Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1953 Siata 208S Spyder

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Mar 27, 2019 | On Show

Up until 1948, Siata was focused on providing performance parts for Fiats, and they began to develop cars of their own after World War II. The 208S model, fitted with a V-8 from the canceled Fiat 8V, was unveiled in 1953, and it represented a new level of performance and desirability for Siata.

The production of the 208S began in 1953 and lasted until 1955, during which only 35 examples of the car were built, with two of them being the Bertone prototypes. The car was fitted with a lightweight aluminum “spyder” body designed by the renowned Giovanni Michelotti and built by Rocco Motto, an Italian coachbuilding company.

The 208S model became more widely known when famed race car driver and actor Steve McQueen bought an example and proceeded to add Ferrari emblems to the car, naming it his “Little Ferrari.” The example seen here at Amelia Island currently resides in the BHA Automobile Museum in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

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