Siata Berlina Prototype With Modern Concept (1953) – Unique in its own right, the SIATA Berlina Prototype epitomizes luxury touring as done by the best Italian style makers of the early 1950s. This Bertone-bodied Prototype was completed in October 1952 and shown that fall at the Paris Auto Show.
SIATA built approximately 50 cars in the early 1950s powered by FIAT’s 2-litre, 8-V motor. The vehicle is equipped with a 4-speed transmission and has independent suspension front and rear. The Berlina is built on a lengthened (8 inch) SIATA coupe chassis allowing adequate room for 4 adults and their luggage.
The vehicle was resold in 1955, driven for 3-4 years, and then it sat in storage for 30 years. During this storage, the vehicle suffered severe water damage when a snowstorm collapsed the roof of the storage warehouse.
This SIATA Berlina has now undergone a total restoration, returning the car to original in all respects. You are seeing the vehicle as it was shown in 1952-1953, original colors, et al. One very unusual aspect of the vehicle is its tires and wheels. These are the original un-restored 50+-year-old tires and wheels.
Siata Berlina Prototype has a design similar to the Spohn Convertible that we previously reviewed. Having a long hood with a blend of black and cream makes it look more luxurious.
Having two doors and can be filled by four people makes this car very family friendly. Inside the car also looks very luxurious with a leather wrap that covers all the seats.
One of the things we like the most is on the windshield that looks small but really fits the body of the car. Of course there is still much more value than this car, as a car made in 1953. This car has exceeded its time.