1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet / 1402 Chassis Information

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: 1402
Engine # 1630
Fabbrica Automobili Isotta Fraschini was founded in Milan in 1900 by partners Cesare Isotta and the Faschini brothers, Oreste, Vincenzo and Antonio. Isotta Fraschini began by importing Renault cars into Italy before going into production with a five-horsepower, single-cylinder prototype that was displayed at the Milan Exposition in 1901. Just four years later, the company had become Ital's second biggest motor manufacturer. The company's involvement in motor sports helped fuel their swift rise in popularity. Oreste Fraschini took second place in the Sassi-Superga Hillclimb in June of 1920. In 1908, the company scored a monumental victory in the grueling Targa Florio and took a second place finish in the Vanderbilt Cup.

In 1910, Isotta Fraschini introduced the world's first car with four wheel brakes. In 1913, three Isotta Fraschinis were entered in the Indianapolis 500 race - thus becoming the first cars with four-wheel brakes to compete in that event.

The Tipo 8 chassis was powered by the world's first series-produced straight-eight. It was developed prior to WWI by chief engineer Giustino Cattaneo and introduced in August of 1919. The 5.9-liter, pushrod-operated overhead-valve unit developed 80 horsepower at 2200 RPM. It had a nine-bearing crankshaft, magneto ignition, and an alloy cylinder block. The engine was mated to a three-speed gearbox with multi-plate clutch. The chassis was suspended in place by semi-elliptic springs. Of course, servo-operated four wheel brakes remained at all four corners.

The Tipo 8 was intended for the lucrative United States market and was designed as a chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle. Customers throughout the world included Queen of Rumania, the King of Italy, Pope Pius XI, Benito Mussolini, and a host of European princes, film stars Rudolph Valentio and Clara Bow, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey. Other customers included King Fuad of Egypt, King Faisal of Iraq, the Aga Khan and various Indian maharajahs.

In 1925, the company introduced the Tipo 8A. It had a larger 7372cc engine that produced 115 horsepower in standard trim, making it the most powerful straight-eight in production. Other mechanical improvements included vacuum-assisted brakes and three-speed synchromesh transmission. The chassis was available in three different engine specifications, with the Spinto and Superspinto derivatives with higher compressions developed 150 horsepower. The standard Tipo 8A had a wheelbase size of 145-inches. The S and SS models had a shorter 134-inch wheelbase.

The Duesenberg Model J was notoriously expensive, however the Isotta Fraschini exceeded the price of the Duesy. The chassis alone was priced at $9,750 while coachbuilt models could cost upwards of $20,000.

One-third of all Tipo 8 production went to the United States; Isotta Fraschini was the second most popular foreign US manufacturer after Rolls-Royce.

In 1931, Isotta Fraschini introduced the Tipo 8B featuring a four-speed transmission. However, with the Great Depression in full swing, fewer than 100 examples were built compared with 320 of the Tipo 8 and 950 of the Tipo 8A.

Henry Ford had a plan to save the company but that failed. It was later bought by aircraft manufacturer Count Caproni di Talideo in 1932. Prewar car production ceased in 1935.

This particular example was delivered to its first owner F.I.G. Vingerhoets of Bruxelles, Belguim in October of 1929. It wears coachwork by Carrosserie Franay in Paris. The engine may be to 8AS specification, as it is a high engine number on a short chassis and there is a vacuum tank located behind the engine.

This short wheelbase car is finished in black with a black convertible top, has a narrow windshield, non-skirted fenders, a high beltline, square side windows, a formal top, a slanted and squared-off continental trunk with spare. The overhead valve V8 engine is fitted with 2 Zenith carburetors and produces 115 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission, leaf spring suspension setup, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$600,000-$700,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE
Chassis#: 1390
Sold for $564,410
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan by Floyd-Derham
Chassis#: 1571
Sold for $473,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SS CASTAGNA ROADSTER
Chassis#: 00000001482
Sold for $1,320,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A CABRIOLET Coachwork by Franay14022016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $600,000$700,000
1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Roadster14852009 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile $425,000$475,000

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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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