Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A wins “Best in Show” award at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance! And they didn’t even try to under-inflate their tires!
This car emerged grandest of the grand among the 200 of the world’s best restored classic cars accepted into the Concours d’Elegance.
Introduced in 1924, the Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A was the successor to the Tipo 8, equipped with a more powerful 7.3-liter inline eight-cylinder engine. Though rated at a mere 110 horsepower, the engine was known for its torque, which proved ample enough to power the two-ton, 22-foot long car to a guaranteed speed of 93 mph.
It also cost more than the luxurious Model J Duesenberg, which itself easily ran to $13,000 before finishing. Rudolph Valentino and Clara Bow were two well to do fans of the Isotta-Fraschini.
Last year’s selection of the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti coupe as best of show lead to speculation that the era of prewar dominance had run its course. 2015 results suggest not so fast.
The Carrosserie Worblaufen-bodied 1924 Isotta-Fraschini has sport cabriolet bodywork, fashioned by the company after acquiring it around 1931. The carrosserie imagined a droptop body style on the long-wheelbase, 145-inch chassis. The completed product was unveiled at the 1932 Geneva Motor Show, where it won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur at Cannes in 1933.
The Isotta-Fraschini faced some serious competition. It had to outscore a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton, a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe, and a 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet.