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Year: 1953

Manufacturer: SIATA

Model: 200 CS

Country: United States

Owner(s):
Walter Eisenstark

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1953 SIATA 200 CS

One of only 11 bodied by Balbo – only seven of which are believed to still exist – this SIATA 200 CS is powered by the Fiat 8V engine. It was imported into New York by Italian car dealer Tony Pompeo in April 1954, and first owner, photographer Robert Grier, raced it at Floyd Bennett Field and ran it up the Keane Mountain Hill Climb. It went through a succession of owners, and in the mid- to late-1950s it was repainted in red from its original dark blue. By summer 1959 it was sitting on a used-car lot in
Queens, NY.

That was where the current owner’s father found it, and fell in love with it at first sight. The car has been in family ownership ever since. It has been used in various competitions and shows, winning numerous awards, and its mechanicals have been rebuilt wherever necessary. Over the years, various modifications were made to transform the model from a bare-bones racing car into a true GT – although most of these ‘comfort and convenience’ additions have since been removed to return it to its original spec.

The car received a bare-metal respray in 1966, and again in 1991 prior to an entry at the Pebble Beach Concours. Following an unfortunate road-traffic accident several years ago it has undergone a partial restoration, involving a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic overhaul. Now once again wearing its authentic blue paint, it proudly shows its patina of age, usage and unique family ownership, and continues to participate in vintage events and shows.

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