1953 Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia)

Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Coupe by Mario Boano (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 - Interior
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The only non-Supersonic Fiat 8V bodied by Ghia
Designer: Mario Boano
Of all the famed Italian automakers, Fiat is not normally recognized as a builder of lavish, coachbuilt grand touring cars. The Italian automaker’s first engines were four-cylinder units, often of gargantuan proportions. Fiat produced its first six-cylinder engine in 1907 and even a V-12 from 1921–1922. However, it was not until 1952 that Fiat would produce an engine with eight cylinders, and the chassis and bodies it resided in were just as special as the engine.

This 8V model, or Otto Vu in Italian, was built for two years only, in 114 examples, and it remains one of the marque’s most legendary motor cars to this day. It was the star of the Geneva Salon in March 1952, and it goes without saying that this new Fiat got lots of attention from the motoring press. Road & Track called it “the biggest surprise of the year,” and The Motor remarked that “the last thing which had been expected from Italy’s largest car factory was a truly streamlined 2-seater saloon.” Considering its potent new powerplant, which was clothed by bodies designed by the world’s finest coachbuilders, everyone knew that this was truly a special automobile in every sense of the word.

While Fiat themselves did not race the 8V, the cars often found their way to owners who would. The resulting competition successes only helped to solidify the 8V’s performance reputation. An 8V driven by Vincenzo Auricchio and Piero Bozzinio was entered in the 1952 Mille Miglia, where it finished 5th in its class. Ovidio Capelli, the Milanese Fiat dealer, commissioned Zagato to develop a full race-spec 8V, and a lightweight car with an aerodynamic body was turned out in record time for the Giro della Toscana. It placed 3rd in class, but during the remainder of the season, the 8V accumulated numerous stellar results, becoming the national two-liter GT champion. However, it was Elio Zagato, the coachbuilder’s son, who really put the 8V on the map. His success in competition was so great that a steady clientele for Zagato 8Vs developed, and Zagato eventually built two different competition versions of the cars.

Aside from the Zagato-bodied 8Vs, other coachbuilders also got the opportunity to put their own bodies on Fiats newest offering. Pinin Farina produced a coupe version that debuted at Geneva in 1955, and it carried several visual cues from a Ferrari 375MM that was shown at Paris the year before. No less than fifteen 8Vs left Ghia’s facilities wearing custom coachwork, and fourteen of those boasted “Supersonic” coachwork, which was penned by Giovanni Savonuzzi. The fifteenth of those 8Vs was unique in that it did not wear Savonuzzi’s Supersonic coachwork; instead, it was graced with a body designed by Mario Boano.

Chassis number 000042, a 1953 model, was sold new to Ghia on June 10, 1953, and the completed car left Ghia’s facility five months later. To those familiar with Ghia’s designs of the day, it is obvious that Boano’s design draws on a variety of their spectacular creations: Savonnuzzi’s Supersonic, Exner’s K310 and d’Elegance, and Boano’s Gioiello, not to mention the Cisitalia 808. The car also shows several design cues found on Chryslers that had been designed by Virgil Exner, who was known to work with Ghia in this era and to produce auto show cars for Chrysler.

Admittedly more subtle than the Supersonic, this 8V has the “concentrical” 8V oval mouth grille, which is adorned succinctly with twin horizontal bars. The Ghia “kickup” in the rear wing is muted, but the C pillar treatment displays hints of the d’Elegance style.

The car itself displays exquisite Italian craftsmanship in the finest sense, and the interior is truly a special place to be. The instrument panel, which has been painted bright red, holds matching white-on-red gauges and a symmetrical half-moon speedometer and tachometer in a binnacle in front of the driver, while the clock and fuel and oil pressure gauges sit in the center of the dash.

