An Isotta Fraschini Type 8 already full of glory

 A real queen among cars of style of the 1920s,   Isotta Fraschini T8 designed by Castagna as   “torpedo sport”,  will be in the Concours d’Elégance “Castello di Miramare” in the wake of recent sensational successes.

In 2010 it was  on exhibition for six months at the entrance of the Italian pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, with the purpose of representing the national excellence.   Also in the last 2 years it has been awarded with first prize at the Concours d’Elégance in Kuwait and in Montecarlo.

The car, built in 1923 at the workshop of  Viale Monterosa in Milan, was found in Lima, Peru,  about 15 years ago and it required 10 years to bring it back to its original splendour.   Restoration was carried out by the English specialist  Archer  (engine, chassis, electric plant and suspensions) and by Fabio Calligaris in his “Fuoriserie” workshop  (car-body and upholstery) .

The result allows  rediscovery of  all the technical and aesthetic subtleties of a car of a very high class,  fit to travel in the utmost silence at low speed but also able to accelerate like a true sports car,  reaching a maximum speed of 140 km/h which was very high at the beginning of the 1920s.

Its strong point is the 8 cylinders in-line engine, a technical solution chosen by the Firm for their  series production  starting  from the 1920s.   It is a 5898 c.c. monoblock engine  (85×130 mm),  with  pushrod and rocker arm timing  able to generate 90 HP at 2500 rev/min.

A remarkable interior,  brought back to its old splendour after the restoration.   Outstanding  are the elegant “boiseries” and the high style upholstery:   choices  that successfully introduced Isotta Fraschini,  also  in the Anglo Saxon world,   as a direct competitor of Rolls Royce.