THE MAGNUS-OPUS ON FIAT 8V
AND SIATA DERIVATIVES
is a two-volume book on the history and development of what probably is one of the most mysterious cars from the early fifties; the Fiat 106 Sport, better know as the OttoVu. Developed by Dante Giacosa for a different application, the odd looking two-liter V-8 engine was later modified into a more powerful unit and ideas were proposed to fit it in a limited production sports car. With the help of SIATA, the Fiat 8V was born. Altough its limited production, a wide variety of different bodies were constructed on the 8V chassis,; from the elegant Supersonic by Carrozeria Ghia to the lightweight Zagato competition cars. All had their place in history and are reviewed in the book. Racing history and chassis by chassis register makes the work complete.
The Fiat 8V engine also powered the beautiful Siata 208 series that were produced nearby the Lingotto works, at the via Leonardo da Vinci under supervision of Giorgio Ambrosini.
SIATA production was almost entirely for the Amerikan market. There is a general intro to the early work of SIATA with seperate chapters to the Diana series and 750 Spider.
Obviously, the 208-series are the main interest here and form, together with a register on the Spider and Coupe, the major part of the second volume.
OttoVu with introductions by Carlo Leto di Priolo, Gino Munaron, Aldo Leoni and Otto Linton is limited to 1500 numbered copies. Approximately 1000 photographs are used (90% of them from the era and never published before) printed at very high quality level. Size is 250 x 250 mm and both volumes are presented as a set in a special designed black box – total weight is 6,7Kg. Enclosed are reprints of SIATA brochures and a pencil sketch of Giovanni Michelotti on the Siata 208/S Spider.
Volume I – Fiat 106 Sport, counts 672 pages
Volume II – Siata derivata Fiat, counts 528 pages