June 21, 2024

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Audrain’s Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster Takes Best in Show at Lugano Concorso d’Eleganza

The prestigious Lugano Concorso d’Eleganza took place this past weekend in Lugano, Switzerland — an event that draws top-level classics from around the globe. The magnificent 1927 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster, chassis no. 1175, owned by the Audrain Collections of Newport, RI, was awarded the highly coveted ‘Best of Show’ award following its win in the Pre-War Sports Class.

The car, originally commissioned by silent film star and automobile aficionado Rudolph Valentino, has had a unique history. First shown at the 1926 New York Auto Salon, the Tipo 8AS Roadster achieved the ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Most Elegant’ trophy at the inaugural Audrain Concours d’Elegance in 2019, along with two ‘Best of Class’ trophies from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Isotta was also shown in 2020 in the Audrain Automobile Museum exhibition “From the Racetrack to the Opera: Marques That Did It All.”  

In 2020, Chassis no. 1175 was acquired by the Audrain Collections from Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini, who restored the car following a nearly two-decade period of research into its provenance. Chassis no. 1175 is now part of a collection that includes three Isotta models ranging from 1909 to 1927. Audrain continues to maintain and document Chassis no. 1175, sharing it at concours and in its digital media outlets internationally.

The Best in Show award at the Lugano Concorso d’Eleganza recognizes the pinnacle of automotive artistry, design and preservation. It is a testament to the dedication and passion of the collectors, restorers and enthusiasts who strive to safeguard the heritage of exceptional vehicles like the Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster.

The ‘Best in Class’ trophy for the Pre-War Class further highlights the importance of preserving and appreciating classic automobiles. The Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster stood out amongst its peers, displaying remarkable elegance, historical significance and immaculate presentation. 

“We are very honored to be recognized among so many significant historic vehicles,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “This car has so many outstanding and striking features. While an American design, it feels like an Italian speedboat, fast, flowing and elegant. It is truly a work of automotive art that reflects the personality of the man who commissioned it.”