Siata Daina ... once again ... NOT "Diana" - Part 1
Here is a bare-bones listing of the cars that are known to exist. As an introduction, I will acknowledge that I've collected chassis number data on six additional Daina "coupe" that I tend to call "berlinetta" as the technical definition of a "coupe" includes the so-called "notchback" styling feature. I've also gathered some data on one additional cabriolet by chassis number and have many additional anecdotal snippets about dozens of additional cars that are described to varying degrees .... but not yet by chassis number.
It is important to acknowledge that, contrary to what many websites say or imply today, the chassis was not by Fiat but was a custom box-section design that was made by Siata. There is a chance that Siata used an outside supplier for some of the chassis production. The chassis was designed and built to allow the use of a large number of standard Fiat parts including the front cross-member that was bolted into place on both Siata Daina and the "parent" Fiat 1400.
The following cars are known to exist today. Some of the numbers listed are engines that are no longer with the original car and thus the car's original description is unknown. I am sure that there are more cars and engines remaining to be found and identified today.
SL*0102* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0121* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0139* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0158* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0168* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0170* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0172* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0177* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina (accidently omitted previously)
SL*0181* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0188* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0190* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0191* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0194* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0198* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0200* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0201*S berlinetta fuoriserie (perhaps Vignale?)
SL*0202* cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina
SL*0204* berlinetta Stabilimenti Farina
There are additional cars that are known today but which have not yet been identified as to chassis number.
There is also a Motto-bodied spider that appears to have been built on an early-type Daina chassis but the chassis number is not yet identified. It seems the chassis number was removed during an engine change. It was purchased a number of years ago by Peter Zobian but little is known of its history. Peter sold it and it went to Italy where it has been reported as bearing a chassis number that seems unlikely to be correct. Actually, it has been reported with three different chassis numbers over the years but two of those numbers seemingly cannot be correct for the chassis.
Sometime after chassis CSL*0204, production seems to have shifted to the Daina spider "Gran Sport" version, but it is possible that there was some overlap that is not yet revealed by the cars we know today. The earliest "Gran Sport" cars had platform chassis rather similar to the Daina cars in that the engine sat directly above the front cross-member that held the Fiat suspension in place.
SL*0208 spider Gran Sport
SL*0209 (engine only)
SL*0210 spider Gran Sport
SL*0211 spider Gran Sport
SL*0212 spider Gran Sport
SL*0214 spider Gran Sport
SL*0215 (engine only)
SL*0216 spider Gran Sport
SL*0217 spider Gran Sport
SL*0221 (engine only) ... may have been only an engine and no chassis?
After this point, there was a design change to the chassis, the most notable characteristic being that the engine was moved to rear a bit in order to help "balance" and handling characteristics. These cars were marked with a "B" suffix to the chassis number and later a "C" suffix whose meaning is yet to be revealed.
To be continued ...
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry
Last edited by iicarJohn; 12-18-2010 at 10:47 PM.
Reason: Added known cars to listing