For the first time ever, the winner of the coveted Best Of Show award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a Lancia.
Richard Mattei’s 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was selected by judges to receive the Best Of Show award – much to Mattei’s surprise. This was the Paradise Valley, Arizona native’s first time participating in the Concours d’Elegance and, as mentioned, the first time a Lancia took top honors.
Mattei commissioned a six-year restoration of the Pininfarina-bodied Lancia after purchasing it in 2009. The car’s prior owner was Eric Clapton, who joked that driving it was “the most fun I’ve had offstage and out of bed.” With a 2.9-liter V8 producing 82 horsepower and beautiful, sweeping bodywork, the open-top Lancia offers a good blend of performance and flair.
“This Lancia is a true combination of speed and style,” Concours Chairman Sandra Button said of the award recipient. “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.”
A total of 228 cars from 16 countries and 30 states participated in this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Other finalists for the Best Of Show award include a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria.