It shared few parts with other Fiats and boasted an engine that was originally intended for a luxury sedan. Developed by Dante Giacosa and stylist Luigi Rapi, the Fiat 8V had a 70 degree V configuration and produced 105 hp paired to a 4-speed gearbox with a top speed of 118 mph.
The 8V was a departure from the norm for Fiat and didn’t receive lots of support from upper management. Only 114 were made by the time it ceased production in 1959. That didn’t stop it from racing, however, and it won the Italian 2-liter GT championship every year until 1959.
There were 34 with bodywork produced by the factory, but some were done by coachbuilders. Carozzeria Zagato made 30 “Elaborata Zagato” models while Ghia and Vignale made others. A single fiberglass-bodeied 8V was built and now calls Centro Sorico Fiat its home.