The chassis of this Isotta Fraschini was built in Italy and then delivered to the LeBaron Company in the United States to have the boattail body with single rumble seat put on it. Its 160 horsepower straight eight engine made this a powerful and fast car. This is the first time that the automobile has been on public display since the 1930s, having spent most of its 22,000 miles in and around Louisiana. The Isotta Fraschini was first owned by the flamboyant aviation pioneer Harry Williams and his wife, the silent movie star Marguerite Clark.
Built in Italy and with Custom Coachwork by LeBaron, this Isotta-Fraschini was introduced at the 1928 New York Auto Show. Two such custom boattail bodies were produced. Isotta-Fraschini's were favorites among those such as silent movie star Rudolph Valentino and this particular car was owned by 'America's Darling of Broadway and The Silent Screen,' Marguerite Clark (born in Cincinnati, Ohio) and her husband the aviator Harry Williams. Ms. Clark was the inspiration for the Walt Disney character of 'Snow White.'
This Isotta-Fraschini is powered by an 8ASS Super Eight of 160 horsepower that was guaranteed to perform at 100 miles per hour. The standard horsepower was 120 HP.
The company claimed the vehicle could accelerate to a top speed of 90 miles per hour. The standard model sat atop a 145-inch wheelbase while a sportier version was fitted with a 134-inch wheelbase. The price to own one of these magnificent cars was not cheap, weighing in around $20,000 - often more than a Model J Duesenberg.
This car, which has been unknown to the collector community, is a wonderful piece of history. In 2007, it was shown for the first time in public since the 1930's. The car only has 22,000 original miles and was previously owned by collector Jim Thomas of Florida since the 1960's.Also photographed at :