1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton / 1664 Chassis Information

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Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Coachwork: Castagna
Chassis #: 1664
Engine # 1664
Sold for $1,089,000 at 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company.
Sold for $902,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
One of the early racing highlights of the Società Milanese Automobili Isotta, Fraschini & C. was a victory in the 1908 Targa Florio. The early production vehicles focused on high-horsepower and were very successful in motorsports. In 1919, the firm moved into the luxury automotive market with the introduction of the Tipo 8.

The Tipo 8 was introduced by Isotta Fraschini in 1919, making it the first vehicle to feature a 'production' inline eight-cylinder engine. In 1924, the Tipo 8 chassis was thoroughly redesigned resulting in improved performance and a more comfortable ride. Another benefit was that it could accommodate even larger, heavier, and more stately bodies that had grown in popularity during the mid-1920s. This new update was soon dubbed the Tipo 8A.

At least one-third of 8A models were sold in the United States, with the chassis alone cost around $9,750. With complete coachwork, the cost often exceeded $20,000.

Originally displayed at the 1933 Paris Salon, this car was shipped to the US and sold to radio comedian Joe 'Wanna Buy a Duck' Penner. The car later became the property of Pacific Auto Rentals, a rental company serving major Hollywood studios.

This Isotta Fraschini has been featured in several movies including:
- Giant (1956) starring James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor
- Mr. Imperium (1951) starring Lana Turner and Debbie Reynolds.
- Without Reservations (1946) starring Claudette Colbert, John Wayne and Don Defore
- Invisible Agent (1942) starring Jon Hall, Ilona Massey, Peter Lorre and Cedric Hardwicke.

The coachwork was created by Ercole Castagna and is a two-door, dual cowl sports tourer. It is a one-off body with art-deco-style ornamentation on the radiator stone guard which depicts the rays of the sun. There is a rakish V-shaped windscreen, dual cut-down doors, torpedo-style running boards, and twin rear-mounted spares.

After being shown at the Paris Auto Show, the car was shipped to the Isotta Fraschini showroom in New York City for collection by American celebrity Joe Penner. Penner was a popular radio comedian whose catchphrase was 'Wanna buy a duck?' By the 1940s, the car was on the West Coast and in the collection of Pacific Auto Rentals, owned by George Schweiger. His collection of cars numbered in the 150s and many were often used by the Hollywood studios and featured in films. This Tipo 8A was used in the 1956 film, Without Reservations, starring John Wayne and Collette Colbert. It would be used in several other movies during the 1940s and the 1950s.

The car was treated to a restoration in the late 1960s when it was purchased by Matt Browning of Ogden, Utah. While in his care, the car was featured in Angelo Tito Anselmi's book on the marque, Isotta Fraschini. Ownership later past to the famed Otis Chandler collection and then to another prominent collection.

In 2009, this one-off Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Sports Tourer was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $1,089,000 including buyer's premium.

Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Coachwork: Castagna
Chassis #: 1664
Engine # 1664
Sold for $1,089,000 at 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company.
Sold for $902,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
This Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A is fitted with the more powerful 8A SS engine and carries a rare dual-cowl body designed by Ercole Castagna. It is one of only two examples of the two-door Sports Tourer produced by Castagna. It was shown by Isotta-Fraschini at the 27th Salon de l'Automobile in Paris in October 1933 before being shipped to New York and put on display at the Isotta-Fraschini showroom in Manhattan. The car's first owner was the famous radio comedian Joe Penner. In the 1940s it was sold to the George Schweiger Pacific Auto Rentals Collection in Hollywood and became quite the movie star, appearing in many films. The car starred alongside John Wayne and Claudette Colbert in the 1946 film Without Reservations, but its most famous role was in the 1956 film Giant, when it was driven by James Dean.

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$800,000-$1,100,000 
Sale Price :
$902,000

2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,000,000-$1,500,000 
Sale Price :
$1,089,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Sports Tourer by Castagna
Chassis#: 1664
Sold for $902,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A
Sold for $1,089,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

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Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
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Engine Num: 604
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Engine Num: 1385
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Engine Num: 662
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Engine Num: 1414
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1928 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
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Coachbuilder: Castagna
Engine Num: 1596
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Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Coupe De Ville
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
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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
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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
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Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 687
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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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