1952 Siata 208CS

1952 Siata 208CS

1952 Siata 208CS

Using Fiat’s Otto Vù engine and chassis with a unique coupe body, this was Siata’s answer to events like the Mille Miglia. Before the 208CS, Societa Italianà Applicazioni Techniche Automobilistiche had built up quite a reputation building racing parts for Fiat and even making whole new cars from Fiat components. When Fiat’s, Otto Vù (8V) came it was a natural choice for a Siata’s new car.

Fiat used Siata to help develop the Otto Vù prototypes. They were centered around a unique 70 degree engine designed by Dante Giacosa. After those were finished, Siata hired Rudolph Hruska to make their own chassis around the Otto Vù engine. The resulting chassis was shorter and used a short drive shaft. Six to ten of these chassis were built, which used curved chassis rails. The arrangement allowed for an especially low driving position and low overall height.

The first car, chassis CS052, was prepared for the upcoming Torino Auto Show. Stabilimenti Farina designed and executed the body which was exceptionally low. The design used retractable headlights, a wrap around windshield and small side windows. In 1953 Stabilimenti Farina closed so Balbo completed the subsequent Coupes to the same design.

The car debuted at the Turin Auto Show in April. Not long thereafter, three identical Coupes entered the Mille Miglia. Two retired, but the remaining car driven by Franco Rol and Gino Munaron finished 11th overall, behind the Ferrari and Lancia in the same class.

In Detail

type Racing Car
released at 1952 Turin Motor Show
built at Turin, Italy
coachbuilder Stabilimenti Farina
engineers Rudolph Hruska
production 6
engine Fiat Tipo 106 Otto Vù V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
fuel feed Weber 36 DCZ3 Carburetors
engine designer Dante Giacosa
body / frame Aluminum over Steel Tube Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Borrani Steel Wire Wheels
front tires 165×400 Michelin X
rear tires 165×400 Michelin X
front brakes Aluminum Alloy Drums
rear brakes Aluminum Alloy Drums
wheelbase 2350 mm / 92.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual

Auction Sales History

1953 Siata 208 CS Berlinetta CS073 – sold for $605,000 A Rare and Sophisticated Italian Sports Car. Exceptionally Advanced Engineering and Design. One of Only Nine Balbo-Bodied Examples Built. Known US Resident Since the 1960s. One Owner for the Past 25 Years. Featured in Tony Adriaensens’s Otto Vu. Recently Restored and Prepared for Touring. An Exciting and Distinctive Entry for Driving Events and Concours.
Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company

,1952 SIATA 208CS Berlinetta Chassis no. SC 052 – did not sell for $1,200,000

1952 Mille Miglia raced by Tullini / L. Rossi. Not only a historic car, but now a fully restored work of art ready for race or show, CS052 is an outstanding example of the finest Italian engineering and coach building of the post war era. This car is sure to be a show stopper, ready for The Quail, Monterey Historics, the Mille Miglia or the Colorado Grand. Its beauty, rarity, performance and period racing history assure that it will be a welcome participant in pretty much any event, tour or historic race its owner might want to attend.
Auction Source: 2009 Bonhams Exceptional Motorcars at Quail Lodge Resort