You will thoroughly
enjoy this Italian, Pininfarina designed, hand built masterpiece.
This classic SIATA is priced at a fraction of other contemporary hand crafted
SIATA has a long
history. It began in 1926 by Giorgio
Ambrosini. His company was called Societa
Italiana Auto Transformazioni. SIATA
began manufacturing tuning accessories for Fiat automobiles.
The first SIATA car, the Amica was produced in 1939. During the
war they produced military equipment, after a very sucessful auxiliary bicycle motor
and performance accessories. In 1949 SIATA released the new Amica followed by the
Daina and competition cars. In 1951 the BC BARCHETTA sport spider, and in 1952 a
two seat coupe, the DAINA sport, and the
SPORT Barchetta were introduced.
SIATA cars ran
in the Mille Miglia, sports car races in
. For their size, they gave the larger
cars fits on the track. The SIATA handling
is superb. They are fast and nimble.
Here is the big reason you want this SIATA
The body. Wow, the body.
Frankly, I wanted a Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta because it has the most beautiful
Italian body lines ever drawn. But
I was short just a few million dollars.
This 1953 SIATA Daina Gran Sport has the same beautifully hand crafted lines, the
same impeccable style, the same classic 1950’s Italian look, the same Pininfarina
hand crafted perfection. The SIATA
is a tiny fraction of the cost of the 166 MM.
That is why it is truly a bargain.
That is the main reason I bought it.
From any angle,
any point of view, this classic Pininfarina crafted spyder is stunning!
I bought this
car sight unseen from Chris Smith – a well known
restoration specialist. So, how nervous
was I when the enclosed transport pulled up to my house?
I sure was. But when this SIATA
rolled out I thought, “Oh my gosh, this is better, much better, than I expected!”
The other reasons I bought this car.
See if you don’t agree-
- Extremely rare
– only about thirty of this early type Daina Gran Sport were made
- The design is the
culmination of 1950’s Italian Styling
- Individually and
painstakingly hand crafted one at a time – even the grill has its individual identification
number etched on the inside
- Easy running
built Alfa Romeo 1750cc DOHC engine with dual Weber DCOE carbs
- Alfa 5 speed gear
- Painstakingly correct
restoration by Chris Smith
- Coach built Italian
classics from the 1950’s are extremely rare and are highly significant
- Original Alfin
aluminum brake drums
- Basically an “unmessed
with” Italian Classic
- The gauges in the
car are really cool – they are irreplaceable
- The leather and
wool carpet interior is show quality
- The car was taken
down to rust free body prior to a show quality paint job being applied
- The chassis is
also rust free
Pure Automotive art – and recognized for it
restoration business, “The Creative Workshop,” in
Dania Beach, Florida
, did a superlative restoration. Chris
told me this was his last restoration before he retired.
It appears Chris saved his best for last!
This SIATA is faithfully restored and is a piece of rolling art.
This Gran Sport
was recognized as a truly beautiful work of art at
, where it was shown in March, 2008.
Then, in July of 2008, Classic Motorsports magazine ran a four page feature article
on this specific car. The article shows
a dozen pictures and details why this is such an important automobile.
Classic Motorsports honored this car again when they selected it as their
‘Miss February’ for their 2009 calendar.
From Howard B. to Chris Smith
It is interesting
how Chris got the car. It was owned
by Howard B., a very well known Etceterini enthusiast.
You may have seen Howard’s cars at Amelia and at
. I have known Howard personally for
quite a number of years. He only has
significant Italian cars in his collection.
Chris had a Stanguellini that Howard wanted and Chris wanted the Siata. There was the trade.
You can show
this car. You can drive this car. I did a bit of both.
It is a good fit for either venue.
What a great car for rally or a tour!
It is registered
with John deBoer. He is the keeper
of all Etceterini ownership information.
I would encourage the buyer to let John know of your purchase.
I also encourage
you to visit Cliff Reuter’s excellent site, Etceterini.com.
Click on Siata and enjoy!
It has a custom
tonneau cover that was made in Chris’ shop.
This SIATA is
is about halfway between
is invited. Overseas transport assistance
This car is offered
as is where is.
It’s not easy
to price this car. When do they ever
come up for sale? I did see a very
similar Siata Daina Gran Sport in the overseas press available in
a few months ago for about US$180,000.00.
It had a Ford V8 motor. For
a fairly well restored SIATA, that price seems fair.
But it cannot be any nicer than the one I am offering.
The better known
SIATA, the 208S Spyder, can’t be touched for under a three quarters of a million
dollars for a nicely restored example – one is currently on offer for US$875,000.00
at Fantasy Junction in
. I have personally seen it there.
It is worth that price.
Some Siata models
have sold for well over the million dollar mark.
One was Steve McQueen’s 208S at US$1.5 million and yes, a portion of the
price was surely for the McQueen name.
But still, $1.5 mil.
A SIATA Daina Gran Sport Coupe recently sold for $224,812.00 at the RM Auction in Monte Carlo.
This beautiful SIATA Daina Gran Sport is offered at a very low price of just US$125,000.
You can’t even come close to that for a hand crafted Pininfarina Barchetta from the 1950’s.
Now only US $98,000
I’m Dennis Burkey. I can be reached at 757-941-8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.