JAN 26th 2016

Could 1953 Fiat 8V Zagato Fetch £2,500,000 Auction?

Later this week, Bonhams’ will hold its annual Scottsdale Auction for classic and historic cars at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Taking place on Thursday 28 January, the Bonhams auction will consist of 115 lots, with a real highlight being a 1953 Fiat 8V with highly desirable Zagato ‘double-bubble’ coachwork.

One of just five ‘double-bubble’ Zagato 8Vs clothed in this iconic coupe bodywork, Bonham’s is not currently quoting a price estimate for this desirable ex-Anna Maria Peduzzi Fiat, but expect it to be high.

The 8V was the work of Fiat’s technical engineering genius Dante Giacosa, with the 2-litre displacement of the model’s small overhead valve V8 pumping out around 110 bhp, which was quite considerable for the late 1940s when the engine was developed.

Fiat 8V Zagato

Just 114 Fiat 8Vs were built before production ended in 1954, most fitted with standard ‘Factory’ coachwork by Rapi, however, a handful of 8V chassis were clothed by a variety of leading Italian coachbuilders, including Balbo, Pininfarina, Vignale and, of course, Zagato.

This 8V Zagato Elaborata is the first double-bubble to be constructed by Zagato, and features a lightweight aluminium body, with lightweight bumpers, Plexiglas side windows and other weight saving features for competition.

After a long and varied career in the hands of various owners and prominent competitors around the world, this Fiat underwent an extensive restoration in 2011, and looks set to cause much excitement at the Bonhams Scottsdale auction on Thursday.

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