Robb Design Portfolio: Jet Set

  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
    Automobile courtesy David and Ginny Sydorick. Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
    Automobile courtesy David and Ginny Sydorick. Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com;
    Automobile courtesy David and Ginny Sydorick. Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com;
  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com
  • Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com;
<< Back to Robb Report, May 2009
  • Gregory Anderson

1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic

Fiat named its first (and last) eight-cylinder automobile the 8V because the Italian car manufacturer incorrectly assumed that Ford had trademarked "V8" as a model designation. The Otto Vu raced successfully against its 2-liter contemporaries, but Fiat built just 114 of the engine/chassis combos between 1952 and 1954 before discontinuing the line. Several coachbuilders constructed bodies for the 8V, the finest example of which is the Supersonic by Ghia. The Turin, Italy–based carrozzeria’s chief designer, Giovanni Savonuzzi, was an aeronautical engineer by training, and his background is evident in the Supersonic’s gaping air intake, stabilizing fins, and afterburner-shaped taillights. Altogether, Ghia built 13 nearly identical Supersonic bodies, which the company draped over the chassis of eight Fiat 8Vs, three Jaguar XK120s, an Alfa Romeo 1900, and an Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II.

From Around the Web...
Once owned by the famed fighter, the 1,000 hp supercar has only 1,668 miles so far…
The seventh-generation 5 Series gets a facelift and a slew of new in-car tech…
Once owned by one of Hollywood’s leading legends, this cycle is sure to sell for six figures…
Available for the Wraith or Ghost, the package provides more aggressive styling and performance…
We tag along during final testing of the sports car prototype in Las Vegas…
The marque’s five 450 hp models include cabriolets and coupes with plenty of extras as standard…
Many of the most significant debuts coming out of the Motor City were in the crossover and SUV...
The sedan surges from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to 209 mph…
With a two-month turnaround time, you can have your new weekend driver in time for spring…
Automakers from around the world gathered in Las Vegas to show off their most exciting new tech…