Siata 208S

November 1, 2010

An avid fan of vintage sports cars, Elliot Dolin regularly participates in car shows around the country. Elliot Dolin has gained significant recognition for his 1953 Siata 208S Spider Motto Roadster. Siata stands for Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori, which means Italian Society Car Transformations Accessories. Giorgio Ambrosini founded Siata in 1926, at which time it focused on custom tuning and installing various modifications on Fiats. In 1949, Siata released its first proprietary vehicle, the Siata Amica. The following year, Siata began producing the Siata Daina and, two years later, the firm unveiled another vehicle, the Siata 300BC Barchetta Sport Spider. Siata first manufactured the 208S in 1953. The company built only 56 of the 208S versions during the course of two years. Siata also constructed the Spring model from 1967 until 1975, when ORSA bought the Siata name and manufacturing rights. The Siata 208S Spider employed Fiat’s two-liter V8 engine, which Siata helped design. The engine utilizes an aluminum block and aluminum heads to reduce weight with wedged combustion chambers to create maximum power without any form of forced induction. Using 2 Weber carburetors, it achieved a 7.5 to 1 compression ratio, making a base 110 horsepower. The Siata 208S Spider easily reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour, an impressive feat for the naturally aspirated cars in the early 1950s. The company constructed only an estimated 35 Motto Spiders using the Siata 208S chassis. Elliot Dolin’s vehicle remains one of the most impressive examples of the Siata 208S, combining gorgeous aerodynamic lines with one of the decade’s fastest Italian engines.