Neckar Siata 1500 TS 1964 Coupé,
Lot 306
1964 SIATA 1500 TS Coupé Chassis no. 356606
€20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 38,000

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1964 SIATA 1500 TS Coupé
Chassis no. 356606
Après 1945, FIAT consacra tous ses efforts à la production d'automobiles économiques et bon marché destiné au marché de masse en laissant aux autres producteurs le soin de répondre aux besoins des amateurs de performances. Ainsi, les clients désireux d'augmenter celles de leur FIAT n'avaient d'autres solutions que de s'adresser à des préparateurs indépendants comme Nardi et SIATA. SIATA (Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) fondée en 1926 par Giorgio Ambrosini s'était spécialisée dans la modification et la préparation des FIAT. Lorsque la firme, rebaptisée SIATA Auto Spa introduisit son premier modèle de production en 1949, les pièces FIAT, en l'occurrence celles de la 500 Topolino furent logiquement choisies pour le nouveau cabriolet Amica. Au cours des années 1950 et jusque dans les années 1960, divers moteurs américains dont Crosley, Ford et Chrysler V8 furent utilisés en plus des moteurs FIAT nationaux.

Le modèle suivant de la firme de Milan, produit sur la base de la FIAT 1400, fut la Rallye, un roadster de type classique qui n'était pas rappeler la MG TD. Tous les modèles SIATA ne furent pas le résultat de plagiats. La série des coupés FIAT 8V deux litres des années 1950, habillés d'une grande diversité de caisses élégantes signées par des maisons comme Stabilimenti Farina, Vignale et Bertone et comptant parmi les plus belles créations de SIATA, est particulièrement intéressante.

Les SIATA des années 1960 continuèrent d'utiliser des composants FIAT, la plus remarquable étant la 1500 TS dérivée de la berline FIAT 1500, mais sous une robe en deux tons et muni d'un moteur à deux carburateurs valant 94 cv. Dessinée par Giovanni Michelotti, la jolie SIATA 1500 TS Coupé 2+2 atteignait en pointe 170 km/h.

La 1500 TS Siata fut aussi produite par la filiale allemande de FIAT, Neckar Automobilwerke AG (anciennement NSU-FIAT) dans son usine d'Heilbronn où fut assemblée la voiture proposée ici. Cette voiture acquise en 1995 par l'actuel vendeur avait été restaurée par son précédent propriétaire qui l'avait achetée en 1978. Cette belle et rare italienne qui démarre « au quart de tour » est décrite comme étant en très bon état général.


After WW2, FIAT concentrated its efforts on supplying reliable, low-cost products to the high volume market, leaving others to serve the needs of the high-performance sector. Thus customers wanting increased performance from their FIAT had little option but to turn to independent tuning concerns such as Nardi and SIATA. SIATA (Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) was founded in 1926 by Giorgio Ambrosini and specialised in modifying and tuning FIATs. When the company, now renamed SIATA Auto Spa, eventually introduced its first production car in 1949, FIAT components, in this case sourced from the Topolino, were the logical choice for the new Amica cabriolet. During the 1950s and on into the '60s a various US engines including Crosley, Ford and Chrysler V8s were used in addition to FIAT's home-grown motors.
The Milanese firm's next effort, based on the FIAT 1400, was the Rallye, a traditionally styled roadster bearing more than a passing resemblance to the MG TD. Not all SIATA's designs were so obviously plagiarised, the series of FIAT 8V 2-litre V8-powered coupés of the 1950s, equipped with a variety of stylish Italian coachwork from the likes of Stabilimenti Farina, Vignale and Bertone and arguably the firm's finest creations, being particularly striking.
SIATAs of the 1960s continued to be FIAT based, the most noteworthy being the 1500 TS, which as based on FIAT's 1500 saloon but came with two-tone bodywork and a twin-carburettor engine tuned for up to 94bhp. Styled by Giovanni Michelotti, the pretty SIATA 1500 TS Coupé boasted '2+2' accommodation and had a top speed of 170km/h (approximately 105mph).
SIATA'S 1500 TS was also produced by FIAT's German subsidiary, Neckar Automobilwerke AG (formerly NSU-FIAT) at its factory in Heilbronn, which is where the example offered here was built. The car was purchased in 1995 by the current vendor, having already been restored by its preceding owner, who had acquired it in 1978. This stylish Italian rarity starts 'on the button' and is described as in good overall condition.

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