Chassis no. 106.000083 - Engine no. 104.000168
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; H- Works cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 6 manufactured)
Owner: Private Collection
One of only six 8V Zagato bodied with double-bubble roof and ran several races including Coppa Inter-Europa, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
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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.

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 106.000083 was delivered by Fiat to Zagato as rolling chassis in May 29, 1954.
It is one of only six 8V with double-bubble roof (000026, 000078, 000081, 000082, 000083, 000084). Chassis 106.000083 was very similar to 000084 Elio Zagato's winning 8V. The differences are the extra air ducts between grille and head lamps and the two window wipers with respect to the three on the Elio's car. One of the other details on this car is the checkered paint job on the nose, a characteristic also present on 000081.
The first owners were Carrozzeria La Zagato and Franco Cornacchia who raced it several times with PROVA plates as a kind of publicity stunt to promote the Zagato cars.
In 1956 106.000083 started an impressive racing career in the hands of Gianfranco Bonetto, Renzo Cigarini and Franco Lisitano. It ran from 1956 to 1965 several races including Coppa Inter-Europa, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
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history - owners & events
11th September 1955
Coppa Intereuropa
| Monza | Italy
driver: Francisco "Chico" Sacco Landi
entry number: 100
19th March 1956
Trofeo Vigorelli
| Monza | Italy
driver: Vladimiro "Mirko" Pavoni
entry number: 174
26th March 1956
Corsa in salita sulle Torricelle
| Verona | Italy
driver: Vladimiro "Mirko" Pavoni
entry number: 292
28th April 1956 - 29th April 1956
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Vladimiro "Mirko" Pavoni
entry number: 308
27th April 1958
Coppa San Marino
| San Marino | San Marino
driver: Gianfranco Bonetto
4th May 1958
Bologna-San Luca
| Bologna | Italy
entry number: 296
1st June 1958
Coppa della Consuma
| Pontassieve | Italy
entry number: 94
15th June 1958
Varese Campo dei Fiori
| Varese | Italy
entry number: 95
6th July 1958
Bolzano - Mendola
| Bolzano | Italy
13th July 1958
Trento - Bondone
| Trento | Italy

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