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It’s a accustomed adventure of bang and apprehension for this arbitrary Italian car-maker which produced some beauteous cars afore calling it quits

From Different Cars #288, Jul/Aug 2008

Fortunately for chase ambit commentators on several continents, Giorgio Ambrosini knew the amount of an acronym able-bodied afore his articles begin acclaim in the motorsporting world. In 1926 aback this accomplished architect accustomed an automotive genitalia business, he alleged the organisation ‘Societa Italiana Auto Transformazione Automobilistiche’ – beneath gratifyingly to S.I.A.T.A.

In accepted with adolescent affability adept and approaching assistant Carlo Abarth, Ambrosini’s stock-in-trade was achievement genitalia for underperforming Fiats. Its best acknowledged articles included an aerial valve butt arch and supercharger that helped abstract 40 percent added ability from the 1.0-litre Ballila agent and a kit that additional Topolino top acceleration to over 100km/h.

By the late-1930s, Giorgio Ambrosini and son Renato were dabbling in car manufacturing. Their aboriginal efforts were predictably based on Fiat anatomy and with engines added by their own affability aids and bubble-like auto bodies. In 1937 came a Spider with 500cc Fiat ability and glassy bodywork by Zagato. War disconnected the activity but gave the Ambrosinis time to plan for a post-conflict ambit of sports and antagonism cars. However, afterwards the branch was destroyed by Allied bombers in 1943, the alone affair Siata was geared to accomplish anon afterwards Italy’s liberation was Moped engines.

| Bygone brands: Giocattolo

Two years afterwards the aggregation roared aback into automotive accomplishment at a corybantic pace. Virtually every coachbuilder in Italy was apprenticed to aftermath anatomy designs for a Siata ambit that had, by 1950, developed to about awkward proportions.

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Its aboriginal post-WWII artefact was a aberrant three-seat accessory with axial active position and a rear-mounted 750cc admixture agent of Siata’s own design. A scattering was reportedly produced but it seems that none survive.

More acknowledged was a front-engined architecture that active the pre-War ‘Amica’ archetypal name. This spaceframed sports car was advised centralized by Siata and the bodies produced by Bertone.

Considering the abolitionist shapes it had ahead entertained, Siata’s aboriginal angle at austere accomplishment was bourgeois in both actualization and design; powered by a 16kW Fiat 500C agent or Siata’s own assemblage with aloof 3kW more.

| Bygone brands: Marcos

The Daina ambit that accustomed in 1950 was beyond and absolutely added adult than any antecedent Siata. Based about the agent and anatomy of Fiat’s awkward 1400 sedan, this alternation included two-seat fastback coupes, convertibles and alike a low assembly base wagon.

With 50kW and a five-speed gearbox, 1400 Spiders offered a 138km/h top acceleration and survived until 1958. Some Siatas congenital during the 1950s were produced application the agent from the bootless Crosley ‘compact’ car and at atomic one was acclimatized to abode a Chrysler Hemi V8.

| Bygone Brands: Apollo

However, it was an eight-cylinder agent advised to ability a never-built affluence Fiat that animated Siata to the aerial heights of 1950s supercardom. Fiat’s 8V agent – so alleged because Fiat capital to abstain battle with Ford over its appellation – was appear at the 1952 Turin Motor Show. However, Siata had been acquainted of its actuality and followed anon with its own belvedere for the ‘narrow vee’ engine.

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Although beneath than 60 Siata S208s were congenital in the amplitude of three years, they came in a affluence of anatomy designs. At atomic three of Italy’s lesser-known houses congenital auto and open-top versions, while Bertone produced a scattering of conservatively-styled sports sedans.

Popularity in the US bazaar played a above role in Siata’s success. Distributors accoutrement the East and West Coasts were appointed; Tony Pompeo in New York and Ernie McAfee in Los Angeles. In 1953, McAfee entered a Siata in the asperous Panamericana alley chase but it comatose anon afterwards the start. In 1954, Siata boarded on addition brash and cash-sapping project. The Mitzi was a two-seat microcar and advised alone 419kg. It was congenital in Argentina as the Rycsa Mitzi B40, application a twin-cylinder Vespa engine.

As the ’60s approached, Siata’s fortunes connected to sag. There had been no new models back the brief 208 and sales of four-cylinder Dainas slowed as added avant-garde opponents accomplished the market.

Siata affiliated with Abarth in 1959 but this did little to accumulate the business animate until it could be reconstituted in 1961 as Siata Auto Turin aloft which the aggregation began development assignment on a new TS model.

Based on Fiat’s 1500 sedan, the TS had administration by Michelotti but could accept served as a downsized ancestor for the Frua-bodied Maserati Quattroporte. The car was congenital in Italy and at Fiat’s Heilbronn branch in West Germany. In 1964 the architecture was upgraded to absorb a beyond air assimilation and single, ellipsoidal headlights.

Siata’s final artefact was its best derided but additionally the brand’s alone bartering success. The 1967-release Spring was a strange-looking device, accumulation elements of early-’50s MG and an bed-making lath in its design. Its agent came from the Fiat 850 and top acceleration was a claimed 125km/h. The Spring was priced at US$1995 and acutely accepted in the US. Sales during three years of assembly totalled 3500 but a long-running bang at the Italian branch affected Renato Ambrosini to advertise assembly rights to the Spring and carelessness the motor industry. 

Owner – Robert Williams

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Robert Williams’ Siata Daina Spider is annihilation but a building piece. As apparent by the scrutineering stickers on its windscreen, the car consistently appears in North American celebrated contest and is busy in the appearance of a Carrera Panamericana alley race.

The car was delivered in 1952 and is possibly the Siata that accomplished third in that year’s Sebring 24-Hour race. It was amid by Williams on an Atlanta acclimated car lot in 1964 and resold by him in 1973.

The client adequate the car and seven years afterwards offered it afresh to Williams. Back that time it has competed at abounding celebrated contest and had its aboriginal 1.5-litre agent replaced by a later, added active Fiat motor.

However, Williams believes that it was brakes rather than anchor application that brought Siata its aggressive edge.

“The brakes are finned aluminium drums and massive for a car of 880kg,” he said. “If I captivated the anchor shoes adjoin those from a added avant-garde car they would be alert the amplitude and alert as thick.”

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