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1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SALA SEDANCA DEVILLE









1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A SALA SEDANCA DEVILLE
For most people, the Tipo 8A conjures up a mental image of the magnificent Isotta Fraschini driven by Erich von Stroheim in that classic film Sunset Boulevard. The choice of a Tipo 8A as the car of fading silent movie star Norma Desmond could not have been more aptly made, for the fortunes of Isotta Fraschini were firmly based on sales in the American luxury market, and the model was the choice of such world-famous film stars as Rudolph Valentino and "It Girl" Clara Bow. Other Isotta owners included press baron William Randolph Hearst (the real life model for Citizen Kane) and world heavyweight champion boxer Jack Dempsey. The imposing car also has its links with show business legend, for it was owned and restored by Peter Grant, former manager of rock idols Led Zeppelin. Supremely elegant, it is reputed to have belonged at one time to an Indian prince but the factory records show its first owner to have been Franco Paccheti of Milan.