speed of 130 km/h.

In later years it was fitted with some of the most handsome coachwork of the pre-war period,and was widely adopted as the official government transport for high dignitaries of the Mussolini regime.

Both Artena and Astura were produced in four series and were available throughout the 1930s.

Their development reflected the technology of the period in the form of hydraulic brakes,improved servo design and better shock absorbers, and they more than held their own against newer designs.

The Astura engine with its perfect symmetry is one of the most beautiful Lancia engines.This V-8 is hardly any longer or wider than a V-4 or a conventional four in line,and this made it an easy fit into the same chassis as the Artena.    

Lancia Astura
Model Year Prod. nos. Chassis nos.
1st series tipo 230 1931 - 1932 3 - 500 30.1001 - 30.1496
2nd series tipo 230 1932 - 1933 501 - 1250 30-1501 - 30.2250
3rd series tipo 233 Longo 1933 - 1934 1251 - 1550 33.2501 - 33.2800
  1936 - 1937 1851 - 2458

33.2801 - 33.3408

3rd series tipo 233 Corto 1933 - 1936 1551 - 1850 33.5001 - 33.5303
    2501 - 2528 33.5296 - 33.5327
4th series tipo 241 1937 - 1939 5 - 426 41.2905 - 41.3326
  1942 2 chassis built
Production volumes: Series I & II: 1.246; Series III & IV: 1.665

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Astura 230 Astura 233 Corto Astura 233 Longo Astura 241
Tipo 85 91 91 91
Year of manufacture 1931 - 1933 1933 - 1937 1933 - 1937 1937 - 1939
Cylinders 8, 19ºV 8, 19ºV 8, 19ºV 8, 19ºV
Capacity 2.604cc 69.85x85 mm 2.972cc 74.61x85 mm 2.972cc 74.61x85 mm 2.972cc 74.61x85 mm
Valves Overhead camshaft Overhead camshaft Overhead camshaft Overhead camshaft
Max BHP 73 at 4.000 rpm 82 at 4.000 rpm 82 at 4.000 rpm 82 at 4.000 rpm
Carburettor Zenith 30 DVT double choke downdraught Zenith 30 DVI double choke downdraught Zenith 30 DVI double choke downdraught Zenith 30 DVI double choke downdraught
Ignition Bosch VG 8 A Bosch VG 8 A Bosch VG 8 A Bosch VG 8 A
Clutch Single dry plate Single dry plate Single dry plate Single dry plate
Gearbox 4-speed with reverse 4-speed with reverse 4-speed with reverse 4-speed with reverse
Transmission Cardan shaft Cardan shaft Cardan shaft Cardan shaft
Wheels Rudge Whitworth wire wheels, 14x45 Rudge Whitworth wire wheels, 14x45 Rudge Whitworth wire wheels, 14x45 Steel disc, Fergat-type
Tyres 550x18; 15x45 low pressure 15x45 15x45 16x45
Wheelbase 3.177 mm 3.100 mm 3.332 mm 3.475 mm
Front track 1.374 mm 1.374 mm 1.374 mm 1.400 mm
Rear track 1.396 mm 1.396 mm 1.396 mm 1.420 mm
Maximum width 1.642 mm 1.628 mm 1.628 mm 1.620 mm
Maximum length 4.517 mm 4.593 mm 4.750 mm 4.840 mm
Chassis weight/kerb weight 960/1.250 kg 960/1500 kg 1000/1700 kg 1050/1750 kg
Maximum speed 125 km/h 130 km/h 130 km/h 128 km/h
Fuel consumption 15 L/100 km 15 L/100 km 15 L/100 km 16.5 L/100 km
Maintenance every 3000 km Change engine oil; clean oil filter; clean fuel filter; check engine compression; check valve adjustment; check oil level of gearbox and rear axle; check brake system; lubricate leaf springs.
Maintenance every 8000 km change transmission and rear axle coil; grease front wheel bearings; clean Autoclean filter.

