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1925 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8 BOATTAIL
Isotta Fraschini was one of the premier auto manufacturers in Italy from 1899 to 1949. The Isotta Fraschini marque ranked with the prestigious Rolls Royce and Hispano Suiza cars of the 20's and 30's. Huge, powerful and graced with exotic coachwork, they left an indelible mark on the automobile industry for all time.
This 1925 Tipo 8 Torpedo Boattail is one of the most handsome of the line. Styled by coachmaker Cesare Sala it follows aerodynamic beauty to capture the graceful sweep of the flared and tapered fenders, all of which are trimmed in brass.The rear end is shaped in a boat-tailed form with superb results, the aluminum section serving as storage for the top and bows, leaving the clean and smooth sweep of a disappearing top. A sharply raked V windscreen enhances the impression of speed and effortless beauty.
After coming out of the factory and coachmaker in Milan, Italy, the car was sold and shipped to a rancher in Argentina. The next owner was a New Yorker by the name of Thomas Milbanks who spent a reported $50,000 having it restored by master craftsman Mr. Waterman. In 1978 it found a home in the Cussler collection.
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