In 1953, Carrozzeria Zagato bought 25 unsold chassis from Fiat and altered their body and engine to create their version of the 8V. In this 25 chassis deal, there were some finished Rapi berlinettas. With this complete bodies, Zagato designed a modified version with different nose, rear-end and particularly the greenhouse. They called “Elaborata”. The position of the new db-roof was lower and featured a one-piece windscreen. The original Fiat front fenders were kept as far as the wheel centers and the front part was modified into a single head lamp configuration. The main idea was to build some prototypes and then offer the possibility to clients to modify existing 8Vs to this specification. Only five Elaborata were built, all being different in details.

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