1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Tipo Bocca (Pininfarina)
Lancia Astura Cabriolet Tipo Bocca (Pininfarina), 1936
Just six examples of this luxurious roadster were built, each powered by an 82bhp 2972cc V8 and featuring one of the earliest examples of a powered roof
The body designed by Mario Revelli di Beaumont, who took full advantage of the narrow-angle V-8 to create a rakish yet restrained cabriolet design. The design would come to be known as “Tipo Bocca” in reference to Vittorio Bocca, an important Lancia dealer at the time who would eventually commission a number of cars in this style.
The aerodynamic profile features a sloping, rounded grille, whose horizontal bars are interrupted by a dramatic “waterfall” of chrome strakes running from the slim, elegant bumper to the base of a vee’d windshield. The peaked front fenders are separated from the body by rounded fairings that feature individually integrated headlights and driving lights, while the rear fender spats also contribute to the clean, smooth lines. The open car’s streamlined horizontal emphasis is reinforced by a chrome strake running the entire length of the body as well as horizontal engine compartment vents, features that are accentuated when the halves of the split windshield are folded flat. Gently curving body sides feature an early use of curved side windows. Highlighting the car’s restrained elegance was its subtle, pale grey paint with blue upholstery and power-actuated convertible top, the latter a great novelty for 1936.
Source: autocar.co.uk; rmsothebys.com