Incredible Isotta find in an Australian shed

| 27 May 2013

An amazing discovery in a shed on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia has brought to light a 1923 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 that has lain dormant for 50 years.

Few of the imposing Rolls-Royce competitors – the first production car to have a straight eight engine – survive and this one was rediscovered only when the wife of the long-term owner contacted radio commentator and well-known classic car enthusiast John Faine about it.

It took a team of eight a whole day to extract the coachbuilt Italian exotic from its 'cave', along with the body tub, doors and other parts that had been stripped and stashed in a loft above the car.

It has now been bought by local restorer Glenn Olsen and has already been booked into the the RACV Motorclassica event at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building from 25-27 October.

Olsen plans a complete and lengthy restoration of the Isotta with the public able to chart its progress annually at the show.

Event Director Paul Mathers said: "Motorclassica is delighted to be able to feature what's probably the most significant 'barn find' anywhere in the world this year.

"It's a hidden treasure... and it was right here in Melbourne and no one knew. It's an amazing story and what an exciting car."