Fiat’s most legendary, significant, and storied production model, the 8V, was aptly described in Road & Track in 1952 as “the biggest surprise of the year.” It came as a shock to the automotive world when Fiat suddenly introduced a powerful sports car with an advanced overhead-valve, light-alloy V8 engine, Siata-fabricated chassis and four-wheel independent suspension, which could be — and was — successfully raced by privateers all over the world.
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In 1953, Fiat introduced their new 1100-103. The 1955 Trasformabile (Italian for “convertible”) is generally considered the work of Fiat’s design director Fabio Luigi Rapi.
Teasingly voluptuous, it had a forward-leaning stance. Divided mesh grilles at the front were complemented by a wrap-around windshield. The haunches were understated but set off with a broad, slightly diagonal molding. Trasformabiles were soon given the Turismo Veloce (fast touring) engine. There was an adjustable steering wheel and roll-up windows provided comfort in all Read More