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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: Collezione La Vigna
From 1955 to 1959 it competed in numerous races, such as the Mille Miglia, the Sestriere Rally, the Giro di Sicilia in 1955.
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In the postwar period, Fiat was working on a eight-cylinder engine which was 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 S.I.A.T.A., was given the task to design a car around the V8 engine. Development took place in absolute secrecy. As not to stress the experimental department of Fiat, production of the chassis was 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 in the following March at the Geneva Motor Show.
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 have 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 degree V configuration of up to a 1996 cc of volume, at 5600 rpm the engine produced 105 hp (78 kW) in standard form with two 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 from the Fiat 1100 and drum brakes on all four wheels.
The body was welded to the chassis it was a semi-unitary construction.
Only 114 of the high-performance coupés had been produced, 63 of which with a "Fiat Carrozzerie Speciali" body, 34 first series and 29 second series.
It was made available 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 exported 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 then the two would work together to evolve and “flesh out” a final automobile. This process resulted in Vignale bodying ten 8V chassis, all to Michelotti designs, of which the car, number 000052, is one of nine coupé 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.
Elegant but spartan, the car was sold to the gentleman driver Casimiro Toselli;  then it started a long competitive life, starting with the Sestrière Rally in 1955 followed by the Giro di Sicilia in the same year and by the Mille Miglia.  The lightness (1,000 kg less than the original Fiat with a steel body)  and the good performance of the  8V engine which in the production models developed 127 HP at 6,600 rpm, made it possible for the Turin coupé to race until 1959, driven by Canaparo from 1956 onwards. With its harmonious but aggressive design  the beautiful aluminium body of the 8V chassis 000052 has been more than once maltreated by the various racing drivers. In need of repair towards the end of the 1950s,  the front was slightly modified by widening its “nose”.  As such we can see  it today and when the present owner embarked upon a complete restoration the  expert  Salvatore Diomante recommended leaving such modification unchanged since it had also part of the history.
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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


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