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Chassis no. 106.000103 - Engine no. 104.000160
Coachbuilder: Fiat Carrozzerie Speciali
Categories: L- Limited edition cars (no. 29 manufactured)
Owner: Private Collection
One of only 29 Fiat 8V second series produced.
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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 really welcomed by Italian private drivers, it inspired the tuners and it was, in a word, 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.

Chassis 000103 is one of only 29 Fiat 8V second series produced.
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history - owners & events
21st June 1954 - 6th March 1969
owner: Aurelio Binda | Italy
10th April 2003 - 13th April 2003
Coppa Milano-Sanremo
| Milano (MI) | Italy
driver: Edoardo Tenconi
co-driver: Meris Tenconi
entry number: 50
16th September 2004 - 19th September 2004
Gran Premio Nuvolari
| Mantova (MN) | Italy
entry number: 71
11th March 2005 - 13th March 2005
Coppa Milano-Sanremo
| Milano (MI) | Italy
driver: Joel Ramsden
co-driver: John Johansen
entry number: 75
10th March 2006 - 12th March 2006
Coppa Milano-Sanremo
| Milano (MI) | Italy
driver: Michael Rauh
co-driver: Stacey Palmer
entry number: 33
14th May 2008 - 18th May 2008
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Gabriele Burgio
co-driver: Paolo Migliorini
entry number: 215
13th May 2009 - 17th May 2009
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Niccolo' Ricci
co-driver: Filippo Ricci
entry number: 222
11th May 2011 - 14th May 2011
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Maurizio Dragone
co-driver: Tiziano Rossi
entry number: 196
15th May 2013 - 19th May 2013
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Rome - Brescia | Italy
driver: Huther Mani S.
co-driver: Graf Beissel Von Gymn
entry number: 252
15th May 2014 - 18th May 2014
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Neal Dempsey
co-driver: James H. jr Pgh
entry number: 225


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