The 8V was undoubtedly a significant motor car for Fiat. While the company was known for producing much smaller cars at the time, the 8V proved that Fiat had the wherewithal to compete with manufacturers of much more exclusive motor cars. As this is the only non-Supersonic Fiat 8V to be bodied by Ghia, there is no question that this car is unique.
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Разработки студии Ghia
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1912 Fiat Tipo Zero (Pininfarina), 1928 Fiat 520 Cabiolet (Touring), 1930 Fiat 525 N Cabriolet 'Royal' (Touring), 1931 Fiat 522C Roadster 'Flying Star' (Touring), 1933 Fiat 508 Cabriolet 'Ametista' (Touring), 1933 Fiat 508 Cabriolet 'Smeraldo' (Touring), 1933 Fiat 508S Balilla Spider (Ghia), 1936 Fiat 500 Topolino, 1936 Fiat 500A Topolino Trasformabile (Zagato), 1938 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet (Touring), 1938 Fiat 1500 Spider MM (Zagato), 1938 Fiat 508 C 1100 Mille Miglia Spider (Touring), 1947 Fiat 1100 Panoramica (Zagato), 1948 Fiat 1400 Panoramica (Zagato), 1950 Fiat 1400 Berlinetta (Touring), 1950 Fiat 500 C Panoramica (Zagato), 1952 Fiat 8V, 1952 Fiat 8VZ (Zagato), 1953 Fiat 8V Boano Coupe (Ghia), 1953 Fiat 8V Coupe (Vignale), 1953 Fiat 8V Spider (Vignale), 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic Coupe (Ghia), 1953 Fiat Siata 8V (Bertone), 1954 Fiat 8V Coupe Corsa (Vignale), 1954 Fiat 8V Demon Rouge (Vignale), 1954 Fiat Turbina, 1955 Fiat 1100 TV Speciale (Pininfarina), 1955 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Speciale (Pininfarina), 1956 Fiat 1100 Desiree (Vignale), 1956 Fiat Multipla Marine (Pininfarina), 1956 Fiat Multipla Spiaggetta (Vignale), 1957 Fiat Jolly (Ghia), 1957 Fiat Stanguellini 1200 Spider (Bertone), 1958 Fiat 1100-1200 (Moretti), 1959 Fiat 1800 Cabriolet (Monterosa), 1959 Fiat 1800/2100 Coupe (Vignale), 1959 Fiat 2100 Coupe (Pininfarina), 1959 Fiat Marianella (Fissore), 1960 Fiat 1500 Spider 'Bonetto' (Boneschi), 1960 Fiat 500 Coupe (Moretti), 1960 Fiat 600D Speciale (Vignale), 1961 Fiat 600 D Berlinetta Aerodinamica Modello 'Y' (Pininfarina), 1962 Fiat 2300 Coupe Speciale (Pininfarina), 1962 Fiat 2500 SS (Moretti), 1962 Fiat 500 Ziba (Ghia), 1962 Fiat 600D Record (Vignale), 1963 Fiat 1100D Weekend (Moretti), 1963 Fiat 1300-1500 (Moretti), 1963 Fiat 2300 Cabriolet Speciale (Pininfarina), 1963 Fiat 2300 S Lausanne (Pininfarina), 1963 Fiat 600/750 (Moretti), 1964 Fiat 1500 Coupe (Moretti), 1964 Fiat 2300 S Coupe Speciale (Pininfarina), 1964 Fiat 500 Coccinella (Francis Lombardi), 1964 Fiat 850 (Vignale), 1964 Fiat 850 Coupe and Spider (Moretti), 1964 Fiat 850 Libellula (Francis Lombardi), 1964 Fiat 850 Z Coupe (Zagato), 1965 Fiat 2300 S Coupe Speciale (Pininfarina), 1965 Fiat 850 Coupe Sportivo (Vignale), 1965 Fiat 850 Spider (Bertone), 1965 Fiat 850 Sportiva (Moretti), 1966 Fiat 124 (Moretti), 1966 Fiat 124 Cabriolet (Touring), 1966 Fiat 124 Smart (Francis Lombardi), 1966 Fiat 850 Vanessa (Ghia), 1966 Fiat Dino Speciale Prototipo (Pininfarina), 1967 Fiat 1100R Coupe (Moretti), 1967 Fiat 124 Coupe Eveline (Vignale), 1967 Fiat 125 (Moretti), 1967 