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Fiat – 8V Vignale

The 1,996cc V8 engine of the Fiat 8V, known as the “Otto Vu”, was the work of Dante Giacosa and was highly original, with its raised exhaust.

Vehicle Overview

Agile and powerful, the engine made its debut in 1952 on the Siata 208 CS before being used on the Fiat 8V. The Fiat, designed to promote the marque’s image, clocked up considerable sporting successes, which included winning the 1954 Italian GT Championship in the 2 litre category. With a tubular chassis, the car was equipped with all round independent suspension. Despite its promising qualities, Fiat decided to end its career in 1954. In addition to the streamlined body developed by Fiat, several Italian coachbuilders tried out their talents on the chassis.

This was the case with the exceptional coupé that we are delighted to present, which was the first of thirteen examples bodied by Vignale. The design, a subtle combination of aggression, sportiness and elegance, was the work of Michelotti, who was an unconventional character and known for spectacular creations, such as the famous “Démon Rouge” which was also based on the 8V. The car on offer was delivered new on 14 August 1953 to Pietro Melchionni, from the town of Alessandria in north Italy. It was presented in metallic beige with red roof.

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