1953 Fiat Ghia Supersonic Once Had a Chevy V8 Under the Hood, Worth $2.2M

1953 Fiat 8v Ghia Supersonic 9 photos
Photo: RM Sotheby's/DuPont Registry
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Ask anyone around you today what they feel about Fiat, and the answers will most definitely not be flattering for the Italian carmaker. For years now the brand has been sinking into oblivion because of poor models, lack of vision, and an expansion policy that left it alone in the dark.
But things were not always like this. Shortly after the end of the Second World War, Fiat was one of Europe’s main brands, and its models as cherished – if not more – than those of the competition.

Take the 8V, also known as Otto Vu. Introduced in 1954 as a sports car, it had all the romantic traits of the age’s design, and a V8 under the hood that was initially created for a luxury sedan that never came to be.

For a carmaker whose main business was to make successful cars for the masses, coming up with a V8 sports machine was quite the revolution. Especially because the great design houses of the era, names like Ghia, Zagato or Vignale, had a hand in sculpting the bodywork.

In the two years of production, a little over 114 8Vs were made. About 30 wore a body by Fiat's Reparto Carrozzerie Speciali, about the same had Zagato written all over them, and Ghia took over the design of around 40. Of these 40, very few (around 15) were a special kind of special, sporting a design that earned them the name Supersonic.

The one in the gallery above is an American-bred 8V. It was commissioned by General Motors designer Henry Lauve of Corvette fame, and used as a daily driver.

We’re told the car’s original engine at some point failed, and between that time and the moment a new one was shipped from Italy, a Chevy 283ci (4.3-liters) V8 was used.

The car is currently waiting to be sold at the hands of auction house RM Sotheby’s. It has been restored to its original condition, and now boasts a correct (and completely different than the two Italian powerplants it had under its hood over the years ) 8V engine.

Given its rarity, its condition, and its history, the auction house expects to fetch as much as $2.2 million for it.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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