1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043
Lot 60
The ex-Anna Maria Peduzzi
2nd Place at the Coppa Int. Delle Dame

1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA
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1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043 1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA  Chassis no. 106.000022 Engine no. 104.000.000043
1953 FIAT 8V ELABORATA
Coachwork by Zagato

Chassis no. 106.000022
Engine no. 104.000.000043

1,996cc OHV Alloy V8 Engine
110bhp at 6,000rpm
Twin Weber Carburetors
5-Speed Manual Gearbox (And Original Gearbox)
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Alfin Drum Brakes


*One of just 5 exceedingly stylish 8V 'Double-Bubble' Zagato Elaboratas built
*Matching-numbers with exiting period racing history
*Recent exhaustive restoration by renowned specialists
*Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Award winner and Colorado Grand Participant
*Exquisitely presented example of a coachbuilt jewel



THE FIAT 8V

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 inceptional stage, but the engine devised by Giacosa soon morphed into a V-8 of considerable merit. Displacing just under two liters, the Tipo 104 motor featured an unusual 70° architecture, as well as advanced racing components such as a finned aluminum sump, forged crankshaft, polished intakes and ports, and tubular 4x1 stainless steel exhaust manifolds. As Giacosa later noted of the V-8 in his autobiography, "the idea of mounting it on a sports car for a small production run was attractive and aroused the keenest interest among the design engineers."

And so was born the Fiat 8V, which featured the only overhead-valve V-8 that Fiat ever built during its long and storied history. Known in Italy as the Otto Vu, the new model was positioned as a luxury grand touring sports car, obviously a far cry from the automaker's niche for utilitarian mass-market cars like the 500. To maintain the necessary quality-control for such a high-end product, the fabrication of the chassis was farmed out to Giorgio Ambrosini's Siata, the tuning specialists that had long served as Fiat's in-house competition and customization department. This choice was probably further facilitated by Ghia owner Mario Felice Boano's 1950 hiring of Luigi Segre, a former Siata sales manager, as Ghia's sales director.

The 8V's tipo 106 chassis was one the world's most advanced, challenging the finest offerings from Ferrari or Maserati with four-wheel independent suspension (a Fiat first), and Borrani wire wheels with Rudge knock-off hubs. Completed chassis were sent to the Carrozzerie Speciali FIAT in Lingotto, where they were clothed with an elegant new coupe design by Fabio Lucio Rapi that was aerodynamically fine-tuned in the Turin wind tunnel. The Otto Vu made its public debut at the Geneva Salon in March 1952, and immediately impressed all who saw it with Fiat's ability to produce such a jewel-like automobile.

Over the following two years, about two hundred tipo 104 motors were produced (though more than fifty of these were eventually installed in the upcoming Siata roadster). The Otto Vu automobile was even more rare, with approximately 114 examples built through 1954. While at least forty of these cars were bodied with the factory coachwork by Rapi, the other chassis were clothed by coachbuilders such as Balbo, Pinin Farina, Vignale and Zagato.

In the Zagato form, the 8V earned class wins at the 1955 Targa Florio and 1957 Mille Miglia, and claimed the 1956 Italian Sports Car Championship (2-Liter Class), a huge benchmark in the model's competition pedigree.


CARROZZERIA ZAGATO

Now in its 95th year, Zagato has rightfully earned its existence as one of very few surviving coachbuilding houses. That it has persisted where others did not can almost certainly be attributed to the fact that its designs have always been fresh, different and of the very finest quality. And in what may be the ultimate expression of life imitating art, even today, founder Ugo Zagato's name sounds exciting, edgy and modern. Pioneering designs such as the solution to increasing localized headroom by creating twin roof bulges brought the expression 'Double Bubble' into existence, a rare example of the coachbuilder creating a hallmark that extends beyond the car brand.

While other houses also created incredible designs for various car manufacturers, frequently in today's collector car market it is the combination of Zagato with the brand that is most prized. The company was in its relative incubation when the first designs where made and cars built, and similarly to Gabriel Voisin, Zagato's skills had been acquired while building fighter aircraft for the Italian Air Force. In transferring these principles to roadgoing machinery he created automobile bodies that were as light as they were beautiful.

His attention to detail was legendary, his bodies were costly, and when a wealthy Milanese family took Zagato to court on the grounds that their son had been "mad" to order a "shockingly expensive" Zagato-bodied 8C2300 Alfa, the judge rejected their claim on the grounds that "the search for beauty is a most normal thing in a man".

Zagato's painstaking approach was highly appreciated by the top drivers, and his circle of friends included Giuseppe Campari, Baconin Borzacchini, Giulio Ramponi... and most notably Enzo Ferrari. He recalled in later years: "think of how much motoring history was made in those Zagato spiders, first on the RL, then on the 1500 and 1750. It was a glorious series, the fruit of an avant-garde mechanism and a brilliant improvisation that lasted for years and brought so many victories."


