1952 Siata Berlina Prototype Bertone 2-Door CoupeSOLD

Beautifully Restored Show Winner with Known History from New

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Creme and Blue with Beige Interior

First shown at the Paris Auto Show in October 1952, then with 2 other Siatas at the New York International Motor Sports Show in April 1953, the car was sold in Chicago in 1953. Resold in 1955 to Roy Thoressen of Burnsville, MN, who drove the car for 3 or 4 years and then put the Berlina away. In storage for 30 years (29 dry), it was severely water damaged when a snow storm collapsed the roof of the warehouse. The car was sold in 1989 and changed hands 3 times quickly before finally residing in Stamford, CT. The curren owner bought the Berlina in January of 1993 in the same condition as when sold in 1989.

After acquiring the car, the owner first addressed the interior. Upon removing the interior, the owner found still wet rodent nests in the rear inner wheel wells. After letting the interior dry for several months, they re-glued the door panels, re-colored the interior as close to original as possible, then re-fitted the interior.

Between 1988 & 1993 numerous unsuccessful attempts to get the car running were made. Several fuel pumps were tried before the owner achieved success. Once accomplished, the battery polarity was corrected and the car started. The oil and radiator hoses were replaced, the valves adjusted, and then the car was driven to Lime Rock for the Labor Day car show. Not too bad for a car that sat for over 30 years. The car was used for a number of years in cleaned un-restored condition participating in vintage rallies and shows.

The SIATA Berlina has now undergone a total restoration, returning the car to original in all respects. Prior to restoration, water damage not with standing, the car was 99%+ complete, missing only minor bits and pieces. You are seeing the Berlina as it was shown in 1952-1953 original colors. One very unusual aspect of the Berlina is its tires and wheels. Though it would have been easy to fit new or restored wheels and new tires it is truly rare to see a 50+ year old car on its ORIGINAL TIRES and WHEELS.



Restoration by: WILLS GARAGE Bob Williams
Oakdale, PA

Motor by: Walt Spak
Pittsburgh, PA

Interior by: Tom Pearce
Oakdale, PA

Reference Number 849

as of 6/11/2006

Overview
Car 1952 Siata Berlina Prototype Bertone 2-Door Coupe
VIN CS057L 
Exterior / Interior Color Creme and Blue /      Beige  
Options Exterior: Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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