While a recognised pioneer in unitised construction, Lancia elected to use a reinforced ladder frame for the Astura line. Lancia was also looking forward by fitting the frame with advanced technology for the day, including a narrow-angle V8 (only 19-degrees), 12-volt electrics and Lancia's sophisticated front suspension. A top speed of up to 75 mph was claimed for the car, but drivers valued the V8's smooth torque more than its impressive top-gear speed.
The Lancia Astura in this gallery stands as a one-off commission. It is believed that this car once served the sisters of a convent outside Sondrio, Italy. The car had been donated to the convent by a Milanese nobleman. This history is indirectly documented by a small badge on the car which reads "Sanctus Christopherus protegit nos." It asks St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, to protect them. However, the St. Christopher badge is not an uncommon feature among Catholic road travellers.
The convent's wine cellar proved an ideal space to store the Lancia Astura during the War. The car remained there unmolested for many years.
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