1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo
Sotheby’s Auction – Phoenix, AZ
January 20, 2017
This car has been cleaned and mechanically serviced, but it remains otherwise almost entirely original. Its finishes inside, outside and underneath are all remarkably preserved, and scarcely even patinaed! Remarkable as it seems, the paint is original from 1924, as is (it is believed) the interior. Which includes original Italian writing on the back of the carpeting. There is some evidence that the wiring was repaired in its Finmeccanica ownership, in addition too other cosmetic and mechanical maintenance, such as taillights modified to meet modern Italian laws.
Nonetheless, the car is still, for all intents and purposes, “new” and the only Isotta Fraschini that has remained that way since the Classic Era.
This treasure is accompanied by a large collection of documentation, including that from the Societa Isotta Fraschini, and, most importantly, both the Bill of Sale between Isotta Fraschini and Finmeccanica, and the Bill of Sale to the current owner. The latter documents are the only sales receipts from this car’s entire history; thus, the buyer at this sale will become the last person to become the first official owner of a “new” Isotta Fraschini – one that the factory liked well enough to never sell.