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#7462 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Van Rijswijk Dual Cowl Phaeton (1925) Louwman Museum

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Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Van Rijswijk Dual Cowl Phaeton (1925) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

Isotta Fraschini was an Italian luxury car manufacturer, also producing trucks, as well as engines for ships, aircraft, trains and industry. Coachbuilder 'Van Rijswijk' of The Hague, who had already supplied the coachwork for one of HM Queen Wilhelmina's Spykers in 1911, was commissioned in 1925 to build the coachwork for this Isotta-Fraschini 8A. It was a modest 'Dual Cowl Phaeton'; the rear passengers had their own closed compartment with a removable windscreen. Note the beautiful wooden decking; the section above the rear doors could be lifted to allow the passengers to board. In 1900 Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini first started assembling Renaults. Spurred by the demand in America for luxury motorcars, Isotta-Fraschini aimed purely at the top end of the market after the First World War. The Tipo 8, designed by the brilliant engineer Giustino Cattaneo was the only model offered. The larger Tipo 8A was introduced in 1924, fitted with a 7.4-litre, 120-HP eight-cylinder engine, and in 1931 the Tipo 8B was launched, producing 150-HP. However, the economic crisis put an end to car production and Isotta-Fraschini then focused on building train and marine engines and finally went bankrupt in 1999.

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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