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  Isotta Fraschini 8A Worblaufen Cabriolet
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1924
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1933 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Worblaufen
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 17, 2015
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Built in 1924, this Tipo 8A was originally fitted with a Torpedo body from the Isotta Fraschini catalog. In 1931, it was acquired by Swiss coach-builder Fritz Ramseier, who was based in the town of Worblaufen. Ramseier had envisioned a majestic Sport Cabriolet body and found this 8A with its long wheelbase to be the perfect platform. During 1931, the Isotta Fraschini was completely stripped and almost all of the original metalwork was discarded. A new two-door Cabriolet body was created, which had a spectacularly long nose and low windshield.

With the work completed in 1932, the Worblaufen Cabriolet made its debut at the 1933 Geneva Motor Show. The same year, it was shown at the Cannes Concours d'Elegance, where it was awarded the Grand Prix d'Honneur. The car remained in Switzerland until it was acquired by French enthusiast Yves Dalmier. He would own the car for six years and had some great adventures in it, many of which were chronicled in his book Les Roues de Fortune, Les Roues de Misere. The Isotta's next custodian was fellow French collector Albert Prost, who had the car carefully restored during the 1980s. It was finished in an elegant two-tone creme and black. Following Prost's passing, it was sold by his estate during Artcurial's 2014 Retromobile sale.

The unique Worblaufen Cabriolet's latest owner, a noted American collector, entrusted the Isotta Fraschini to RM Restorations. A ground-up restoration followed during which the car was repainted black and also fitted with a black interior. The Tipo 8A was ready in time for the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it won its class and more importantly was awarded 'Best of Show'.


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