GM’s exclusive Fiat goes on saleOctober 16, 2020
On October 23rd, RM Sotheby’s will auction the 1953 Fiat 8V coupe. The press center of the company announced this on Friday, October 16.
The first owner of the car was one of the creators of the Chevrolet Corvette, Henry Lauve. They plan to raise money for a sports car from $ 1.75 to $ 1.1 million.
A total of 114 copies of the Fiat 8V were assembled, the bodies for which were created and manufactured by various European ateliers. According to various estimates, from 30 to 40 coupes were built with the participation of the Turin Ghia, only one and a half dozen of which acquired an exterior by designer Giovanni Savonuzzi. This version of the body design is known under the designation Supersonic, since it actively uses aviation motifs.
General Motors designer Henry Lauve, a colleague of the famous Harley Earl, bought one of these sports cars in 1953 and used it for a long time as a car for every day. The owner even had to change the engine several times, and during one of the periods of use, while waiting for the original V8 from Italy, Henry installed a 283 cubic inch (4.3 liters) Fiat V8 from Chevrolet under the hood. At the same time, the factory V8 was only a 2.0-liter with 105 hp.
According to the auctioneers, the car has undergone a comprehensive restoration procedure, but is currently wearing a garnet shade, while its original color was white, and the interior was painted blue.
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