Wednesday, February 9, 2022

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

The 8V is Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model. The most striking were the 15 bodied to Giovanni Savonuzzi’s stunning Jet Age design, known as the Supersonic.
The Fiat 8V had a 70 degree V configuration displacing 1,996 cc and fitted with two twin-choke Weber 36 DCF 3 carburetors. In its first iteration (type 104.000) the engine produced 104 hp at 5,600 rpm. The improved type 104.003 made 125hp. The engine was connected to a four speed gearbox. The car had independent suspension all round and drum brakes on all four wheels.
Only 114 of the high-performance coupés were produced. Regardless, they continued to win the Italian 2-litre GT championship every year until 1959. Eight 'Supersonic' are thought to have survived.
A 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia sold at Amelia Island in 2017 for $1.3m.

This example is another gem from the Elkhart collection. It made $2m.