1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
We’re guiltier than most here at Average Joes of getting carried away by the latest auto releases, but sometimes there’s nothing better than taking a look into the past. With that in mind, take a look at this absolutely stunning 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic that’s about to be auctioned off at Bonhams!
Designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi at the notorious Ghia, this Supersonic is one of only 15 left in the world and is probably the finest example of the only overhead-valve V-8 that Fiat ever made.
In the spring of 1948, Fiat management instructed technical director Dante Giacosa to begin developing a V-6 engine to be used in a newly planned six-passenger sedan. The attempt to produce an American-style touring sedan never advanced beyond the stage of inception, but the engine devised by Giacosa soon morphed into the Fiat 8V.
The Supersonic being sold is believed to have first been shown at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 1954 before being exported to Chrysler chairman K.T. Keller, and subsequently sold to the first private owner, Lou Fageol, a hydroplane racing champion.
This 1953 8V Supersonic’s history is fully documented with numerous loving restorations having taken place, mainly in 2007 with painstaking efforts to maintain factory standards to the greatest possible degree, and the entire process photographed for a permanent record.
The seats have been re-trimmed with Italian doeskin-tan leather with Blue-Green welting by DiGiovanni Custom Upholstery, and Ken Litchfield of Classic and Exotic Service installed identical leather interior panelling, a wool headliner, trunk liner, luggage straps, and seafoam green Wilton wool carpeting.
The well-known Dayton Wire Wheels in Ohio restored the original Borrani wire wheels, and Brian Joseph’s shop Classic and Exotic Service conducted a bare-metal repaint in the original shade of Ghia’s Blue-Green metallic paint, also overseeing the final surface detailing and finishing.
The restoration took eight years to complete and totalled around $600,000. But the money looks to have been a wisely spent and this 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic looks as breath-taking as we’re sure it did when Joes first saw it at the Geneva Motor Show 62 years ago.
With a history of just five owners, it really is a nearly flawless example of Fiat’s one and only V-8 prestige car and we’re sure this is going to get some serious attention. It’s expected to go for between £1.2 million – £1.5 million and will go on sale on the 14th August this year. For more auctioning details, check out the Bonhams Website and start saving – we suggest now!