1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186

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Lot 280N
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project
Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina

£ 115,000 - 125,000
US$ 150,000 - 160,000
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project
Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina

Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. SL 0186
*Ultra-rare Italian sports-racer
*One of a believed six coupés surviving
*Matching numbers and highly original
*Eligible for the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, etc.
*Offered for restoration
*Extensive history file

Footnotes

  • Founded in 1926 in Turin, Italy by Giorgio Ambrosini, SIATA (Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) began life as a tuning firm specialising in the modification of 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 variety of US engines including Crosley, Ford and Chrysler V8s was adopted 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 TS 1500 Coupé being the most noteworthy, and then in 1968 the firm returned to the MG theme with its swansong model, the Spring. A two-seat sports roadster constructed on the rear-engined FIAT 850S floorpan, the Spring lasted until 1970, with a brief revival by ORSA in 1973.

    SIATA's Daina model of the early 1950s was based on the FIAT 1400 and built in both Convertible and Coupé forms, most of the former being bodied by Stabilimenti Farina and the latter by Bertone. Later cars were designated 'SL' (Scatolato Lamiera – literally: sheet metal box). The Daina used the FIAT 1400 overhead-valve engine, modified by SIATA with a special cylinder head, pistons and twin-carburettor inlet manifold. A 1,500cc unit was available as an option. SIATA was active in racing from its earliest days, and a Daina Convertible driven by Dick Irish and Bob Fergus won its class in the inaugural Sebring 12 Hours race of 1952, finishing 3rd overall ahead of many larger-engined cars.

    One of six Daina coupés believed to survive, this very rare and exciting 'barn find' was first registered in Rome, Italy before being exported to Mexico early in its life, remaining there until it was brought back to Europe in 2017 (EU taxes have been paid). The car's vast history file is quite exceptional, containing many original documents including the purchase invoice from 1951 and the subsequent first registration in Rome.

    '0186' is a matching-numbers example with Farina body numbers stamped on all parts, sitting on its original Borrani wire wheels and retaining its original Weber carburettors. We are advised that the original engine is in good condition but in need of a complete rebuild, together with all the original ancillaries and engine-bay components, which are usable.

    The floor pans and chassis have been reconditioned, and the bodywork is in bare aluminium and has no filler. All glass is present together with the original Perspex rear window, and all the original lights are on the car. The interior is original and 100% complete, as is the dashboard, while the original carpets are there to provide a template for new ones. Other original items, such as the wiring loom, are serviceable.

    Never restored and preserved in corrosion-free condition thanks to the dry Mexican climate, this SIATA Daina represents a 'blank-canvas' opportunity for the fortunate next owner to determine the restoration's extent and detail finish. Enticingly, it is eligible for the world's most prestigious motoring events including the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, and Colorado Grand.
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1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
1951 SIATA Daina 1.4-Litre Coupé Project  Chassis no. SL 0186
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