Fiat 125 Executive (Bertone), 1967 Fiat 125 GTZ (Zagato), 1967 Fiat 125 Samantha (Vignale), 1967 Fiat 850 Spider Monza (Francis Lombardi), 1967 Fiat Dino Parigi (Pininfarina), 1968 Fiat 125 Station Wagon (Savio), 1968 Fiat 850-Special "Grand Prix" (Francis Lombardi), 1968 Fiat City Taxi Prototyp, 1968 Fiat Dino Ginevra (Pininfarina), 1968 Fiat Shellette (Michelotti), 1969 Fiat 128 (Moretti), 1969 Fiat 128 Coupe (Bertone), 1969 Fiat 128 Teenager (Pininfarina), 1969 Fiat 500 Zanzara (Zagato), 1969 Fiat 850 Dart (Vignale), 1969 Fiat 850 Monza (Francis Lombardi), 1971 Fiat 127 Midimaxi (Moretti), 1971 Fiat 127 Scout (Fissore), 1971 Fiat E.S.V., 1971 Fiat Pulsar (Michelotti), 1972 Fiat 127 Coupe (Moretti), 1972 Fiat 127 Holiday (Francis Lombardi), 1972 Fiat 132 Aster (Zagato), 1972 Fiat 132 Coupe (Moretti), 1972 Fiat Citycar, 1972 Fiat Flares (Michelotti), 1972 Fiat X1/23, 1972 Fiat X1/9 (Bertone), 1973 Fiat 126 Minimaxi (Moretti), 1974 Fiat 127 Coupe (Francis Lombardi), 1974 Fiat 127 Village (Bertone), 1974 Fiat 130 Maremma (Pininfarina), 1975 Fiat 130 Opera (Pininfarina), 1975 Fiat 131 Abarth (Bertone), 1975 Fiat Visitors Bus (Bertone), 1975 Fiat X1/9 Dallara (Bertone), 1976 Fiat City Car (Michelotti), 1978 Fiat Campagnola 2000 Sporting 4x4 (Moretti), 1978 Fiat Ecos (Pininfarina), 1980 Fiat Panda 4x4 Offroader/Strip (ItalDesign), 1981 Fiat VSS (I.DE.A), 1983 Fiat Ritmo Coupe (Pininfarina), 1985 Fiat Halley (Maggiora), 1992 Fiat 500 Z-Eco (Zagato), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento (ItalDesign), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento Birba (Maggiora), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento Cita (Stola), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento Fionda (Coggiola), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento pick-up (Pininfarina), 1992 Fiat Cinquecento RUSH (Bertone), 1993 Fiat Downtown, 1993 Fiat Scia (Maggiora), 1994 Fiat Barchetta (Maggiora), 1994 Fiat Firepoint (ItalDesign), 1994 Fiat Punto 4x4 TL (Giannini), 1994 Fiat Punto Monomille (Zagato), 1994 Fiat Punto Racer (Bertone), 1994 Fiat Punto Surf (Coggiola), 1994 Fiat Spunto (Pininfarina), 1994 Fiat ZIC, 1995 Fiat Barchetta Coupe (Maggiora), 1995 Fiat Vanzic, 1996 Fiat Armadillo (Maggiora), 1996 Fiat Brava Sentiero (Coggiola), 1996 Fiat Bravo Windsurf (Giannini), 1996 Fiat Enduro (Bertone), 1996 Fiat Multipla Concept, 1996 Fiat Sing e Song (Pininfarina), 1996 Fiat Vuscia (I.DE.A), 1996 Fiat Zicster, 1998 Fiat Multipla, 1999 Fiat Wish (Pininfarina), 2000 Fiat Ecobasic, 2002 Fiat Simba, 2003 Fiat Marrakech (I.DE.A), 2004 Fiat Idea 5Terre, 2004 Fiat Trepiuno (I.DE.A), 2005 Fiat Oltre, 2005 Fiat Sportiva Latina, 2005 Fiat X1/99 (IED), 2006 Fiat Ducato Truckster, 2006 Fiat FCC Adventure, 2006 Fiat Panda Jolly (Stola), 2007 Fiat Barchetta (Bertone), 2008 Fiat FCC II Bugster, 2008 Fiat Portofino, 2008 Fiat Tender Two EV (Castagna), 2010 Fiat Mio FCC III, 2010 Fiat Uno Cabriolet, 2011 Fiat 500 Coupe (Zagato), 2014 Fiat FCC4, 2018 Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia (Pininfarina), 2018 Fiat Fastback
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