The Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, coveted by collectors

Fiat V8 Supersonic Ghia, 1954

The Fiat 8V Supersonic in these photographs – a 1954 model made by Ghia – is the result of a stunning idea born a few years earlier.

In 1947, then-president of Fiat Vittorio Valletta (1883-1967) had asked engineer and designer Dante Giacosa (1905-1996) to create a high-end, “American style” sedan for an exclusive niche market.

Only 114 would be made, until 1954. It was, however, a huge commercial success.

The Supersonic coupé we are showcasing in our gallery belongs to the series Italians called “OttoVù”, made in the first half of the 1950s by prestigious Italian coach building firms like Pininfarina, Vignale, Zagato, Bertone, Balbo, and, as we mentioned, Ghia.

To this day, the twenty or so Fiat Supersonic ever made by Ghia – one of them purchased by movie star Lana Turner – are coveted by collectors from all over the world.

Photos via:
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22792/lot/28/

October 28, 2015