1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Phaeton / 1363 Chassis Information

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Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 1363
Engine #: 1385
Cesare Isotta and Oreste Fraschini founded their company in 1900. A year later, at the Milan Exposition, the company displayed their first primitive 5 horsepower, single-cylinder car. With the company's involvement in motor sport, the progress was rapid, with celebrated victories including the 1908 Targa Florio and a second place in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup. Isotta-Fraschini built engines for the aircraft industry and were favored with Government orders for their aero engines.

Chief Engineer, Giustino Cattaneo, focused on a one model policy for Isotta-Fraschini in the 1920's, launching the world's first production straight-eight motor car, the Tipo 8, in 1920. The early Isotta engines were push-rod operated with overhead valves and displaced 5.9 liters. The vehicles featured mechanical, servo-operated, four-wheel brakes which provided ample stopping power.

In 1925, the company introduced the Tipo 8A, and featured an engine of 7,372cc displacement along with vacuum-assisted braking and was offered in three different engine specifications, the Spinto and Superspinto developing 150 horsepower.

The standard Tipo 8A had a wheelbase of 145-inch; the S and SS models had a 134-inch wheelbase frame. These short-wheelbase versions were often given a high-compression engine and a higher axle ratio for high-speed driving.

The Isotta Fraschini was the second most popular foreign manufacturer after Rolls-Royce, with price tags that exceeded even those of the Duesenberg Model J. The chassis alone was priced at $9,750 while coach-built models could cost upwards of $20,000. A third of all Tipo 8 models went to the United States.

An improved Tipo 8B featured a four-speed transmission and was introduced in 1931. It is believed that fewer than 100 examples were built compared with 320 of the Tipo 8 and 950 of the 8A.

In 1932, the company was purchased by aircraft manufacturer, Count Caproni di Talideo. Pre-war production ceased in 1935, with Isotta Fraschini concentrating on aero engines and trucks thereafter. An abortive comeback attempt following in 1947 with a rear-engined V8, but the project foundered after just a few cars had been completed.

This 1927 Isotta-Fraschini Model 8ASS wears Five-Passenger Dual Cowl Phaeton coachwork by LeBaron. It was delivered new to America and was first the property of Piperno of New York. By the mid-1970s, the car was owned by Peter Ferwarda of Rahway, New Jersey. The subsequent owner was Bob Rooke of New Jersey who had the car restored and by then with a Victoria 'Cape' top.

The current owner acquired the car several years ago and was responsible for bringing it to the excellent condition in which it can be found in modern times. It was given a comprehensive restoration after which it was extensively toured.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 1363
Engine #: 1385
Like Mercedes-Benz and FIAT, Isotta Faschini gained prestige and technical know-how from its early racing endeavors. Isotta was the first automaker to offer four-wheel brakes as standard equipment on its production cars. They introduced the first production straight 8-cylinder engine at the Paris Salon in 1919 well before Duesenberg and Bugatti.

The 1920s was the era of the coachbuilders and while the mechanicals were produced by Isotta Fraschini, the coachwork was done by LeBaron Inc., of New York and Connecticut. The 8-AS features a 7.3-liter powerplant rated at 120 horsepower.


2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale

Lot was not sold

2010 FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS' MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA

Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Boat-Tail Tourer
Chassis#: 839
Sold for $407,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sala Torpedo
Sold for $390,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster by Fleetwood11752018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,500,000$2,000,000
1927 ISOTTA FRASCHINI LEBARON 8A S DUAL COWL13632015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS Tourer13902013 Bonhams The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $250,000$300,000
1927 Isotta-Fraschini Model 8ASS Five Passenger Dual Cowl Phaeton13632010 FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS' MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 489
Engine Num: 500
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis Num: 605
Engine Num: 604
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Sala & Riva
Chassis Num: 655
Engine Num: 664
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1925 Boattail
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 720
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Coupe Chauffeur
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 1175
Engine Num: 1174
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1363
Engine Num: 1385
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis Num: 839
Engine Num: 662
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Imperial Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini 8A SS1928 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1353
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1380
Engine Num: 1414
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1928 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1549
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Engine Num: 1596
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Imperial Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Coupe De Ville
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 1402
Engine Num: 1630
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1482
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 1571
Engine Num: 1591
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Transformable
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1587
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1592
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 SS Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 SS Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1578
Engine Num: 1522
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Boattail Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1581
Engine Num: 1599
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Special Sports Torpedo
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1659
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Flying Star Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 687
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini 8A SS1932 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1933 Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1664
Engine Num: 1664


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