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to the research of Tony Adriaensens' authoritative 2012 volume on the Otto Vu model, chassis number 106.000022 with engine 104.000.000043 was sold new to a Milanese owner on April 20, 1953. Although this car carries the earliest chassis number of the 8V Zagato Elaboratas is not believed to have been the first completed of the only five at Zagato. When 106.000022 arrived at Zagato, the car received the iconic Double-Bubble aluminum bodywork, lightweight bumpers, Plexiglas side windows and other racing and weight saving features that only the Elaboratas had.

From here, 8V Zagato Elaborata 106.000022 would start a wonderful competition campaign, which today has made its marks on the history books. This exciting chapter starts with Anna Maria Peduzzi, one of the most successful female drivers in the history of Italian motorsport. Peduzzi began racing in the early 1930s, successfully participating in local races and hill climbs in her husbands Alfa Romeo 6C. By the 1934 season, she had secured a position with Scuderia Ferrari and went on to win her class at the Mille Miglia in a Alfa Romeo 6C Testa Fissa. After the war, Peduzzi returned to the racing circuits and was often seen behind the wheel of lightweight Etceterini such as Stanguellini's.

In may of 1956, just before her first outing with Scuderia Ferrari in a brand new 500 TR, Peduzzi campaigned 106.000022 in the VI Coppa Internazionale delle Dame, a race open to female racing drivers with separate Turismo, Gran Turismo and Sport racing classes. The popular event, also known as the Trofeo Luisa Rezzonico, was divided into two distinct sections, and the contestants had to first face the grueling 7.4-km Como-Lieto Colle hillclimb before completing six laps on the Circuito di Campione track. Wearing race number 64, Peduzzi – who had already mastered the same race in the 1951, 1952 and 1954 editions – drove 106.000022 to an impressive second place finish, right behind the winning 300SL Gullwing of Gilberte Thition.

After this impressive racing debut, 106.000022 was sold to French privateer Jean-Claude Arifon. Arifon, who had previously raced a Simca in regional events, was particularly taken with his latest acquisition and immediately began competing in the Zagato Elaborata. On June 16, 1957, Arifon entered 106.000022 in the Prix de Paris at Monthléry with racing number 72. In early October, the 8V Zagato Elaborata returned to the famous Parisian track for the Coupe du Salon wearing number 61. The final competition outing for the Elaborata with Arifon took place in 1958 at the V Rallye des Forêts. Jean-Claude Arifon would sell the 8V Zagato Elaborata in 1959, but the car certainly left a lasting impression. When contacted decades later, he remembered the Elaborata fondly and remarked that it was the only car he raced that gave him the impression of driving a go-kart!

A French sports car enthusiast discovered the rare 8V Zagato Elaborata in 1972. At a later date, the 8V came to the attention of Paul Berson. During his ownership, 106.000022 was repainted in Swiss racing colors, and was featured on the cover of French classic car magazine Auto Passion in October of 1998. That same year, the previous owner purchased the 8V Zagato Elaborata, and the car became part of his exceptional US-based collection of Zagato bodied sports cars. After arriving in the US from France, 106.000022 was entrusted with Redondo Beach, California based restoration shop Tillack & Co for a comprehensive restoration. The car was completely gone through from stem to stern between 1998-2001. Once disassembled, it was discovered that the car was in very good and largely original condition, with the original sheet metal and matching-numbers engine intact. The only area of concern was the nose area, which was beginning to show its age with some minor corrosion. It was decided to restore the front to the more typical Zagato Elaborata appearance, rather than the wider grille opening.

In an effort to make the 8V better suited for touring purposes, a five-speed gearbox was installed; however the original four-speed unit accompanies the car. In 2002, 106.00022 made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it received a prestigious Second in Class award in tough competition. Some years later, the Zagato Elaborata successfully finished the Colorado Grand 1000-mile rally.

Purchased by the consignor in 2011, a Florida-based collector of exceptional sports cars, 106.000022 has since undergone a comprehensive restoration to ensure its ready to take on top-level concours or touring events. The finest restoration shops where selected to do the job; Paul Russell & Company redid the complete interior, while CB Restorations stripped and repainted the Elaborata in Grigio Fumo; a very period color for the car. Chuck Sims went over the mechanicals, while Steve Claassen handled the final assembly.

Restored to exceptional condition, this breathtaking Fiat 8V Zagato Elaborata will be warmly welcomed at vintage events, is eligible for rallies around the globe like the Mille Miglia Storica and the Colorado Grand, though perhaps better-suited for world class concours d'elegance like Pebble Beach, Villa d'Este, and Amelia Island. One of just five examples built, 106.000022 is a rare automobile claiming a documented history of some prominent racing driver-owners in the period. It is a nearly flawless example of Fiat's one and only V8 prestige car, and should command the attention of collectors worldwide.

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