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Isotta Fraschini – Tipo 8A Boat-Tail Tourer


Vehicle Overview

Introduced in 1919, this new Tipo 8 came as a chassis only. Bodies were typically from Italy’s top-tier coachbuilders, Castagna and Cesare Sala, although other European and American firms lent their hands to the task. Isotta aimed for refinement over sportiness, eschewing overhead cams in favor of pushrod-operated overhead valves. The brakes, of course, operated on all four wheels and were fitted with power assist.

One of Italy’s oldest coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Italiana Cesare Sala of Milan began as Taramella & C. in the mid-19th century. One of the earliest to convert to motor car bodies, they began building on Benz chassis in 1897. Their high-quality work brought them to the notice of the Italian royal family, which ordered a limousine-landaulet for Queen Margharita on a 24-hp Fiat chassis. The name Carrozzeria Italiana Cesare Sala dates from 1905, when the company was refinanced by Duke Umberto and a group of investors. During the 1920s, their principal client was Isotta-Fraschini, for whom they clothed many Tipo 8 and 8A chassis.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
  • Make
    Isotta Fraschini
  • Model
    Tipo 8A Boat-Tail Tourer
  • Coachbuilder
  • Length (mm)
  • Width (mm)
  • Height (mm)
  • Photo credits
    David Arnold
  • Engine Type
  • Designer

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