1953 Fiat 8V Zagato

According to Fiat factory records, this 8V, chassis 106000065, was completed on October 6, 1953, and it was delivered to the famed Milanese coachbuilder Zagato as a bare chassis.

As a first-series 8VZ, the car features clean, uncluttered lines and the rare, flat dashboard used only on the earliest examples. Originally finished in white, the completed Zagato-bodied Fiat has the distinction of being the only right-hand-drive 8V ever built. Originally registered in Milan in March 1955, it was often seen competing in the most prominent Italian races and hillclimbs.

The first competition outing for the 8VZ took place on June 29, 1955, at the Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb, where Ottavio Guarducci managed to finish in 6th place. On July 10, the pair made an appearance at the IX Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti and once again, Guarducci and the 8V delivered a respectable 6th in class result. On September 11, Guarducci entered the 8VZ in the VII Coppa Intereuropa at Monza, a race that featured a competitive field of the latest European GTs. Wearing race number 96, Guarducci’s Fiat gave a brilliant performance that culminated in an outright victory. In so doing, the white 8VZ vanquished a grid that consisted of Maserati A6G/54 Zagatos, 300SL Gullwings, Porsche Carreras and almost a dozen Fiats.

On September 2, 1956, Guarducci again campaigned the 8VZ, returning to Monza for the running of the VIII Coppa Intereuropa. Battling Ferrari 250s, Mercedes-Benz 300SLs and a number of 8VZs through difficult, rainy conditions, Guarducci came across the finish line 9th overall and 5th in class. The 8VZ retired from racing and was sold to its second owner in December 1957 — Alessandro Cantoni, residing in the Piacenza province of Italy.

The car is believed to have remained in Italy until the late 1980s, when it was acquired by Andrea Zagato, the grandson of famed Milanese coachbuilder Ugo Zagato and the current CEO of the company. He commissioned a thorough restoration overseen by him personally, during which parts of the alloy coachwork were replaced employing the methods and materials that were used by the same firm several decades earlier.

Following its restoration, Andrea Zagato drove the 8VZ in the 1991 and 1992 Mille Miglia Storicas. The car was later sold to a collector in Holland, and it then went to an Italian enthusiast about five years ago.

In May 2007, a FIVA identity card was issued for the 8VZ, category A3 for original cars restored to original specification. With this classification, this 8VZ is eligible for some of the most stringent international events including the Mille Miglia Storica, where it was last entered in 2011, and Concorso Villa d’Este. The new owner is sure to be rewarded with a wonderful sports car that can be enjoyed for years to come, while offering the ideal foundation for an exacting, show-quality restoration.