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Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Roadster

The Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Roadster by Castagna Milano.

Vehicle Overview

The Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Roadster by Carrozzeria Castagna from Milan epitomizes the golden era of Italian luxury automobiles. Isotta-Fraschini, founded in the late 1800s, solidified its reputation as one of Italy’s premier car manufacturers through a combination of innovation and craftsmanship. Initially importing French DeDions into Milan, the company’s ambition led them to create their own cars. The pivotal moment came in 1912 with the Tipo 8, boasting the world’s first production inline 8-cylinder engine and four-wheel brakes. The subsequent Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A, introduced in 1924, marked a significant evolution with a new chassis and suspension. Despite initial criticism for being perceived as underpowered compared to competitors like Hispano-Suiza, Isotta-Fraschini defended its creation, emphasizing the 8A’s focus on silent sophistication over sheer speed. However, later versions, including the Spinto and Super Spinto, silenced critics by generating impressive horsepower, reaching up to 160 hp. The Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A, especially in its ultimate S.S. form, stands as an icon of Classic Era automobiles, blending power, prestige, and engineering excellence. The collaboration with renowned coachbuilders such as Fleetwood, Derham, Worblaufen, and Milan’s Castagna added another layer of artistry to these magnificent vehicles. In the American market, where a substantial portion of Isottas found homes, the Tipo 8A commanded a price exceeding even that of the esteemed Model J Duesenberg. The allure of an Isotta Fraschini extended beyond performance; it represented a status symbol embraced by distinguished individuals like King Faisal, the Aga Khan, William Randolph Hearst, and Rudolph Valentino. With prices starting at $9,750 for the chassis alone and complete cars reaching nearly $20,000, Isotta-Fraschini secured its place as a symbol of opulence and automotive excellence in an era defined by grandeur and extravagance.

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