The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance wrapped us this weekend, and with it came some of the most renowned and impeccable classics out there in the world today. The Best of Show Honors always go to a truly magnificent specimen, with this year’s being awarded to a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A with bodywork by Carrosserie Worblaufen.
With a huge 145 inch wheelbase, the long-body 1924 model was manufactured in Milan, Italy by Isotta Frashchini. Featuring a 7.37 liter overhead cam, overhead valve straight 8 engine, the car didn’t have an exterior intake manifold, with the carburetors attaching right onto the block. A three-speed manual transmission rounded out the power-train.
The Tipo 8A, which was the most powerful straight 8 engine available at the time, was sold to coach-builders as only a power-train and bare chassis; the rest was up to each design house to build their own improvisation of the exterior.
The Tipo 8A sold around a third of its 950 unit production run in the US, where, by the end of production in 1931, it commanded a higher price than a prestigious Duesenberg Model J. This particular model has only had four owners in its 91 year life-span, ending up in the US for the first time in 2014.