Siata 208S: V8 Sports Car That Looks Like a Mini Cobra
Founded in 1926, Societá Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori (SIATA) made a wide range of speed parts for Fiats to the unfortunate-looking Siata Spring in the late 1960s. What Siata is best remembered for, though, is the diminutive but beautifully proportioned sports cars of the 1950s. The 208S was perhaps the most notable of these. Its Fiat-derived 2.0-liter V8 was a rather small one, but it had an aluminum block and heads to keep it light. With its high compression and dual Weber carburetors it was able to make 132 horsepower and take the small car to an impressive top speed of 120 miles per hour. RELATED: See More Pictures of the Siata 208S Spyder
The bodywork of the 208S, meanwhile, was aluminum. The styling was clearly influenced by the Ferrari Barchettas of a few years earlier; cars that also heavily influenced the look of the AC Ace.
The Ace was the car that the Shelby Cobra was based on, which explains the Siata's uncanny resemblance to that famous Anglo-American racer. Speaking of racing, the Siata had an active career in its own right and was a worthy competitor in the smaller bore classes of US sports car racing in the 1950s.
RELATED: See Pictures of the 1955 Fiat 8V Zagato
Production of the 208S stopped when supplies of the Fiat V8s ran out in 1954. Although it was a gorgeous and popular car, it was a hard sell because it cost nearly as much to buy as many bigger, faster cars. Although it's not the most widely remembered car today, it certainly hasn't escaped the attention of collectors. Today, a good example of one of these little V8 sportscars can bring nearly a million dollars at auction.
RELATED: Rare Coupe that Inspired the Shelby Cobra Up for Auction
For More, Follow BoldRide on Twitter and Sign Up for our Newsletter