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1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet wins 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show Honors

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Wins 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show Honors


Updated with ten new images – Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky and his 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet with coachwork by Worblaufen, of Switzerland won Best of Show honors at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Swiss coachbuilder purchased the Issota in 1931 and rebodied it with this Sport Cabriolet coachwork at the time.

The Tipo 8A features a 7.4 liter o.h.c. straight eight engine producing 115 h.p. backed by a 3-speed transmission, in a 145-inch w.b. chassis. Production first began in 1924 and continued until 1931 during which time 950 were produced at a cost of $9750 each as a bare chassis.

The car was first shown at the 1932 Geneva Motor Show and later that year it won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur in Cannes, France at a Concours there in 1933. The Isotta has only had three European owners before Jim Patterson purchased recently and had it restored in Canada by RM Auto Restoration.

The images are courtesy of Richard Michael Owen. Learn more about this Isotta Frashini in a video at the bottom of the post produced by Motor Trend. 

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet



1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet


1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Sport Cabriolet



Learn more about the Best of Show winner (below) in a video taken at at Carmel-by-the-Sea at the end of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The video is courtesy of Motor Trend for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

10 responses to “1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Wins 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show Honors

  1. The Jim Patterson Collection is a hidden wonder. All his cars are stunning. On par with the Collier Collection in Naples. Mr. Patterson treasures his privacy, but occasionally allows car clubs, and a few stragglers (me!) in. Well worth the trip, if you can secure an invite.

    • CarCrazy was there for those who want to visit from home.

      Internet Search “Jim Patterson youtube””+”Louisville”

  2. I can never hear “Isotta Fraschini” without hearing Norma Desmond saying “We don’t need a car. We have a car. Not one of those new things made of chromium and spit. It’s an Isotta Fraschini. Cost me twenty-eight thousand dollars.”

  3. Sunset Blvd. 1950 – “We don’t need two cars, we have a car. Not one of those cheap new things made of chromium and spit, an Isotta-Fraschini. Have you ever heard of Isotta-Fraschini? All handmade. Cost me $28,000.”

    That would be $382,252.00 today!!!

    My grandfather sold & maintained IFs in Chicago during the late 20s and early 30s. I’m lucky to have several IF sales rec. copies, promotional items, and blank chassis tags.

    • One of the best movie lines ever ! Most people do not realize – the movie has a strong automotive undertone as it all starts out with the importance of a car.

  4. You haven’t LIVED, —as an Automotive Mechanic (with Automotive Electricity as a Long Term Study), — That’s 69 years, from age 7, (so far) UNTIL you have had to REPLACE (from Necessity!) the wiring sytem on an early Ferrari, Not to mention the chisel marks on engine “timing references” inside the engine. HAND MADE, (It’s OK, it WORKED, — didn’t it!!!?) Now, consider the factory assembly MECHANIC whom was NOT comfortable with wiring, — ONLY a BLUE – PRINT Schematic Wiring diagram, and the INDIVIDUAL’S CHOICE about how to run wires, what sizes, how to INTERconnect them .— then, you encounter “GOOD” Ferraris and Ferraris that would QUIT IN THE MIDDLE of A RACE that they were WINNING!!! (Magneto Marelli had MORE than a few things to learn, ALSO!) GRADUALLY, the factory realized that This was a real problem and Ferrari DID something about it! This also made things easier for BOTH Customer and so-called Mechanics who would Take “short cuts” on early factory wiring methods that would just make matters even worse! In surveying an early Ferrari, for purposes of reliable restoration , the responsible WITH “Electrical Savvy” Mechanic, — MUST inspect every wire, its gauge size and every connection. (The later cars are a pleasure to work on, compared to their ancestor vehicles)! “Water under the bridge” for me, and something that a car judge at a Concours might not be aware of, IF the body, paint job, etc., — is 125% GOOD! I often wonder IF a Factory Re-build Electrical Person can LAUGH a bit, when they open up panels, — and see bad initial work and “BUTCHER” repair work, done in another country. An OLDER Ferrari NEEDS T-L-C, to bring out its best — and all of the good up-grade work is HIDDEN, (which is as it SHOULD be!)
    Edwin – 30 –

  5. Re: RE-body-ing on earlier cars. I agree with that 100% — if done by a Recognized reputable Coach Builder, as many car companies provided these services, as did “discriminating” Customers. World WAR ONE brought another “aspect” of RE-bodying: Madame Marie (Skladovska) Curie (a famous Physicist, in France), also hapened to be an expert in X – Radiation (“X – RAY”) Applications. With her SCIENTIFIC fame, she appealed with MANY well to do Families to Volunteer their large LIMOUSINES for “WAR service” on the FRONT LINES : Factory Experts would come to their Estates, REMOVE the (Limousine) body, — store it — and utilize the huge Running Chassis to be outfitted with a PORTABLE X-RAY Laboratory for the WOUNDED! AFTER the War, The Chassis (AND BODY) would be taken to the Factory , RE-built and RE-married to the renewed Chassis! (an ULTIMATE in Factory Service, with “bragging rights”, plus a bit of patriotism for the War effort, BOTH for the factory and the original Customer)!!! Edwin – 30 –

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