at all a classic sports car shape has this 8V with bodywork by carozzeria
Vignale. It looks like a show car but is actually a racing car which is still
entered in events like the Mille Miglia in Italy.
rear of this cars shows also some original styling elements, like the panoramic
rear window and the extended roof line, sculpted like a visor. Also note the
finned shape of the rear fenders, which wasn't at all common then. American cars
started to have "tail fins" from the 1955 model year, about 3 years
after this car was introduced. European main stream cars got them even later.
After the first 34 cars with Fiat factory body its design was revised. Now both pairs of headlights were fitted in the front wings in a slanted layout (with headlight positions compliant to GT-category regulations) and the grille was less ostentatious. Also the rear wheel spats disappeared. The car still had a remarkable, original style, but now looked a bit more harmonious. This model became known as the second series 8V.
V8 engines in these Fiats were nothing like their American counterparts. These
units were compact, high revving and had a small displacement. The 8 cylinders
were fitted in a 70 degree V configuration and combined they measured up a 1996
cc displacement. In standard trim the unit produced 105 hp @ 5600 rpm, enough to
power this 996 kg car to a maximum speed of 190 kph. Torque was a limited 149 Nm
@ 3600 rpm.
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