1954 Fiat 8V Supersonic Coupe Vehicle Profile

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1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

1954 Fiat 8V photograph

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Launched at the 1952 Geneva Auto Show the displayed V-8 Fiat could not be called that because at the time the Ford Motor Company had a copyright on the term 'V8' so the car was called the Fiat 8V (or Otto Vu). The car is named after the peculiar 2-liter, 70 degree, aluminum, V-8 engine which almost looks lost in the engine compartment. Its short-stroke enabled it to achieve high-revs producing a steep power curve.

Code name Tipo 106, Fiat had been developing the V-8 engine since 1945 with the intention of fitting it into a mass-produced model.

Fiat built 34 examples in their Lingotto shop, these examples usually carry a 'Carrozzerie Speziali' badge, the remaining 80 cars were outsourced to the famous Italian design houses between 1952 and 1954, thus no two cars are alike and each has a unique style. Carozzeria Zagato built 30 that they labeled 'Elaborata Zagato.' Ghia and Vignale also produced their own renditions of which most were coupes, but some spyders were made as well. A one-off fiberglass-bodied example currently resides in the Fiat Museum.

The standard engine specification produced 105 horsepower at 5600 RPM, Fiat offered a factory option with twin Weber carburetors producing 115 horsepower. The engine and gearbox are fitted into a steel tube chassis with Fiat 1100 suspension components attached to each corner. With the body welded or in the case of the aluminum bodies cars mechanically attached to the chassis made it a semi-unitary construction.

This car was first shipped to K.T. Keller, Chrysler chairman. He subsequently sold it to a three-time Gold Cup-winning hydroplane racer, Lou Fageol. For some inexplicable reason, Fageol though he could design better than the famed Giovanni Savonuzzi and he modified the car dramatically. Among other things, he added fins from a Chrysler Imperial and installed a twin-supercharged 1957 Chevrolet Corvette V8.

In 1979 the current owner bought it from a friend and was determined to restore the car to its original configuration. He spent years tracking down the parts needed. One day his telephone rang and the California caller asked if he did indeed own what had been Fageol's car. The owner said he did and the caller said he had the original engine. This claim seemed highly doubtful until the caller read off the numbers and they matched the research. The engine had been stored under a workbench in nearby Ann Arbor for all those decades. It was quickly reunited with the Supersonic.


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1954 Fiat 8V Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Fiat 500 Convertible
Sold for USD$16,000
  2012 Mecum - Houston, Tx
 
1954 Fiat 8V
Sold for USD$682,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1954 Fiat 8V image  1954 Fiat 8V image  
1954 Fiat 8V Coupé
Chassis#: 106 000042
Sold for USD$557,569
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Fiat 8V's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Fiat 8V Coupe by Vignale106.0000802020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection $1,400,000$1,650,000
1954 Fiat 8V Coupe by Vignale106.0000472020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection $1,000,000$1,250,000
1954 Fiat 8V Coupé106.0001042020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, The European Summer Auction $1,200,000$1,400,000
1954 Fiat 8V Coupé by Vignale106.0000472018 RM Sothebys : Monaco $750,000$950,000
1954 Fiat 8V Coupe by Vignale0000472015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $1,100,000$1,400,000
1954 Fiat 8V 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $875,000$975,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Berlinetta
Chassis Num: 000086
Engine Num: 000120

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 0026
Engine Num: 0031
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106 000042

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106 000049
Engine Num: 104.000 000085
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 106*000051*
Engine Num: 104.000*000073

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Elaborata Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 106.000022
Engine Num: 104.000.000043
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106.000035
Engine Num: 104.000.000058

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Supersonic
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 106.000043
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 106.000065
Engine Num: 104.000.000116

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Elaborata Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Engine Num: 000174
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 000040

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 000042
Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 000066

Chassis information for the Fiat 8V
1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 106000061
Engine Num: 000112

1954 Fiat 8V

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