Not registered? click here

befriend a car
Car's friends: 0

Chassis no. 106.000052 - Engine no. 104.000087
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Categories: C- One-off models; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; L- Limited edition cars (no. 10 manufactured, no. 4th built)
Owner: Private Collection
From 1955 to 1959 it competed in numerous races, such as the Mille Miglia, the Rally del Sestriere, the Giro di Sicilia.
work in progress exhibitions lab

In the postwar period, Fiat was working on an eight-cylinder engine internally known as Tipo 106. The engine was originally designed by Dante Giacosa for a luxury sedan, but that project was stopped. 
Rudolf Hruska, at the time working at the S.I.A.T.A., was given the task to design a car around the V8 engine. The development took place in absolute secrecy. As not to stress the experimental department of Fiat, production of the chassis was also taken up by S.I.A.T.A.
Styled by chief designer Fabio Luigi Rapi, the Fiat 8V or “Otto Vù” was presented to the Italian press in February 1952 and first exhibited the following March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The car shapes saw several changes in time: the prototype used an art deco grill that extended into the hood. A second series was made featuring four headlights with some of the later cars having a full-width windscreen.
A high-performance coupé, destined to compete in the GT class: the 2-liter 8V model was a departure from the usual Fiat production. It was well accepted by Italian private drivers and tuners and was the car to beat in the 2-liter class, also thanks to the special versions built by Zagato or Siata.
The Fiat V8 had a 70° V configuration of 1996 cc of displacement, at 5600 rpm the engine produced 105 hp (78 kW) in standard form with double two-barrel Weber 36 DCS carburetors, giving a top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph). Some engines were fitted with huge four-throat Weber 36 IF4/C carburetors offering 120 bhp, but the intake manifold was very rare. The Fiat 8V is the only eight-cylinder built by Fiat. The engine was connected to a four speed gearbox. The car had independent suspension all round reworking the Fiat 1100 ones and drum brakes on four wheels.
As the body was welded to the chassis it was a semi-unitary construction.
Only 114 of these high-performance coupés had been produced, 63 with a “Fiat Carrozzerie Speciali” body, 34 first series and 29 second series.
It was made available anyway in different body styles, offered by the factory and by various coachbuilders like Zagato, Pinin Farina, Ghia and Vignale. 
The production ceased in 1954.

8V chassis number 000052 was delivered as a chassis on 10 July 1953 to the renowned Italian coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale. Vignale would work with his stylist, the talented Giovanni Michelotti, to discuss potential designs and to define the final automobile. The car bodies of ten 8V were created, all to Michelotti designs, of which the car, number 000052, is one of nine coupés and the only “coupé corsa”. Vignale would have liked to exhibit it at the Paris Motor Show in 1954, but he was unable to finish it in time. The first images of this car portray it in a white with aggressive and showy red livery.
Elegant but spartan, the car was sold to the gentleman driver Casimiro Toselli; then it started a long competitive life, beginning with the Rally del Sestrière in 1955 followed by the Giro di Sicilia in the same year when it arrived 17th and by the Mille Miglia where it ran the Brescia-Rome stretch in 6h 20' and 19'' ahead of all the other 8V but it was forced to retire due to an accident near Rome. The car appears at the Mille Miglia, one-color, presumably red.
In 1956, it was acquired by Francesco e Renato Canaparo and run several races among which the Aosta Gran San Bernardo, the Giro Automobilistico delle Calabrie and the Coppa InterEuropa dressed in a white and red-striped bodywork.
With its harmonious but aggressive design, the beautiful aluminum body of the 8V chassis 000052 has been more than once maltreated by the various racing drivers. In 1957 the car changed livery, the bodywork became red with a white stripe at the centre, ran the Rally del Sestrière when it arrived 16th and the Giro di Sicilia. In 1957, with the need to repair the car, the front was slightly modified by widening its “nose” as well as the rear.
Even with this body the car often changed livery, first with the straight strip and then shaped to include the mask, first white and then dark. Finally, the car turned to a whole red color, in this configuration it has arrived until today.
The 8V by Vignale was a competitive car: the lightness (more than 100 kg less than the original Fiat with a steel body) and the excellent performance of the 8V engine which in the production models developed 127 HP at 6,600 rpm, made it possible for this Turin coupé to race until 1960 in 40 races.
A car with a, documented, exceptional history.
clubs & registers
No clubs & registers
history - owners & events
25th February 1955 - 2nd March 1955
Rally del Sestrière
| Sestrière | Italy
driver: Casimiro Toselli
entry number: 30
3rd April 1955
Giro di Sicilia
| Italy
driver: Casimiro Toselli
30th April 1955 - 1st May 1955
Mille Miglia
| Roma (RM) | Italy
driver: Casimiro Toselli
co-driver: Bruno Cavallo
entry number: 405
2nd June 1955
Coppa delle 6 Ore
| Orbassano (TO) | Italy
driver: Casimiro Toselli
3rd July 1955
Bolzano - Mendola
| Bolzano | Italy
driver: Renato Canaparo
1st July 1956
Bolzano - Mendola
| Bolzano (BZ) | Italy
driver: Renato Canaparo
entry number: 298
22nd July 1956
L'Aosta Gran San Bernardo
| Aosta | Italy
driver: Franco Canaparo
2nd September 1956
Coppa Intereuropa
| Monza | Italy
driver: Renato Canaparo
entry number: 66
14th October 1956
Pontedecimo Giovi
| Genova | Italy
driver: Franco Canaparo
entry number: 138
28th October 1956
Sassi - Traforo del Pino
| Sassi - Torino | Italy
entry number: 82

