How many Gran Sports have you had?
I have a note that you owned SL*0244*B as of around 1968. The engine, originally SL*0244*B, is not known for that car. It went, perhaps through Rick Cole, to Paul Sackron, was fitted with Fiat 124 engine, and then went through some other hands before going to Germany and then more recently France.
I have an idea that SL*0217 was yellow when it turned up in the 1970's but will have to check that. It also received a Fiat 124 for a while.
Do you remember when and where you sold the Volvo-engined car? Do you remember which engine (B16 or B18) ... and was it dry-sumped?
All the best.
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry
I apologize, I should know better than making any statement that a Siata (or any limited production Italian car from a small company) has to be a particular way to be correct. I better than most, certainly know that differences can exist from car to car, especially in the "etceterinis" we have loved for so many years.
To answer your question, I have owned 6 or 7 Siata Daina cars. One Daina 1400 berlinetta, one Daina 1800 berlinetta (which I still own), and four or five Gran Sports. These include at least three early chassis cars (one of which was a one-off Motto aluminum bodied spider, and two later chassis Gran Sports. You are correct, I did own SL*0244B*, but I think it was later than 1968 - after I moved to California in 1978.
I sold the yellow Gran Sport with the Volvo motor while I still lived in the East Lansing, Michigan area - sometime in the mid-1960's I think. I can't remember if it was a B16 or B18, and I don't remember it as being dry sumped. I can't remember who I sold it to - I was a college student then and also owned a sports car garage, so a lot of cars came and went.
As for current prices, a dealer in the Netherlands has a Gran Sport now that needs to be restored - the body work appears to be done - and he has it priced at 88,000 Euros - about $137,000 at today's rate of exchange. I think the day of the $80K Siata Daina Gran Sport may be limited. Of course, if one has enough money, one could spend $1.4 million for a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible. I would not!
I loved my Siata cars, and I'm sorry I never had enough money to keep them all.
All the best,