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1967 Siata Spring

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Thursday, 7 October - Saturday, 9 October 2021
$6600
Sale Price
No
Reserve
9 October 2021
Sold Date
S53
Lot Number
#3+
Recent restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 959721. White, gray and silver over gray vinyl with pattern cloth inserts. 843-cc Fiat four with single Weber carb, 4-speed, painted Borrani wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, wood dash, woodrim steering wheel.

Evaluation: Rare Siata Spring and the last model built by the company. Essentially just a Fiat with a retro body on top, it’s a far cry from the gorgeous Siata roadsters of the 1950s. Good paint but dull brightwork. The grille surround chrome is a little wavy. A little grubby underneath. Lightly worn seats. A cute enough little car that would make a neat beach cruiser and could fit into parking spaces that your VW Thing can’t.

Bottom Line: Sold at Bonhams’ “Quail” online sale last year for $6720. – Società Italiana Auto Trasformazione Accessori, aka SIATA, always borrowed heavily from the Fiat catalogue but built some of the most gorgeous small sports cars of the 1950s. Siata’s glory days were way behind it by the end of the 1960s, however, and the Spring was the final nail in the company’s coffin. Siata was bankrupt by 1970.

A silly thing with a pointlessly huge grille (the Spring is based on the Fiat 850, a rear-engined car), the Spring nevertheless appeals to people who love automotive eccentricities. And unlike some eccentric cars, the Spring is very affordable and prices aren’t much different than the Fiat it’s based on. This one sold at Bonhams’ “Quail” online auction last August for just $6720 and brought essentially the same price a year later.

by Andrew Newton
16 October 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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