When clothed in one of the beautiful bodies created by such Italian firms as Bertone, Boneschi, Castagna, Pininfarina, Stabilimenti Farina, Touring or Viottithe Astura was among the finest and most satisfying cars of its day.

Other non-Italian coachbuilders were Abbey Coachworks, Carlton Carriage London, Gurney Nutting, March and James Young from Great Britain,

Pourtout from France, Otto Rasch from Germany and Sodomka from Czechoslovakia.

With such enthusiastic support from the coachbuilders the Lancia factory had no need to produce a wide choice of bodywork and confined itself to four and six light saloons in a sort of mid-Atlantic style.

These bodies were also fitted to the Artena. 

 

Being an Astura addict for years I already found lots of pictures on the internet. A summary is given below.

I am trying to set up a database of surviving Asturas. So if you have an Astura,

please mail me a picture, together with data like year, chassis-number, engine-number, coach, coachbuilder, etcetera. 

Please mail to: info@jancia.eu

Information will not be passed to other people and treated discretely.

 

1931

   

1931 Lancia Astura Saloon 1st Series 1931 Lancia Astura Saloon 1st Series  

 

1932

   

1933 Lancia Astura Convertible 1932 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Convertible Claretta 1932 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Convertible

1932 Lancia Astura Drop head Coupe James Young 2nd Series Before restoration 1932 Lancia Astura Drop head Coupe James Young 2nd Series After restoration 1932 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 2nd Series
1932 Lancia Astura Coupe Pinin Farina 2nd Series 1932 Lancia Astura Saloon 1932 Lancia Astura Saloon Boneschi
1932 Lancia Astura Saloon 1932 Lancia Astura Autocarro 1932 Lancia Astura Torpedo 3Ltr

 

1933

   
1933 Lancia Astura Saloon Abbey Coachworks 1933 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1933 Lancia Astura Convertible Touring
1933 Lancia Astura Double Phaeton Castagna Grand Sport Before restoration 1933 Lancia Astura Double Phaeton Castagna Grand Sport After restoration 1933 Lancia Astura Saloon Farina SWB
1933 Lancia Astura Sports Tourer Viotti 1933 Lancia Astura Sports Tourer Viotti 1933 Lancia Astura Saloon Castagna

 

1934

   

1934 Lancia Astura Convertible John Charles 3rd Series

1934 Lancia Astura Tourer 1934 Lancia Astura Roadster Vanden Plas
1934 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina 1934 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1934 Lancia Astura Sports Tourer Viotti 3rd Series
1934 Lancia Astura Steady Special 1934 Lancia Astura Saloon Abbey Coachworks 1934 Lancia Astura Saloon 233 Longo 3rd Series

 

1935

   
1935 Lancia Astura Roadster Pinin Farina 1935 Lancia Astura Roadster Pinin Farina  
1935 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1935 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1935 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina
1935 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1935 Lancia Astura March 1935 Lancia Astura 233 Coupe Pinin Farina
1935 Lancia Astura Coupe Gran Lusso Stabilimenti Farina 1935 Lancia Astura Saloon Vesters & Neirinck 1935 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina SWB 3rd Series
1935 Lancia Astura Aerodynamica Castagna Coupe Before Restoration 1935 Lancia Astura Aerodynamica Castagna Coupe After Restoration 2007 Lancia Astura Aerodynamica 233C Replica
1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 3rd Series 1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 3rd Series

 

1936

   
1936 Lancia Astura Tourer 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Tourer 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Otto Rasch of Frankfurt
1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3rd Series
1936 Lancia Astura Tourer 3rd Series Gurney Nutting
1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 233C 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina Aerodinamico LWB 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Tipo 233C Pinin Farina
1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Tipo Bocca Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Tipo Bocca Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina
1936 Lancia Astura Modified to a tractor 1936 Lancia Astura Coupe Victoria 3rd Series Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Short Wheelbase
1936 Lancia Astura Saloon 3rd Series Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Short Wheelbase 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Long Wheelbase

