1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A

History

In 1902, Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini created the Isotta Fraschini Company. This decision was made after years of successfully importing French vehicles to Italy. Automobile production was very new and this led to the creation of hundreds of independent automobile producers world-wide. It was also a very unique time in history since the automotive market was evolving, and so were the designs. This was true for the Isotta Fraschini Company, and they were rewarded for their unique creations by continued success. The elegantly designed automobiles were popular with the rich clientele. Their creations were reliable, stylish, and quick. At Targa Florio in 1908, one of their automobiles won.

In 1912 the Isotta Fraschini Company introduced a straight eight cylinder engine but would not go into production until 1919 due to World War I. During the war, the Company shifted its resource to building airplane engines. When the war was over, the eight-cylinder engine was used to power their Tipo 8, making it the first straight-eight cylinder engine to go into production. The 5.9-liter engine was capable of producing 100 horsepower, an extremely difficult accomplishment at the time.

In 1924, the engine capacity of the engine was increased to 7.3 liters, giving the vehicle between 110 and 120 horsepower depending on the configuration. The name was modified to reflect this change and was dubbed the 8A. The company claimed the vehicle could accelerate to a top speed of 90 miles-per-hour.

The vehicle could be had in a variety of flavors and sizes. 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 creations was not cheap, weighing in around $20,000.

In 1931 a four-speed gearbox and a refined engine was introduced and the name was changed to 8B. As with most businesses at this time, the Great Depression and a second World War had taken its toll on the company. The company had shifted focus to creating airplane and marine engines during World War II. After the war, several efforts were made to jump-start the vehicle production but all attempts failed. The factory was forced to close.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006

1927 Vehicle Profiles

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood

Chassis Num: 1175
Engine Num: 1174

Isotta Fraschini is best remembered for the development of the Tipo 8 Series automobile that debuted in 1912, featuring an inline eight-cylinder engine - the first of its type put into series production anywhere in the world. The successor was the Ti....[continue reading]

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A vehicle information

Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachwork: Cesare Sala

Chassis Num: 839
Engine Num: 662

This 1927 Isotta Fraschini 8A Boattail Tourer was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $450,000 - $550,000. It is powered by a 449.5 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine capable of....[continue reading]

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A vehicle information

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 1363
Engine Num: 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 ra....[continue reading]

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A vehicle information

Coupe Chauffeur
Coachwork: Saoutchik

This Isotta Fraschini is believed to have been built for a Greek Minister of Finance. The aristocratic Coupe Chauffeur coachwork is by Jacques Saoutchik and includes several Saoutchik trademarks, such as the forward-sweeping strip down the side of th....[continue reading]

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A vehicle information

Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachwork: Cesare Sala

The Isotta Fraschini 7.3-liter Tipo 8A, launched in 1924, was built to three different specifications - the standard Tipo 8A on a 145-inch wheelbase and two powerful 150 horsepower models, the Spinto S and Super Spinto SS, each on a 134-inch chassis.....[continue reading]

Roadster by Fleetwood
Chassis #: 1175 
Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer by Cesare Sala
Chassis #: 839 
Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 1363 
Coupe Chauffeur by Saoutchik
 
Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer by Cesare Sala
 


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1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)
1924Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)

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