• This Month's Issue

    We Take Stock of Two Record-Setting '75 Lambo LP400's

    Stephen Serio Recommends Five Under-$50k Cars

    Chasing the Testa Rossa: 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Competizione

    $3.8m Hemi 'Cuda: Comer Rates the Sale, Cumberford Rates the Design

    Read More
  • SCM Platinum

    Over 200 cars that sold at auction covered in every issue of SCM. Our market reports include detailed information about the vehicle, including VIN, condition, options, and expert analysis from SCM's auction reporters.

    SCM Platinum is the largest database of collector cars sold at auction. Over 150,000 vehicles, including over 59,000 with detailed write-ups from our auction reporters.

    Now optimized for your mobile devices!

    Read More
  • Sports Car Market Magazine

    SCM is renowned for its unbiased coverage of the most prominent auctions around the world. Every issue of Sports Car Market is packed full of information you can't get anywhere else at any price. Find out the pro's secrets — what to look for and how much to pay for the classic of your dreams.

    Read More
  • Glovebox Notes

    SCM doesn't just cover collector cars. Every week, SCM reviews a brand new car online and in our newsletters, and there are new reviews every month in the magazine. Thinking of buying a new car? Check out our reviews!

    Read More
  • Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance

    The 2014 guide includes a calendar of events and detailed descriptions of 21 featured concours.

    Read More

Recent Profiles

load more / hold SHIFT key to load all load all

1953 fiat 8v fixed head coupe


Fiat is one of Italy's oldest and greatest car manufacturers and, although remarkably successful in early motor racing, has made surprisingly few real sports cars. The Turin firm won the French Grand Prix in 1907 and again in 1922 when Nazzaro won the race at 79.10 mph in a two-liter Fiat. Yet the first notable sports car to emerge was, arguably, the 1934 Fiat 508 "Balilla," following several class wins by various Fiats in the Mille Miglias of the late 1920s and early '30s.

Fiat sprung something of a surprise at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show when they introduced their next competition car, the two-liter vee-eight engined 8V. It was designed for motor racing and became very successful, its long and distinguished record including the two-liter GT Championship Italy in 1954.

The light alloy V8 engine was novel in that the angle between cylinder banks was 70° to keep the unit narrow, and the 8V's chassis was of tubular steel; suspension was independent all round using components from other Fiat models. Dante Giacosa supervised the design and, because only 114 8Vs were constructed during the two-year production period, they were mostly hand built.

Similarly, the steel bodies were hand crafted at Fiat, Ghia or Zagato and welded to the chassis frame. The body shape was evolved in a wind tunnel. The 8V chassis and running gear was used by Fiat to take a gas turbine engine for research in 1954.

This 8V pictured here is in excellent condition but showing a nice patina and trace of use. The steel bodywork, with aluminum bonnet, is original and beautifully restored. The interior has black leather covered bucket seats, the door trim is black, the roof lining and carpets grey. It has a wood-rimmed steering wheel. The engine bay is beautiful and the recorded mileage is 34,550. The car was initially sold in Italy, then went to England where it stayed from 1963 to 1973 and subsequently went to Switzerland. It has been owned by the same enthusiast since 1984. It is an unusual, charismatic and eminently usable sports car, a perfect entry for the 1000 Miglia and similar events.


{analysis}{auto}540{/auto} $97,560 was the magic number that caused SN 19 to find a new home on 22 May 1997 at the Christie's Geneva auction.

Rumor has it that the last Zagato-bodied 8V to find a home was placed by SCM contributor Raymond Milo for around $75,000. And this was a car in need of total restoration, normally a $100,000 proposition. Further, the supply of unrestored 8Vs may be exhausted.

Therefore, even this less-desirable Rappi-bodied car should be considered a very good buy, as in effect the new owner was getting a free car after paying only for the cost of restoration. Better yet, the car has been fettled, meaning that the new owner isn't going to spend the next five vintage events (at $1,000/day!) finding out which hoses weren't properly tightened, or which knock-on spinner like to loosen themselves on the highway. - ED.
{/analysis}

Recent Blog Posts

  • "Paddy Power" (With Simon Kidston Cameo) +

    Paddy Power from Kidston.TV on Vimeo.   Read More
  • This Week's Classic Mystery Photo +

    The monthly Mystery Photo has been an SCM tradition for 25 years. Each week, we’ll share one of our “greatest hits” photos from the past and give you a chance to provide a new witty and provocative caption. Each week’s winner will be announced in the Newsletter. Share your caption Read More
  • Alex, the Viper and Timberline Lodge +

    My 23-year-old daughter Alexandra has had a summer of milestones. First, she graduated from Oregon State University, with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship and a minor in Writing. (Two years ago, following a year studying in France, she earned a diploma in International Business from Read More
  • October 2014 Cover Poll +

    Our Art Director, David Tomaro, has created three possible cover concepts, and we'd like to know which one is your favorite. Click here to cast your vote! In addition, please take a few moments and answer some questions about collector cars. It should all take less than a minute, and Read More
  • 600 Miles in an Air-Conditioned Amazon +

    Sometimes I just feel contrarian. A few weeks ago I drove our 1967 Duetto on the Porsche club-sponsored Northwest Passage. This past weekend, the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Oregon had its annual summer tour. As I have five Alfas, naturally I decided to drive our 1967 Volvo 122S, a.k.a. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Collector Car News

  • 1956 Ferrari 250 GT TdF and 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra Headline RM London +

      Two significant competition cars headline RM's annual London sale, taking place September 8 at Battersea Evolution: a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ and a 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra. These two competition greats lead a roster of more than 70 blue-chip automobiles at the exclusive Read More
  • Corrected Dates For Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival +

      The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will take place October 24 – November 2. Jaguar Is the Honored Marque for the 2014 Festival. With nearly 80 years since the SS Jaguar name first appeared, the marque has far-reaching appeal and a wide breadth of history. Both Motoring Festival venues Read More
  • Final Results From Monterey: $428m +

    The six auctions of Monterey Car Week have released their official sales totals, and the numbers are the biggest we've ever seen: $428m for 828 cars sold, which averages out to $517k per car. That's a 39% increase beyond the $308m of Monterey Car Week 2013 and a 28% higher Read More
  • First Look: Preliminary Monterey Sales Total $400m, and a Post-War Ferrari Wins Pebble Beach Best of Show +

    Preliminary reports put the cumulative sales of Monterey Car Week 2014 at a whopping $400m, with 745 cars sold out of 1,235 offered -- growth of 30% over last year's cumulative $308m, and a bump in average sold price to $536k from $405k. The overall totals are sure to increase, once Read More
  • Bonhams Sells Ferrari 250 GTO for $38m! +

    A Ferrari 250 GTO hammered sold for $34,650,000 at day one of Bonhams' Quail Lodge sale. Including the 10% buyer's premium, the GTO was $38,115,000. Today's sale consisted of the 10-lot Maranello Rosso Collection. The Collection sold for a combined $65,945,000. About 100 more cars will cross the block on Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4