1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic / 106 000042 Chassis Information

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

1953 Fiat 8V photograph

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Supersonic
Coachwork: Ghia
Designer: Giacosa
Chassis #: 106 000042
Sold for $946,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
The Fiat 8V model, or Otto Vu in Italian, was built for just two years with a total of 114 examples produced. They were the star of the Geneva Salon in March of 1952 and remains one of the marque's most legendary motor cars to this day.

Fiat did not race the 8V, though several of the cars often found their way to owners who would. The racing success of the 8V helped to solidify the car's performance reputation. An 8V driven by Vincenzo Auricchio and Piero Bozzinio was entered in the 1952 Mille Miglia, where it finished 5th in its class. Ovidio Capelli, the Milanese Fiat dealer, commissioned Zagato to develop a full race-spec 8V, and a lightweight car with an aerodynamic body was turned out in record time for the Giro della Toscana. It placed 3rd in class, but during the remainder of the season, the 8V accumulated numerous stellar results, becoming the national two-liter GT champion. Elio Zagato, the coachbuilder's son, really put the 8V on the map. His success in competition resulted in a steady clientele for Zagato 8Vs being developed. Zagato eventually built two different competition versions of the cars.

Pinin Farina produced a coupe version that made its debut at the Geneva Salon in 1955. No less than fifteen 8Vs were produced by Ghia wearing custom coachwork. Fourteen of these had 'Supersonic' coachwork, which was penned by Giovanni Savonuzzi. The fifteenth of those 8Vs did not wear Savonuzzi's Supersonic coachwork; instead, it was given a body designed by Mario Boano.

This car, chassis number 000042, was sold new to Ghia on June 10th of 1953. The completed car left Ghia's factory five months later. The design was inspired by several other creations, including Savonnuzzi's Supersonic, Exner's K310 and d'Elegance, the Cisitalia 808, and Boano's Gioiello. There was several design cues sourced from Chrysler cars that had been designed by Virgil Exner.

The interior is finished in bright red. There are white-on-red gauges and a symmetrical half-moon speedometer and tachometer in a binnacle in front of the driver. The clock and fuel and oil pressure gauges sit in the center of the dash.

This 8V was imported to the United States by 1957 by a Hollywood movie director. Around this time, the present engine, number BS099, was installed. The car spent many years in California, returning there in the 1980s after spending a few years on the East Coast.

The car has been treated to a restoration with the final paintwork being applied in the 1990s. The car has Carello headlamps, Marchal driving lights, and an original mechanical fuel pump.

The car was on display at the 2002 and 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and it took part in The Quail: A Motorsports gathering in 2005. In 2006, it completed the California Mille. In 2008, it made a trip to Italy to compete in the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa D'Este, where it was awarded Second in Class.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014


2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Sale Price :
$946,000

2019 1
2017 2
2015 2
2014 1
2013 1
2012 1
2011 2
2010 1
2005 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
Chassis#: 106.000043
Sold for $1,625,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Elaborata
Chassis#: 106.000022
Sold for $1,485,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia
Chassis#: 106 000049
Sold for $1,375,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 FIAT 8V SUPERSONIC
Chassis#: 106.000049
Sold for $1,815,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Cabriolet by Vignale
Chassis#: 106.000050
Sold for $1,218,560
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba
 
1953 Fiat 8V Coupé by Ghia
Chassis#: 106 000042
Sold for $946,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
Chassis#: 106.000035
Sold for $1,760,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V
Chassis#: 106.000065
Sold for $750,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Elaborata
Chassis#: 106.000022
Sold for $1,127,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
Chassis#: 106.000035
Sold for $1,705,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V Series II Berlinetta
Sold for $400,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1953 Fiat 8V image  1953 Fiat 8V image  
1953 Fiat 8V
Chassis#: 106000095
Sold for $200,640
  2005 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Fiat 8V's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA106.0000222016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa   
1953 Fiat 8V Coupe106*000051*2015 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $1,600,000$2,000,000
1953 FIAT 8V COUPE VIGNALE 2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE   
1953 FIAT 8V Coupé1060000652010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $530,000$650,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Berlinetta
Chassis Num: 000086
Engine Num: 000120
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 0026
Engine Num: 0031
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106 000042
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106 000049
Engine Num: 104.000 000085
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 106*000051*
Engine Num: 104.000*000073
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Elaborata Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 106.000022
Engine Num: 104.000.000043
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106.000035
Engine Num: 104.000.000058
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106.000043
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 106.000065
Engine Num: 104.000.000116
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Elaborata Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Engine Num: 000174
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 000040
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 000042
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 000066
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 106000061
Engine Num: 000112


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