No links


err login

Website's Privacy Policy

This page describes the personal data processing procedures adopted for users of the website This information is provided to visitors to the site in accordance with article 13 of the Italian Data Protection Act: Italian Legislative Decree. No. 196/2003 - "Codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali" - Code regarding the protection of personal data.
The information provided applies to the Automotive Masterpieces website only and not to any other websites that may be visited by following links.

The data controller

Data relating to identified or identifiable persons may be processed following a visit to the website. The data controller in such cases is Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Via Rivoli, 5/2 - 16128 Genova Italy.

Place of data processing

The data processing connected with the Web services provided on this site takes place at said registered office of the Automotive Masterpieces and is carried out solely by the technicians of the Data Processing Office, or by the technicians responsible for any occasional maintenance operations.


Types of data processed

Browsing data
The computer systems and software procedures used for the operation of this website obtain certain personal data during their normal operations, which is transmitted as an integral part of Internet communication protocols. This information is not collected to be associated with identified data subjects, but could by its very nature allow users to be identified through processing and association with data held by third parties. This data category includes the IP addresses or domain names of the computers used by the user to access the site, the Uniform Resource Identifiers (URLs) of the resources requested, the time of the request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the size of the file obtained in response, the server response status code number (successful, error, etc.) and other parameters regarding the user's operating system and IT environment. This data is used for the sole purpose of obtaining anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to make sure that it is operating correctly, and it is deleted immediately after processing. The data could be used to ascertain responsibility in the event of any IT crimes against the site, but apart from in such cases web contact data is never kept for more than seven days.

Data provided voluntarily by users
Any e-mail message sent voluntarily, intentionally and optionally to the addresses provided on this website entails the subsequent acquisition of the sender's e-mail address, which is necessary to respond to their requests, together with any other personal data included in the message. Specific overview information will gradually be shown or displayed on the website pages provided for particular services and requests.


The Automotive Masterpieces informs users that the website uses "cookie" technology. Cookies contain information that an end user's browser may store on their hard disk in order to track their browsing on the site, with the consequence that every time users visit the site again they may be identified immediately together with any preferences shown during a previous visit. These files allow one to personalize a website, provide users with easier browsing and - through a quantitative analysis of the individual web page hits - improved presentation of the most popular information. The cookies used by the Automotive Masterpieces contain anonymous information and do not therefore allow one to process personal data. In addition, the cookies can be used to store a user's login data, thereby enabling them to be recognized automatically (and making it unnecessary for them to enter their username and password). Most browsers currently used accept cookies automatically, but users can configure their browsers to refuse, to ask permission before accepting and to delete cookies. It is, moreover, always possible to change one's browser settings to deactivate cookies, but this could slow down or prevent access to certain parts of the site.

Provision of optional information

Excepting the provisions relating to browsing data, users are free to provide the Automotive Masterpieces with personal data when requesting information or other communications. Not providing such data may make it impossible to comply with the request.

Processing of the data

Personal data will be treated, if need be, by the Automotive Masterpieces by using its paper format or with automated tools, only for the time needed in order to achieve the objectives for which they had been gathered. Apart from what is specified for the Web surfing data, personal data provided by users who forward requests for information material to the addresses published on this Internet site and who authorize their inclusion in the data bank of Automotive Masterpieces Srl, can be used for any free mailing of informative, social and economic communications devised by Automotive Masterpieces Srl, also together with companies, organizations, institutions and associations selected by it (their up-to-date list is available by the offices of the Automotive Masterpieces Srl). The aforementioned communications can also include new offers and informative, promotional, advertising and commercial initiatives. The data provided by the user will be treated with computerized tools, using all measures necessary in order to guarantee privacy and they will not be passed on without the user's consent who can, in accordance with the current Regulations, request access, update, integration, cancellation of his/her data. Such rights can be enforced against Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Via Rivoli, 5/2 - 16128 Genova Italy, owner of the treatment.

The person in charge of the treatment is Mr. Marco Gandino.

Rights of data subjects

The data subjects whose personal data and information obtained through this website is processed by the Automotive Masterpieces Srl have the right at any moment to request confirmation of the existence or otherwise of said data and to know the content and origin, as well as to check that the data is correct or to request that it be added to or updated or corrected (article 7 of Italian Legislative Decree No. 196/2003). Also in accordance with said article, data subjects have the right to request that data processed in breach of the law be deleted, anonymized or blocked, as well as to object to the processing of the data for legitimate reasons. Such requests should be sent by fax to Automotive Masterpieces Srl. at the following number: +39 0100986959 or 

NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

This website uses cookies to manage, improve and personalize your browsing experience. For more information on how we use cookies and how to remove them, please see our policy on cookies. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking on a link or continuing navigation in any other way, you consent to the use of cookies. Learn more

I understand