 

1937

   
1937 Lancia Astura Convertible 'Haugen' 1937 Lancia Astura Convertible 'Haugen' 1937 Lancia Astura Convertible Sodomka
1937 Lancia Astura Saloon Mayfair Carriage 1937 Lancia Astura Saloon Kevill-Davies and March 1937 Lancia Astura Coupe
1937 Lancia Astura Racing Machine HT 1937 Lancia Astura Trasformabile LWB Boneschi 4th Series 1937 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina Extra Lusso

 

1938

   
1938 Lancia Astura Spider Pinin Farina 4th Series 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina  1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series
1938 Lancia Astura Gran Lusso Convertible Boneschi 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina ex Berlin Motorshow
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 'Lagenland' 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 'Malaga' 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible tipo Bocca Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible tipo Bocca Pinin Farina at Louwman  
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina Brasil   1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina
1938 Lancia Astura Torpedo Lungo Ministeriale Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Torpedo Lungo Ministeriale Pinin Farina Mussolini Hitler 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Ministeriale
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina Tipo 91 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina  1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1938 Lancia Astura Sports Coupé Pourtout
1938 Lancia Astura Mille Miglia 1938 Lancia Astura Coupe de Ville Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura 4th Series Touring
1938 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Saloon Stabilimenti Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series 1938 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina ex Haile Selassie car

 

1939

   
1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series Bonfanti
1939 Lancia Astura Motto Barchetta 1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1938-39 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina eBay photo 2008
1939 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Convertible Stabilimenti Farina 4th Series Mussolini Hitler 1939 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Convertible Stabilimenti Farina 4th Series Mussolini Hitler

1939 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Convertible Boneschi Mussolini Hitler

1939 Lancia Astura Berlina Boneschi 1939 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina 1939 Lancia Astura Coupe Pinin Farina 4th Series
1939 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina 4th Series   1939 Lancia Astura Saloon Farina

 

1940

   
 
1940 Lancia Astura Limousine-Landaulet 6 Posti Pinin Farina    

 

1940 - 1945

   
1942 Lancia Astura Lince 1942 Lancia Astura Lince 1943 King Vittorio Emanuele riding in a Lancia Astura

 

1946

   
1946 Lancia Astura Convertible Speciale Barocco Pinin Farina 1946 Lancia Astura Convertible Speciale Barocco Pinin Farina 1946 Lancia Astura Convertible Speciale Barocco Pinin Farina

 

1947

   
1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina

 

UNDATED

   
Lancia Astura Saloon Righini Lancia Astura Saloon  
Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series Ex Dovaz collection Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series  
 
Le Piazza della Vittoria a Anacapri with two Lancia Astura Convertibles   1939 Lancia Astura Convertible 4th Series at Jancia

 

RARITIES

   
Lancia Astura Funerale Lancia Astura Funerale Lancia Astura Funerale Carrozzeria Fissore

 

AT THE MOVIES

   

Lancia Astura Convertible Film Le Petit Monde de Don Camillo 1952

Lancia Astura Saloon Film Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli 1962 Lancia Astura Saloon Film The Sicilian 1987
Lancia Astura saloon Film Dracula cerca sangue di vergine 1974 Lancia Astura Saloon Series War and Remembrance 1988 Lancia Astura Saloon Film The English Patient 1996

 

A picture of your Astura could be placed here...

 The Lancia Astura.

The most beautiful car ever made. 

Though some disagree.....

To their opinion they are right.

I am trying to set up a database of surviving Asturas.

So if you have an Astura, please mail me a picture,

together with data like year, chassis-number, engine-number, coach, coachbuilder etcetera.

Please mail to: info@jancia.eu

Information will not be passed to other people and treated discretely.