- The SIATA Company had quite a lengthy existence from 1926 to the closing of its doors in 1970 due to bankruptcy. "SocIata Auto Transformazioni Accessori" translated into English means "Italian Car Transformation Accessories Company".
It began when Italian amateur race car driver Giorgio Ambrosini started to manufacture engine tuning parts and accessories for Fiat.
After the Second World War, he branched out and began building his own sports cars, which also used the Siata name. The first model was the 1948 Siata Amica, a two-seater convertible or coupe with a 22-horsepower 500cc Fiat engine, or if you wanted three more horsepower you could order a 750cc model.
Amica production ceased in 1952 when Siata introduced the 300BC Barchetta Sport Spider designed by Mario Revelli de Beaumont and built by Nuccio Bertone and Rocco Motto. Approximately 40 were built, fitted with either a 750cc Fiat or 1,100cc Crosley engine.
In 1953 Siata went using Fiat's 2.0-litre V8 engine. Steve McQueen ordered one from the Los Angeles dealer. McQueen called it his "Little Ferrari."
ORSA (Officina Realizzazioni Sarde Automobili) tried to revive Siata but sales of sport cars in Italy suffered as result of the 1973 oil crisis, causing ORSA to close in 1975.
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