What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

This one.

Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa by Boneschi. There’s just the one.

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Yes, it’s very long at the back. That would be because a 3.4 l V8 lives there, built as one unit with its gearbox and differential, a feature not often encountered. Also not often encountered are the built in hydraulic jacks for each wheel.

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No, we don’t see this feature often either. Yes, that’s the spare wheel under the radiator.

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You may like to see inside, so here we go. Orange buttons are very much a thing, as are translucent blue sun visors.

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Sadly the 8C was very much a car at the wrong time and never went into production so all we have is this one and a coupé.

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The company went broke several times and was more recently resurrected by Fincantieri, builders of a substantial portion of the world’s cruise liners. You can therefore still buy Isotta Fraschini engines, including a V16, for powering your boat.

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