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1924  Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 
1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer by LeBaron Isotta Fraschini was known for the production of cars which were among the most luxurious and prestigious ever built. The company was founded in 1900 by Cesare Isotta, Vincenzo Oreste and Antonio Fraschini. They were among the early pioneers of the overhead camshaft engine, designed by Giustino Cattaneo. Isotta Fraschini introduced the Tipo 8 in 1919 at the Paris Salon. It was the first production automobile to be powered by a straight -8 engine. Of the estimated 400-600 Tipo 8 chassis built, number 489 with engine 500 is one of only 20 surviving Tipo 8 Isottas with LeBaron coachwork. By 1924, the final year of production for the Tip 8, Isotta had become one of the most prestigious marques in the world. Known as the Italian Duesenberg, owners included Rudolph Valentino, boxer Jack Dempsey, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and even His holiness , the Pope. Ownership of this car in the U.S. was traced back to George Piperno/NY, William Pollack/PA, Al Rodway Museum/OH, Walter Wimer/PA and Laverne Johnson/ MI ( over 40 years). The combined total of the above owners spanned over 60 years. In 2000 Clark Patton of Michigan performed a mechanical restoration which included an engine rebuild. Further work was performed by Brian Joseph Restorations in Michigan in 2014, including a clutch, replacing the transmission pilot bearing, cleaning and adjusting the clutch spines, inspecting the brakes and installing new tires for safe touring. The Tipo 8 is a myth in the automobile world in that it only produced rolling chassis. They never built bodies. All customer orders were sent to body craftsmen of their choosing. Therefore, each car had its own history and personality. Seriously affected by the economic crisis of the 1930’s and by the disruption of WW II, Isotta stopped manufacturing in 1949. Specifications follow: 5.9 litre massive overhead cam shaft 80 hp. 360 cu.inch engine. Inline 8 cylinders, 3 speed transmission, Vacuum servo-assisted Dewandre drum brakes, TOP SPEED: 90 MPH List price of chassis only: $10,000. This is a great find for a serious collector. Trades gladly accepted.
     
     
 
1903 Thomas 18 
 This fantastic Thomas was owned by a collector in Buffalo, NY for many years. He bought it from a museum in Buffalo in the 90's when it closed.  The Thomas was a very original and complete car when purchased.  It is one of two known REAL 1903 Thomas autos to exist today. . When he passed away in 2000, his estate  sold  the Thomas to a collector in the State of Washington where it had a complete restoration and finished in 2005. It was shown at a few local Concours shows and driven about 300 miles in Single Cylinder Tours, including completing the Single Cylinder Touring Registry Tour in LaConner, Washington. Shown at Amelia Island in 2014  Now ready for the London Brighton Tour. Interesting trades considered.  
     
     
 
1941 Cadillac 62 Convertible Sedan 
1941 Cadillac Convertible Sedan In my opinion, the 1941 Cadillac is the ultimate tour car for CCCA Events. It has plenty of power with its 346 cid L-head V-8 engine mated to a smooth 3 speed manual transmission. The independent front suspension with coil springs, plus the rear semi-eliptic leaf springs riding on a 126 inch wheelbase, supply a smooth and stable ride. This particular Cadillac has been in my hometown (St. Louis) since new. It was owned by the Lindburg family for over 50 years. I remember seeing it in their Cadillac Showroom in the 1960’s. I purchased the Cadillac almost 10 years ago and have enjoyed it on many great outings. Notice that radio pre-set radio stations are all St. Louis stations—some still in business. The maroon paint was in fantastic condition –it was applied at Lindburg Cadillac back in the ‘60s. The tan leather is also in great condition. I replaced the black hartz cloth top in 2013 as well as adding new wide white radial tires for safe driving. Come drive it and you will agree.
     
     
 
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