1953 Fiat 8VSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 1,996 CC OHV 70 ? V-8 Engine Twin Weber 36 DCF3 Carburetors 110 HP at 6,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Wishbone Suspension with Coil-Springs and Shock Absorbers About this Car: Fiat?s spectacular 8V made its debut at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show where it was immediately greeted with accolades from all who caught a glimpse of the sophisticated two- litre sports car. The 8V was an appropriate new vehicle for one of the great names in motor racing history, and it provided Fiat with a proud post-war competition legacy befitting the esteemed marque. As its name suggested, the 8V was equipped with a lovely aluminum V-8 engine, ensuring that it was a serious contender in the popular two-litre class. The aesthetic styles of the 8V were equally impressive with distinctive bodies produced in-house and a remarkable variety of stunning custom coachwork created by Italy?s most distinguished carrozzerie. Ghia, Vignale, Pinin Farina and Zagato all created special series bodies for the 8V, including a number of dramatic one-off designs. Although the 8V is best remembered for its unique engine and avant-garde styling, the chassis was arguably the most advanced aspect of the car. Boasting a fully independent suspension and innovative construction techniques, the 8V possessed a chassis that made the contemporary Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and Ferraris seem dated. As a result, the 8V offered phenomenal handling, yet offered a degree of comfort unheard of in such a short-wheelbase car. The 8V made its mark as a very fast two-litre sports car driven by well-heeled private owners who, throughout the 1950s, campaigned their cars with success in the great road races, hill climbs and rallies of continental Europe. Only 114 of these marvelous Italian gems were produced from 1952 to 1954, yet they maintain a reputation as the most important sporting Fiats produced after WWII. According to factory records, this 8V, chassis 106.000065, was completed by Fiat on October 6, 1953, and delivered to the famed Milanese coachbuilder Zagato as a bare chassis. At the Zagato workshops, the Fiat chassis was transformed into the elegant, lightweight berlinetta we see today. As a first-series 8VZ, the car features clean, uncluttered lines and the rare, flat dashboard used only on the earliest examples. Originally finished in white, the completed Zagato-bodied Fiat has the remarkable distinction of being the only right-hand drive 8V ever built. The completed 8VZ was originally delivered to Mrs. Idelbe Vallaguzza and registered in Milan in March 1955. During the next two years it was often seen competing in the most prominent Italian races and hill climbs. During that period, the 8V was entrusted to Ottavio Guarducci, an illustrious racing driver best known for campaigning two-litre Ferraris throughout the 1950s. As Sig. Guarducci was a member of Scuderia Autieri, it is understandable that the Fiat was delivered in white instead of the more traditional red. The first competition outing for the 8VZ took place on June 29, 1955, at the renowned Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb. In his first race behind the wheel of the new Fiat sports car, Guarducci managed to finish in 6th Place. On July 10th, the pair made an appearance at the IX Coppa d?Oro delle Dolomiti, one of the oldest and most popular Italian events. Once again, Guarducci and the 8V delivered a respectable 6th in Class result. On September 11th, Guarducci entered the 8VZ in the VII Coppa Intereuropa at Monza, a race that featured a competitive field of the latest European GTs. Wearing race number ?96,? Guarducci?s Fiat gave a brilliant performance that culminated in an outright victory. In so doing, the white 8VZ vanquished a grid that consisted of Maserati A6G/54 Zagatos, 300 SL Gullwings, Porsche Carreras and almost a dozen Fiats. The hugely successful 1955 season ended with a somewhat disappointing result at the Targa Florio in August, where Guarducci and Lietti failed to complete the grueling race in the 8VZ. It wasn?t until September 2, 1956, that Guarducci again campaigned the 8VZ, returning to Monza for the running of the VIII Coppa Intereuropa. After battling Ferrari 250s, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs and a number of 8VZs through difficult, rainy conditions, Guarducci came across the finish line 9th overall and 5th in Class. Following the 1956 Coppa Intereuropa, the 8VZ retired from racing and was sold to its second owner in December 1957, a Sig. Alessandro Cantoni residing in the Piacenza province of Italy. In March of the following year, the sporty 8VZ passed to another Piacenza resident before being acquired by Augusto Bergonzi in June 1960. Sig. Bergonzi kept the car for approximately 18 months before selling it to a Sig. Brosi of Cremona, Italy. The car is believed to have remained in Italy until the late 1980s when it was acquired by Andrea Zagato, the grandson of famed Milanese coachbuilder Ugo Zagato and the current CEO of the company. Andrea Zagato intended to use the Fiat 8VZ in the newly formed Mille Miglia Storica and soon commissioned a thorough restoration which was overseen by him personally. During the process, parts of the fine alloy coachwork were replaced employing the methods and materials that were used by the same firm several decades earlier. Following its restoration, the 8VZ was used by Andrea Zagato in the 1991 and 1992 Mille Miglia Storica. Over the years, the 8VZ was featured in several publications, most notably the May 1987 issue of AutoCapital magazine and Tony Adriaensens? definitive book OttoVu. The car was later sold to a collector in Holland before being acquired approximately five years ago by an Italian enthusiast; he kept it at his family?s estate located on Lake Maggiore where it shared driving duties with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ and a Lancia B20. In May 2007, a FIVA identity card was issued for the 8VZ, which placed it in the desirable category A3 for original cars restored to original specification. With this classification, this 8VZ is eligible for some of the most stringent international events including the Mille Miglia Storica, where it was last entered in 2011, and Concorso Villa d?Este. Considering its desirable Zagato coachwork, matching-numbers engine, exceptional period racing history, unique provenance and eligibility for a wide variety of automotive events, this 8VZ represents an exciting opportunity for those with a passion for historically significant Italian sports cars. The new owner is sure to be rewarded with a wonderful sports car that can be enjoyed for years to come, while offering the ideal foundation for an exacting, show-quality restoration. Whatever the future holds, this race-winning 8V Zagato ought to serve as a ticket to the most exclusive international motoring events.

Reference Number 164049

as of 3/13/2012

Overview
Car 1953 Fiat 8V
VIN 106.000065 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Andrea Zagato

The 1995 Coppa Intereuropa Overall Winner