Of all of the famed Italian automakers, Fiat just isn’t usually acknowledged as producing lavish, coachbuilt grand touring vehicles. The Italian automaker’s first engines had been four-cylinder items, usually of monumental measurement. Fiat produced its first six-cylinder engine in 1907 and even a V-12 from 1921 to 1922. Nonetheless, it was not till 1952 that Fiat would produce an eight-cylinder energy plant.

The 8V, or Otto Vu in Italian, was constructed for 2 years solely, with manufacturing of 114 examples, and stays one of many marque’s most legendary motor vehicles to at the present time. It was the star of the Geneva Salon in March 1952, and it goes with out saying that this new Fiat acquired a lot of consideration from the motoring press. Street & Monitor known as it “the most important shock of the 12 months,” and The Motor remarked that “the very last thing which had been anticipated from Italy’s largest automobile manufacturing facility was a very streamlined 2-seater saloon.” With its potent new energy plant, which was clothed by our bodies designed by the world’s most interesting coachbuilders, everybody knew that this was really a particular car in each sense of the phrase.


The distinctively good-looking Vignale-bodied coupe proven right here, chassis quantity 000047, was initially exported to Turin on 11 June 1953 completed in verde. The design is distinguished by its flared rear fenders, forming finned flying buttresses on both facet of the decklid and inset rear window; a particular oval radiator opening flanked by chrome “bumperettes” (echoed within the rear) and carrying a easy egg-crate insert; and delicate chrome trim across the doorsills and home windows. Options of the automobile, together with the spherical headlights and the design of the entrance fenders, are echoed in different Vignale designs of the interval, together with OSCAs and Ferrari 375 Americas. Low home windows and a excessive beltline exaggerate the ability and character of the traces. The inside is modest, but elegant, with pleated leather-based bucket seats dealing with a dashboard with a full complement of easy spherical Veglia gauges.

As famous in Tony Adriaensens’s Otto Vu, the automobile is believed to have first been displayed on the VII Concorso d’Eleganza di Roma on 12–13 June 1954, although slight trim variations later famous put this up for debate. The automobile was then delivered to its authentic proprietor, Alberto Carpanelli, of Alessandria. It was first registered as AL 40085 on 9 July 1954 and was later re-registered in Perugia as PG 30151. Additional information point out that the automobile was exported to the USA from Genoa someday round 1957, at which level it had been refinished in a darker inexperienced than the unique hue. In 1960, the 8V was registered in California by Phil Hildreth, who subsequently offered the automobile, together with one other Fiat, to Al Johnston.

By 1971 the automobile was registered to Gerald Hoskins of Los Angeles after which to a different native man by the title of Dan Smith. Smith in flip offered the automobile to John O’Donnell of New Jersey, from whom it was then acquired by Jarl de Boer in April 1982. Presently the automobile was added to the “Registry of Italian Oddities” by his son and famous historian of such Italian vehicles, John de Boer. A number of years later the automobile was reunited with its authentic engine, which had been changed round 1964 throughout Al Johnston’s possession. The de Boers retained the 8V till 1988 when it was offered to Tom Hart of Reno, Nevada and subsequently bought by the Blackhawk Assortment in Southern California.

The 8V was refinished in purple over a tan leather-based inside as a part of the restoration, which was accomplished in 1990. Two years later, it was purchased by Erich Traber, in whose Swiss assortment it remained for 25 years earlier than the present proprietor acquired it. Nicely preserved, the automobile is noteworthy for retaining its matching-numbers engine, as is documented in historian Tony Adriaensens’s e book, Otto Vu. Many 8Vs had been pushed relatively laborious by their authentic house owners, generally ensuing within the lack of its authentic energy plant, however this instance’s early historic documentation meant that its authentic engine was preserved and finally reunited with the automobile.

As one among only a few 8Vs nonetheless with their authentic engine, and with its placing and engaging Vignale design, that is among the many most fun surviving examples of the world-famous Otto Vu, an Italian “supercar” of the Jet Age.

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