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1953 Siata 208 S Spyder / BS 514 Vehicle Information

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

1953 Siata 208 S photograph

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Sold for $1,567,500 at 2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
This Siata 208S (chassis number BS514) was first imported into the United States in 1953 by Pebble Beach Road Race participant and European sports car dealer Ernie McAfee. His Los Angeles company bought 25 of the 35 Siatas built. Although they were expensive cars in their day, Siatas were renowned for their advanced suspension and crisp handling. They always performed well at races like the Carrera Panamericana and at circuits like Riverside and Laguna Seca. The 208S had a 2-liter Fiat V8 engine and fully independent suspension, and the bodywork was designed by Rocco Motto. This small Italian design house bodied a limited number of racing cars from a variety of manufacturers, combining elegance with light weight.
Sold for $1,567,500 at 2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
Siata was a Turin, Italy, based company that primarily manufactured parts for Fiat and other makes. It later became a vehicle manufacturer, typically using a modified Fiat drivetrain and chassis as the basis for its sports cars. Several of the cars were successfully raced in America. The 208 came about largely because Siata was able to buy 56 Fiat 2.0-liter V8 engines, of which the company produced another 114 for its own short lived and ill-fated sports car, the Otto Vu.

Built on a trim 90-inch wheelbase, the 208 is topped by an alloy body and no-frills cockpit; its design is generally attributed to Giovanni Michelotti. The modest one-ton weight combined with the 105 horsepower engine provided excellent performance. A box-section chassis, all-independent suspension featuring coil springs and double wishbones at all four corners and aluminum disc brakes added to the performance capabilities of the car. Priced at $5,300, this was quite the Hollywood status symbol when only. Only 35 were produced between 1953 and 1955.

The original owner possessed this vehicle from 1955 through 1965 when it was sold to the current owner. It was then sold to a Los Angeles car enthusiast Dale Koppe. While in his care, Barry Silverman discovered the car and made inquires about purchasing it over a period of 16 years. Silverman purchased the car in 1978 and raced it a Willow Springs, Laguna Seca and Riverside.

The Blackhawk Collection acquired the Siata where it was displayed in a museum for 7 years.

The vehicle then changed hands a number of times before being re-restored.

The current owners acquired the car in March of 2016. This vehicle is powered by a 1997 cc V8 engine developing 125 horsepower.


2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,567,500

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 SIATA 208S SPORTS TWO SEATER
Chassis#: BS 509
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1953 Siata 208 S image  1953 Siata 208 S image  
1953 Siata 208 S Spider
Chassis#: BS 514
Sold for USD$1,567,500
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1953 Siata 208 S image  1953 Siata 208 S image  
1953 Siata 208S Spyder
Chassis#: BS523
Sold for USD$946,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1953 Siata 208 S image  1953 Siata 208 S image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Siata 208 S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Siata 208S SpyderBS5092014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$1,000,000  
1953 SIATA 208S BarchettaBS 5352009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $700,000$750,000

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1953 Siata 208 S vehicle thumbnail image  1953 Siata 208 S vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1952 Cabriolet Speciale
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 208SL 1006613
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1952 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis Num: BS526

Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1952 Spider
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: CS054
Engine Num: SC005
Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1952 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: CS507L
Engine Num: CS023

Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1952 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Farina
Chassis Num: SC 052
Engine Num: CS 007
Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1953 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Balbo

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Farina

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis Num: BS 513
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS 514
Engine Num: BS 071

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis Num: BS 514
Engine Num: BS 071
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS506

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS509
Engine Num: BS073
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS523

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1953 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS528
Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1953 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Balbo
Chassis Num: CS069
Engine Num: CS074

Chassis information for the Siata 208CS
1953 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Balbo
Chassis Num: CS073

Chassis information for the Siata 208 SC
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Balbo
Chassis Num: CS061
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1955 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto

Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1955 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: BS535
Chassis information for the Siata 208 S
1957 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis Num: BS518
Engine Num: BS078

1953 Siata 208 S

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