The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390

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The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning
1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE

Sold for DKK 3,507,500 (US$ 546,947) inc. premium
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning
1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE
Coachwork by Castagna

Chassis no. 1390 (see text)
Engine no. 1390

7,370cc L-Head 8-cylinder Engine
110 bhp at 2,500 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Dewandre Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Beautiful older restoration that presents well
*Won first Goodwood concours in 1957
*Elegant Landaulet coachwork by Castagna
*Luxuriously appointed interior
*Contender at quality concours events



THE ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A

There can be no doubt that the Fabbrica Automobili Isotta Fraschini was Italy's noblest car maker prior to World War II. Cesare Isotta and Oreste Fraschini founded their company in 1900, displaying their first primitive 5hp, single-cylinder car at the Milan Exposition in 1901. In 1910, Isotta Fraschini introduced the world's first motor car with four-wheel brakes. Like its contemporaries, Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce, Isotta Fraschini built engines for the aircraft industry and were favoured with government orders for their aero engines, providing the motive force for Mussolini's indomitable Savoia-Marchetti seaplanes.

Chief engineer Giustino Cattaneo focused on a one-model policy for Isotta Fraschini in the 1920s, launching the world's first production straight-eight motor car, the Tipo 8, in 1920. This mirrored the then current one-model policy of Rolls-Royce in England. Early Isotta engines featured pushrod/operated overhead valves and had a capacity of 5.9-litres. Manufacturing standards were of the highest order, and 80hp was produced. Announced in 1925, the Tipo 8A was more sophisticated with a larger 7,372 cc engine, vacuum-assisted braking and was offered in different engine specifications, the Spinto and Superspinto developing a massive 150hp. The 8A was unashamedly expensive and the chassis received superb coachwork from the most prominent coachbuilders of its day.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Chassis 1390 was first registered in England in 1929 and is thought at one stage during its life to have been owned by a former Mayor of Portsmouth. The first owner shown in the old log book, which has since disappeared, was G.G. Dell of Purbrook in Hampshire. The complete early history is not recorded, but in 1957 it remained in show condition and is reported to have won the Premier Award at a Concours d'Élégance event at Goodwood.

Thereafter it sank into some neglect prior to discovery in the 1980s by Bonhams consultant and barn discovery detective Michael Worthington-Williams. Bert Fielding was the owner and proprietor of a garage in Borth, a sleepy seaside town just north of Aberystwyth in Wales. Fielding had first owned the car in the 1950s, sold it and bought it back a couple of years later when the new owner went bankrupt. When Worthington-Williams prised open the garage doors, the car was found to be in a forlorn state. The radiator, headlights, bumpers and massive Eagle mascot had been removed and stored safely in the house, the aluminium coachwork was encrusted in surface corrosion and the car had not been started or run for some years. Worthington-Williams reported that twenty-five years of neglect had not altered its handsome lines.

Careful checking of the chassis and engine numbers clearly displayed on the car with factory records confirmed coachwork by Castagna, although they recorded it incorrectly as a tourer. Further information has now come to light suggesting that the chassis number of this car may be 1349. In the 1980s, Michael Worthington-Williams had the opportunity to inspect an old registration document which indicated that the car was a Type 8A 1349. The same document quoted chassis and engine number as 1390. It appears that the chassis number was incorrectly quoted, and in our opinion the chassis number is most likely to be 1349. Sadly, this old registration document was not passed on to the current owner and its whereabouts are not known. Isotta Fraschini factory records are at best sketchy and incomplete, however it is known that consecutive chassis number 1348 was dispatched on 22 March 1929. It is known from Worthington-Williams' notes that the old registration document recorded the first registration of the car offered today as 12 April 1929, which seems consistent with a batch produced in March-April 1929. It must be pointed out that car no.1390 with engine no.1413 survives in a private collection in Europe. This car is not currently licenced. Records also suggested that the car may originally have been fitted with engine number 1413, although we feel that this is unlikely and possibly a clerical error in the Milan office.

No matter what the answer to the numbers conundrum is, there was no doubt that here was an exceptionally original car of outstanding quality. After 1390 was acquired in its run-down state, a painstaking restoration was initiated in order to return the car to the standard in which it was presented at Goodwood in 1957—indeed perhaps even better. The Landaulette coachwork was removed from the chassis and a detailed chassis restoration undertaken. The engine, believed to be the Sport model, was completely rebuilt, and the Castagna coachwork carefully dismantled. Much of the wooden framing, still retaining its Castagna stampings, had served its usefulness and was carefully replicated in minute detail by master craftsman joiner Enrique Llinares. The upholstery was entrusted to the trim shop at Plus Four Motors, carefully following the original pattern with black leather to the front and bold patterned cloth upholstery to the rear.

Although with an older restoration, 1390 still presents to a very high standard and is liveried in blue and black with fine coachbuilt lines. It is generously equipped with Twolite headlamps, twin side-mounted spare wheels, triple bar front bumper and Willocq & Bottin indicators, leather spring gaiters and highly polished aluminium wheel discs. The towering Isotta radiator is protected by a contoured stoneguard and dashboard equipment includes the finest instruments, Jaeger speedometer and clock, a Fournier thermometer and Le Nivex fuel guage. Notable features from the distinguished Milan coachbuilders include the curved glass passenger division, each side winding down separately, running board foot-scrapers, a long-distance luggage carrier, windscreen visor and twin scuttle ventilators.

Since restoration, this powerful Italian motoring icon has covered few miles and has been carefully maintained in exclusive private collections in heated garages. 1390 is offered with a current Danish registration document and a detailed photographic record of the restoration. Please note that a concealed hydraulic servo mechanism has been installed on the front steering.

This imposing Landaulet is guaranteed invitations and acceptance to the world's most prestigious motoring events and the best-manicured lawns of the finest Concours d'Élégance shows.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Chassis 1390 blev første gang indregistreret i England i 1929. Bilens komplette historie findes ikke, men den blev vist på det første Goodwood Concours i 1957, hvor den vandt. Efterfølgende blev 1390 fundet i forladt tilstand i England i 1980'erne.

Grundig kontrol af chassis- og motornumre på bilen bekræfter at karrosseriet er af Castagna. Yderligere oplysninger tyder på, at chassisnumret på denne bil kunne godt være 1349. I 1980'erne fandtes der et registreringsdokument, hvoraf det fremgik, at denne bil var en Type 8A 1349 med motornummer 1390. Motornummeret var sandsynlig forkert nedskrevet, og det er vores opfattelse, at chassisnummeret formodentlig er 1349. Desværre findes dette gamle registreringsdokument ikke længere.

Både karrosseri og motor på 1390 blev sidenhen restaureret for at bringe bilen tilbage til den smukke tilstand den havde på Goodwood i 1957. Motoren, som menes at være en Sport version, blev fuldstændig renoveret, og karrosseriet blev forsigtigt skilt ad. Trærammen var præget af Castagna, og en del af den blev fornyet af mesterhåndværker Enrique Llinares. Plus Four Motors stod for interiøret, som følger det oprindelige med sort læder foran og fint mønstret stofbetræk bagi.

EU Taxes paid
With Danish Registreringsattest
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The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
The 1957 Goodwood Concours winning,1929  ISOTTA FRASCHINI  TIPO 8A LANDAULETTE  Chassis no. 1390 (see text) Engine no. 1390
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