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Lot 270: Siata Daina Cabriolet

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

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 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. SIATA's Daina model of the early 1950s was based on the FIAT 1400 and built in both Cabriolet 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. This rare SIATA Daina cabriolet was restored approximately five years ago. The aluminium body finished in light green metallic while the interior is trimmed in beige leather with matching hood. Only some 2,500 kilometres have been covered since the restoration's completion. Exclusive and delightful, the car is offered with Italian libretto, ASI Targa Oro and Registro FIAT homologation papers.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number270
Estimate€115000-€145000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberSL 0168
Engine numberSL 0168
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2