Chassis no. 106.000059 - Engine no. 16127556
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; K- Famous chassis' cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 3 manufactured)
Owner: Private Collection
It is the third pre-production Zagato model. It raced two Mille Miglia and two Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti, among other races.
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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, 34 of which with a "Fiat Carrozzerie Speciali" body.
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.

The first 8V Zagato was built in 1952 for the well-known Italian gentleman driver Ovidio Cappelli who was looking for a car that was lighter and faster than the production 8V designed by Fabio Luigi Rapi. The Cappelli victories convinced Zagato to build a small series of the 8V, which became the car to beat in the GT class. Carrozzeria Zagato bodied 30 cars, only six were built with double-bubble roof.

Chassis 106.000059 was delivered by Fiat to Zagato as rolling chassis in September 16, 1953. Before going in full production, Zagato built three pre-production cars on chassis 000057, 000058 and 000059. This is the third pre-production Zagato model. These three cars can be identified by the two-pieces, curved-in windscreen. This feature and the much lower roof line are the major differences with the old Capelli car. As with the ex-Ovidio Capelli coupe, these three cars used Plexiglass windows all round, except for the windshield. To fit the lightweight aluminium body on the existing Fiat chassis Zagato workers cut off the upper part of the original bulkhead to weld another part which was more flat on top and so lowering the overall height. To keep the front end as low as possible, they modified the original air-cleaner, smoothing the sharp edges. Originally these three cars had no air outlet in the front fenders a feature which was add on later cars.
Chassis 106.000059 was original fitted with engine number 000110 in 1953 and with a new engine in 1956 (n. d'ufficio 16127556). This car was bought new by a Udine gentleman driver Aurelio Pellegrini that raced under the colors of the Elio Zagatos's Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus. It ran the 1954 Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti finishing 19th overall, 1955 Mille Miglia, 1956 Mille Miglia and several other races. The third owner broke the car in Sweden in late 1959. It remained there for almost thirty years. It is interesting to compare the 1956 and the 1959 photos. In 1956 there were no trapdoors in the front fenders and the scoop opening was bigger and with bug deflector than on the later photo taken when the car was in Sweden.
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history - owners & events
28th July 1954 - 1st August 1956
owner: Aurelio Pellegrini | Italy
price: Lire 2.505.000
25th July 1954
L'Aosta Gran San Bernardo
| Aosta | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
5th September 1954
Coppa Intereuropa
| Monza | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
entry number: 34
31st October 1954
6 ore di Castelfusano
| Roma | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
17th October 1954
Treponti Castelnuovo
| Padova | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
30th April 1955 - 1st May 1955
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pelligrini
co-driver: Sergio Bagatin
entry number: 456
28th April 1956 - 29th April 1956
Mille Miglia
| Bresscia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
co-driver: Sergio Bagatin
entry number: 316
11th July 1954
Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti
| Cortina d'Ampezzo | Italy
driver: Aurelio Pellegrini
entry number: 84
11th May 2011 - 14th May 2011
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: David Reidie
co-driver: Leigh Colbert
entry number: 227
17th May 2012 - 19th May 2012
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: David Reidie
co-driver: Leigh Colbert
entry number: 238


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