VIDEO: Isotta Fraschini is a Rare Breed

Fraschini, is considered one of the first thoroughbred Italian racing cars built, and was driven by the likes of Enzo Ferrari and Alfieri Maserati before they started their own respective companies.

The 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM—headed to auction by Gooding & Co. this August—is incredibly advanced for its time with its overhead cam four valve per cylinder engine, and most importantly, as the first car ever to be equipped with four-wheel brakes, according to the auction house. This Tipo IM, one of only two in existence, was part of a team of racing cars that participated in the Indianapolis 500 in 1913 and 1914.

After 1914, the Tipo IM was retired and remained untouched until it was rediscovered and acquired by notable collector G. Whitney Snyder, who meticulously restored it in the 1950s. This exemplary model is new to the market after 20 years of ownership and poised to turn heads as it crosses the auction block.

In the video above, take a ride with Gooding & Co. President David Gooding as he gets behind the wheel of the Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM.

“One of only two still in existence, this 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM is an exciting example from the pioneer era of motoring,” Gooding & Co. stated in a news release, “and we are thrilled to hand it off to a new owner when it crosses the block at our 2019 Pebble Beach Auctions.”

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