1936 Lancia Astura shines at Pebble Beach

A 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet owned by Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, Arizona, was named Best of Show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. (Credit: Ron Kimball/Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance) (PRNewsFoto/Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance)

A 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet owned by Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, Arizona, was named Best of Show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. (Credit: Ron Kimball/Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance) (PRNewsFoto/Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance)

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ _ The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.

“I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!” Mattei said. His Lancia also won its class and was named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible.

The cabriolet was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton, who declared it to be “the most fun I’ve had off stage and out of bed.” Pininfarina later purchased the car for its collection and it remained there for decades. 

“This Lancia is a true combination of speed and style,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Pinin Farina took a fantastic car and added many spectacular attributes, including a power top, curved side glass windows and the unusual basket-woven trim. This car is sport and luxury embodied.”

Mattei purchased the Lancia in 2009 and spent about six years restoring it.

The Pebble Beach Concours competition drew 228 cars from 16 countries and 30 states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

As usual, there were many strong contenders for Best of Show honors. Final nominees included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection and shown by Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nev., and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, N.J.

The 67th Pebble Beach Concours is scheduled for Aug. 20, 2017, and the 68th Pebble Beach Concours Aug. 26, 2018. For more information, visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

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