Lot 169 - 1950 Fiat Siata Roadster Evocation
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
Siata (Società Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) was an Italian car tuning shop and manufacturer founded in 1926 by amateur race car driver Giorgio Ambrosini initially selling performance parts to modify and tune cars manufactured by Fiat.
After World War II, the company began making its own Brand of sports cars which continued until the mid-1970s starting with the first wholly original design of the 'Siata Amica' (1948 to 1952) which was then followed by the 300BC Barchetta Sport Spider in 1951. The Barchetta Sport Spider was designed by Mario Revelli de Beaumont and built by Nuccio Bertone and Rocco Motto. Around 50 production models were created and predominantly featured either a 750cc Crosley or 1100cc Fiat engine.
The Siata 208S introduced in 1953 featuring Fiat's 2.0 litre 8V engine. 35 cars were produced between 1953 and 1955 priced at $5,300 dollars available in both convertible and hard top. The car rose to prominence after actor and race car driver Steve McQueen purchased model BS523 from Los Angeles-based Siata importer Ernie McCaffe in the mid-1950s. McQueen reportedly re-badged the car with Ferrari emblems and dubbed the car his "Little Ferrari".
This Siata evocation is a fully aluminium-bodied roadster and bears visual similarity to that of a 208 CS Bertone Spider Corsa from 1953. The chassis is from a 1950 Fiat together with the suspension, steering and brakes. The engine is a tuned 1100cc with a performance manifold, twin-choke Weber carburettor and 4-Speed manual transmission. This charming little Italian sports car sits on Borrani style wire wheels and is finished in blue with twin black upholstered race seats, there is enough room for a passenger and features a small boot area for luggage when on a tour or rally.
Formerly part of a deceased estate, documentation includes copies of the former Italian Libretto and a current UK V5C.
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