1969 Fiat Siata Spring 850

Highlights


  • Based upon the inimitable Fiat 850
  • Very original with no modifications so far as we or the vendor can see
  • Presented in very fine condition with all its weather equipment in good order


The Appeal


Retro styling remains a prominent movement even to this day and the Siata Spring was one of the first new cars that tried to look older than it really was. Based upon the mechanicals from the excellent Fiat 850, the Spring was to be the last offering from Italian sports car builder Siata who had been creating curious Fiat-based oddities since the end of the Second World War.

Here we have an incredibly smart and really original 1969 example that reportedly drives very well indeed. If this unusual ‘60s sports car appeals, seldom have we seen a more worthy specimen of the breed.



The History and Paperwork


  • Italian registration documents present
  • We’re informed that it has been stored indoors since new
  • The vendor reports that they have always serviced the car regularly
  • Supplied with two sets or registration plates
  • Largely original and complete
  • Reluctant sale



The Interior


  • Jolly yellow and black two tone upholstery
  • The vinyl seats present exceedingly well with practically no wear to report
  • The carpeting presents immensely well, displaying little indication of use
  • Complete with smart door trims which are also in fantastic shape
  • The veneered dashboard lends a vintage feel and presents really well
  • We love the Autovox radio which we’re informed was an original optional extra
  • It would appear that an analogue clock has been fitted at some point which
  • Features Siata branded instrumentation
  • Some light wear to the controls, but nothing excessive
  • The forward boot space is surprisingly practical and in great order
  • Overall, this is an exceedingly smart interior which is presented really nicely



The Exterior 


  • Yellow and black paintwork which was typical of this model
  • There are very few paint blemishes besides the odd tiny bubble and superficial mark
  • Distinctive neo-classic styling featuring a large grille and fenders
  • Straight bodywork with nice door fit and panel alignment
  • Factory correct bolt-on wire wheels which are in lovely order, with no corrosion which is quite unusual
  • Incredibly clean and tidy underneath with no corrosion or even dirt to be seen
  • Slight pitting to the door hinges but this is barely noticeable
  • The chromework is generally in really good shape
  • Unusually, this example retains all of its weather equipment which is in really good condition
  • There are no tears in the hood, the windows remain clear and we’re informed that it is watertight



The Mechanics 


  • Fiat 850 mechanicals
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Siata quoted a 78 mph / 125 kph top speed
  • Beautifully presented engine compartment
  • Reportedly serviced regularly
  • The vendor does not report any mechanical faults and informs us the car drives brilliantly



Summary


Above all else, the Siata Spring excels in making people smile and that alone is reason enough to buy one in our opinion. If you’re looking for a summer runabout, this would be a novel option.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Fiat
  • Model Siata Spring 850
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 61,680 Kilometres
  • Engine size 843
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Barletta
  • Location International
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
7 bids from 4 bidders
  • walsh.o•••• €6,500 05/02/23
  • Eliott €6,000 05/02/23
  • Leonard•••• €5,500 05/02/23
  • Eliott €5,000 04/02/23
  • walsh.o•••• €4,000 04/02/23
  • Eliott €3,000 03/02/23
  • Glennsh•••• €2,000 02/02/23

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