Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model, goes under the Sotheby’s hammer from 23rd to 24th October 2020. Described by Road & Track in 1952 as being “the biggest surprise of the year”, the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic comprises of an advanced overhead-valve light alloy V-8 engine, Siata-fabricated chassis, and four-wheel independent suspension, which could be and was successfully raced by privateers all over the world.
Originally conceptualised as an Alfa Romeo racing car with long windshields; a curved nose that formed a straight-through beltline, ending at small tail fins flaring off lights intended to resemble jet afterburners; and a low, glassy greenhouse – the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic officially debuted at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, where spectators were struck by its exquisite hardware and custom-built interior. Showcasing an elaborate Ghia-badged speedometer behind a wood-rimmed steering wheel, this car was built specifically with wealthy amateur race drivers in mind, but was later modified to suit the needs of a “daily driver”.
Swapping out its original overhead-valve light alloy V-8 engine for a more conservative yet comparably powerful Chevrolet 283 V-8, the Supersonic’s initial owner had successfully maintained the build, longer than almost any other original 8V owner. Thanks to targeted refurbishing efforts and great overall maintenance, the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic remains fully functional, and suitable for vintage rallies, such as the California Mille, Colorado Grand, or even the Mille Miglia, alongside other exhibition at international shows and concours.
Going for approximately $1,750,000 – $2,200,000, under Lot 2227 on the official RM Sotheby’s website, the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic is regarded one of legendary Detroit designer, Henry Lauve’s greatest treasures.