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1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer / 489 Vehicle Information

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 photograph

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High bid of $280,000 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona. (did not sell)
The Isotta Fraschini automobile bears the name of its founders, Cesare Isotta, and Vincenzo, Oreste and Antonio Fraschini. Before the Milanese friends and brothers founded Automobili Isotta, Fraschini & Company in 1900, they assembled Renaults.

They were among the early pioneers of the overhead camshaft engine, with an engine designed by Giustino Cattaneo. Isotta Fraschini introduced the Tipo 8, the first production automobile to be powered by a straight-eight engine, at the Paris Salon in 1919 and began delivering them to customers in 1920.

Isotta Fraschini also marketed deluxe limousines to the new American aristocracy. Early film stars Clara Bow and Rudolph Valentino drove Isotta Fraschinis.

Isotta Fraschini was a pioneer of eight-cylinder engines, offering the world's first mass-production, inline, eight-cylinder engine in 1912. This dedication to new technology and luxury appointments made the brand popular in the United States, where among foreign brands only Rolls-Royce outsold them for a time. Isottas were also wildly expensive, a rolling chassis retailed for a then-stratospheric $10,000 each by the mid-1920s.

Seriously affected by the economic crisis of the 1930s and by the disruptions of World War II, Isotta Fraschini stopped manufacturing automobiles in 1949.

It is believed that approximately twenty surviving complete Tipo 8 Isottas of all body styles remain in existence. The original owner of this chassis (number 489) is not known. In the 1970 book The Custom Body Era, Hugo Rfau recorded many of his recollections while working alongside Ray Dietrich, Frank Pease, Ralph Roberts, and Roland Stickney as a young office assistant/draftsman at the coachbuilding firm of LeBaron. Pfau mentions Mr. George Piperno, an enthusiast of Isotta and LeBaron, who had 'five or six with LeBaron bodies.' Four of Piperno's Isotta Fraschini's are known, of which three survived World War II. Further evidence which suggests this car may have been owned by Piperno is a rendering by a LeBaron colleague (Mr. Roland Stickney) of Pfau. The image is unmistakably this car, along with his firsthand identification of this car as the first of several LeBaron-bodied Isottas built for Piperno.

Mr. William Pollock purchased this car at some point after World War II. The car remained in the Pollock Collection from 1954 to 1961, as is noted in classic car registers. By 1968, the car was listed as being with Alfred N. Rodway, of Cleveland, Ohio, who kept in his museum, Rodway's Classic Era. It is believed that Rodway performed a cosmetic restoration at that time, finishing the car in the two-tone color scheme of black and red to highlight the signature LeBaron 'spade' that sweeps down the length of the hood. At that time, several pieces of the interior were reupholstered.

In 1970, Mr. Walter Weimer of Washington, Pennsylvania became the car's next caretaker. He owned it for five years before selling it to LaVerne Johnson, of Gregory, Michigan. The Johnson family would retain the car for the better part of four decades. In 2000, they commissioned Clark-Patton Inc., of Plymouth, Michigan, to perform a mechanical restoration, which reportedly included an engine rebuild. Further work was later performed by Brian Joseph, which included the relining of the clutch's friction linings, replacing the transmission pilot bearing, cleaning the clutch splines, adjusting the clutch, inspecting the brakes, and installing new tires.



2016 Motostalgia Auction - Indianapolis Brickyard

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $395,000-USD $440,000 
Lot was not sold

2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $400,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $280,000

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1924 sales)
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet by Carrozzeria Sala
Chassis#: 655
Sold for USD$270,991
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 image  1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 image  
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet by Sala & Riva
Chassis#: 655
Sold for USD$434,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 image  1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 image  
1924 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 384
Sold for USD$447,000
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet by Carrozzeria Sala6552019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $400,000$550,000
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet by Carrozzeria Sala6552019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $450,000$650,000
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer4892016 Motostalgia Auction Indianapolis Brickyard $395,000$440,000
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer by LeBaron4892015 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$280,000$350,000$400,000

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Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Vehicle Profiles
Phaeton
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Phaeton

Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Model Year: 1924
Tourer
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 489
Engine Num: 500
Model Year: 1924
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis Num: 605
Engine Num: 604
Model Year: 1924
Profile

Landaulet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Landaulet

Coachbuilder: Sala & Riva
Chassis Num: 655
Engine Num: 664
Model Year: 1924
Profile and Auction History
Boattail
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Boattail

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 720
Model Year: 1925
Profile and Auction History
Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer

Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Model Year: 1927
Profile

Coupe Chauffeur
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Coupe Chauffeur

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Model Year: 1927
Profile
Roadster
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 1175
Engine Num: 1174
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1363
Engine Num: 1385
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History

Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer

Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis Num: 839
Engine Num: 662
Model Year: 1927
Profile and Auction History
Imperial Landaulet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Imperial Landaulet

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Landaulet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Landaulet

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Model Year: 1928
Profile

Convertible Coupe
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1353
Model Year: 1928
Profile
Landaulet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Landaulet

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1380
Engine Num: 1414
Model Year: 1928
Profile and Auction History
Commodore
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Commodore

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1549
Model Year: 1928
Profile

Commodore
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Commodore

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Engine Num: 1596
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Imperial Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Imperial Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Coupe De Ville
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Coupe De Ville

Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Model Year: 1929
Profile

Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 1402
Engine Num: 1630
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1482
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Convertible Sedan
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 1571
Engine Num: 1591
Model Year: 1929
Profile and Auction History

Transformable
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Transformable

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1587
Model Year: 1929
Profile
Limousine
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Limousine

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1592
Model Year: 1929
Profile
SS Convertible Sedan
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 SS Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Model Year: 1930
Profile

SS Convertible Sedan
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 SS Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1578
Engine Num: 1522
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Boattail Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Boattail Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1581
Engine Num: 1599
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Special Sports Torpedo
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Special Sports Torpedo

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1659
Model Year: 1930
Profile

Flying Star Roadster
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Flying Star Roadster

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 687
Engine Num: 715
Model Year: 1930
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Dansk Karosseri Fabrik
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Commodore
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Commodore

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Model Year: 1932
Profile

Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton

Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1664
Engine Num: 1664
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History


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