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Marriott's car - what is it??


Any old car buffs?

What kind of car did Marlowe and Marriott drive in - on their way to Marriott's murder. The car had a very distinctive front grille with asymetrical lightning bolts - very cool looking!

I've never seen that before, or since - does anyone know what car this is?

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A Humber Super Snipe.

Nothing exists more beautifully than nothing.

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Thank you very much for replying.

Are you sure it was a Humber? It most likely could not have been the Super Snipe as it was first produced in 1945. Was that just a guess, or did you have information that led you to believe it was a Humber?

But, after viewing a lot of Humbers, I did not see any that matched Marriott's car from Murder My Sweet.

It's just a little detail, but it's one that has deviled me for a while. I thank you for taking the time to reply.

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The car is an Isotta-Fraschini. It looks like a variant of the 8A model. And you were right to ask about the grille; it's a dead giveaway. Check out this one: http://www.classics.com/images02/rod02-10.jpg

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That's it!!!

Thank you so much!

Where can I find out a little more about this car, and this model in particular? The link to the photo in your post looks very much like Marriott's car in Murder My Sweet. It must be the same model or very close to it.

The Isotta-Fraschini was also the make of the fancy limo that Norma Desmond owned in Sunset Blvd., wasn't it?

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In answer to your question--yes, Norma also had an Isotta-Fraschini, a phaeton version. The Isotta like Marriot's was also used in several other classic movies of the 30s and 40s.

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Try this website.

http://www.imcdb.org/

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Great post!!! You are right that grill is one of a kind. That car is a deco dream. Thanks for the pic.

When there are two, one betrays-Jean-Pierre Melville

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Yeah, but I need help on The Big Sleep board - the Packard they pull out of the water off of Lido Pier - it's not on imcdb.org - all of the other cars are, but that one is not.

Any insight there?


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Isotta Fraschini tipo 8 ASS (Super Spinto) Sports Tourer by Castagna , 1933. Only 3 of this body type were produced by Castagna, one of them was exhibited at the Paris salon of 1933.As can be seen the doors were cut down in the purest sports car fashion. The body was in fact a dual cowl one with only two doors that released the cowl when opened allowing access to front and rear seats. The engine power was increased to 155 horsepower compared to the 115 of the 8A. Many specialists consider this one to be one of the most interesting Isottas

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The car is an Isotta-Fraschini.

One of these was featured in sunset Boulevard as well. Film noir car.

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