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.

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

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 3rd Series Engine

  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 Viotti the 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 1931 Lancia Astura Autocarro    

1932

1932 Lancia Astura Convertible 1932 Lancia Astura Torpedo 3Ltr 1932 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Convertible Claretta 1932 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Convertible

1932 Lancia Astura Saloon

 

1932 Lancia Astura Saloon Boneschi 1932 Lancia Astura Coupe Pinin Farina 2nd Series

1932 Lancia Astura Drop head Coupe 2nd Series James Young

 

1932 Lancia Astura Carlton Carriage of Willesden

1933

1933 Lancia Astura Saloon Abbey Coachworks

1933 Lancia Astura Double Phaeton, Castagna 

Before restoration

1933 Lancia Astura Double Phaeton, Castagna

After restoration

 
1933 Lancia Astura Convertible Viotti

1933 Lancia Astura Convertible Viotti

1933 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina

 
1934
1934 Lancia Astura Saloon Abbey Coachworks 1934 Lancia Astura Saloon 233 Longo 3rd Series 1934 Lancia Astura Sport (UK) 1934 Lancia Astura Convertible John Charles 3rd Series 
     
1934 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina      
1935
1925 Lancia Astura Saloon Longo
1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 3rd Series

 

1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 3rd Series

1935 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina 3rd Series

1935 Lancia Astura 233 Coupe 1935 Lancia Astura Roadster Pinin Farina

1935 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina

Lancia Astura PF Convertible
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 Coupe Gran Lusso Stabilimenti Farina

1935 Lancia Astura Aerodynamica Castagna Coupe

2007 Lancia Astura Aerodynamica 233C Replica

1936
 
1936 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina Short Wheelbase

 

1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Short Wheelbase 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Long Wheelbase  
   
1936 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Coupe Victoria Pinin Farina 3rd Series    
1936 Lancia Astura Tourer 3rd Series  1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Gurney Nutting 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3rd Series 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3rd Series

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 233C

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina Aerodinamico LWB 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible tipo Bocca Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Tipo 233C Pinin Farina

1936 Lancia Astura Modified to a tractor

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible tipo Bocca Pinin Farina 1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina

1936 Lancia Astura Tourer 3rd Series

1937
1937 Lancia Astura Convertible Sodomka 1937 Lancia Astura Saloon Mayfair Carriage 1937 Lancia Astura Roadster Pinin Farina 1937 Lancia Astura Convertible 'Haugen'
   
1937 Lancia Astura Coupe

 1937 Lancia Astura Saloon Kevill-Davies and March

 

 

1938

1938 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Saloon Stabilimenti Farina

1938 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina ex-car of Haile Selassie 1938 Lancia Astura Mille Miglia 1938 Lancia Astura Coupe de Ville Pinin Farina

 

 

1938 Lancia Astura 4th Series Touring

1938 Lancia Astura Sports Coupé Pourtout 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 

1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina  1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 
 
1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina Tipo 91 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series  
 
1938 Lancia Astura Torpedo Lungo Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Ministeriale  

1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 'Lagenland' 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina ex Berlin Motorshow

1938 Lancia Astura Convertible tipo Bocca Pinin Farina

1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 'Malaga' 1938 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

 1938 Lancia Astura Gran Lusso Convertible Boneschi

1939
 
1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Motto Barchetta  
1939 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Convertible Pinin Farina
4th Series Mussolini
1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Ministeriale Convertible Boneschi Mussolini

1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 

1939 Lancia Astura PF Coupe
1939 Lancia Astura Saloon Farina 1939 Lancia Astura Saloon Pinin Farina  1939 Lancia Astura Coupe Pinin Farina 4th Series 1939 Lancia Astura Berlina Boneschi
1940
1940 Lancia Astura Limousine-Landaulet 6 Posti Pinin Farina

 

1941-45
1942 Lancia Astura Lince 1942 Lancia Astura Lince 1942 Lancia Astura Lince 1943 King Vittorio Emanuele riding in a Lancia Astura
1946
 
1947
1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

 

1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

Concours d'Elegance in Nice in January 1950 (Thanks to Dominique Laporte)

1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Stabilimenti Farina

1947 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina

 
Undated

Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series Ex Dovaz collection

Where is it now?

Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series Lancia Astura Saloon Lancia Astura Saloon Righini
   

Lancia Astura Saloon 4th Series

 

     
Rarities      
Lancia Astura Funerale

Lancia Astura Saloon Militare

1934 Lancia Astura Steady Special Lancia Astura Saloon film Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli 1962

 

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.

 

My Asturas

 

 

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Gurney Nutting 33-3094

 
 

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 3th Series 33-3096

1936 Lancia Astura Convertible PF S3
1939 Lancia Astura Convertible Pinin Farina 4th Series 41-3239
 

1935 Lancia Astura Saloon 3th Series 33-2896

     
If you have pictures of Asturas not displayed on this page, please mail them to me.

Please mail to: info@jancia.eu

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.

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