1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Sports

1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Dual Cowl Sports Tourer by Castagna

This chassis was assembled in 1931 with the higher horsepower 8A SS features including a larger vacuum tank and carburetors. The one-off hand-built dual cowl body commissioned by Isotti Fraschini, was designed by Ercole Castagna and was not completed until 1933. It is one of only two known examples of the two-door Sports Tourer produced by Castagna. It was shown by Isotta-Fraschini at the 27th Salon de l'Automobile in Paris in October 1933 before being shipped to New York and put on display at the Isotta-Fraschini showroom in Manhattan. The car's first owner was the famous radio comedian Joe Penner. In the 1940s it was sold to the George Schweiger Pacific Auto Rentals Collection in Hollywood and became quite the movie star, appearing in many films. The car starred alongside John Wayne and Claudette Colbert in the 1946 film Without Reservations, but its most famous role was in the 1956 film Giant, when it was driven by James Dean.

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Production Start 1933
Country of origin Italy