Originally Posted by Vintautomobilia
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,
My father purchased SL 0244 from you in 1968 missing the original motor, but with, I believe, motor # SL 0242. We picked it up in Lansing over Thanksgiving weekend. I am not sure of the timing, but he sold it back to you with a 1438 twin cam in it at the same time as the 1900 Alfas (1987?) He misplaced the title and had to get a duplicate. I know the serial number as the original title was found a few years later.
The 1400 motor went, sometime in the 70s, to one of my father's contacts who had a Diana coupe and possibly 208. For some reason I think it was shipped to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
With the knowledge base, I may be way off and there were probably more than one 1400 fitted with a Ford 289, but the car at the beginning of this thread looks alot like the car that was in the original Love Bug. I saw the car in ~1970 in the LA area and remember the motor installation was clean, at least for the time, and it had the shorter windshield.