Fiat 8V

Siata by Vignale


Siata 208S

Founded by Giorgio Ambrosini in 1926 Siata specialized in performance modifications for Fiats, employing the intuitive skills of his craftsmen to create the extra power that competitive Italians wanted for their Fiats. Fiat conspicuously ignored the high performance market as they built their volume production empire around sensible and reliable small cars and left the low volume high performance projects to ingenious independents like Siata and Abarth.
Fiat changed this policy with the development of a 2-litre V8 engine, entrusted to Siata. Rudolf Hruska, at the time working for Siata, put Fiat's V8 engine in a chassis with fully independent suspension which Siata had designed for the Fiat 1900. Introduced at the Autosalon de Geneve in 1952 the Fiat 8V, which had been developed and built in total secrecy, was a sensation but in 1954 production was ended after 114 were built.
96 engines went to Siata which put them in the chassis for which the 8V had been developed, calling it the 208S. A variety of bodies were designed by coach builders including Vignale, who built three coupes.

Vignale cars by manufacturer:

Abarth Chrysler Fiat Nardi Rolls Royce Volvo
Alfa Romeo Cisitalia Jensen Opel Siata
AMC Corvette Lancia OSCA Standard-Triumph
Aston Martin Cunningham Maserati Packard Tatra
BMW Daihatsu Matra Pegaso Vignale
Cadillac Ferrari MG Record vehicles Volkswagen

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