1969 Fiat Siata Spring

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  1. Huey

    Huey True Classic

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  2. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

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    That Siata has been on CL for at least a year. It doesn't look too bad. Even the underneath shots are not too scary. I have seat covers for an 850 if you take the leap Huey.

    BTW.... I think the electric car(?) next to it is more interesting. :)
     
  3. RJ80

    RJ80 True Classic

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    Siata Springs remind me too much of VW-based MG T-series kit cars, I never understood the point. I'd take an 850 Spider any day of the week.
     
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  4. MikeHynes

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    Why in the world would anyone think the Spring was an improvement over the 850 - a very attractive car? I couldn't imagine, so I looked at Wikipedia.
    This is what I found -
    "In 1968, after a detailed market research among Italian youth, Siata launched the Siata Spring, a sports car based on parts from Fiat 850, with a front end styled by Enrico Fumia in 1966.[4] The Siata Spring was produced until 1970, when Siata went bankrupt,..."
    Maybe everyone in Italy was on drugs in 1968? Who did the research? Enrico Fumia must have been joking?
     
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  5. Huey

    Huey True Classic

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    I like rare, unusual, and oddball cars.
     
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  6. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Me too.
     
  7. carl

    carl True Classic

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    You two pretty much define the typical X owner!
     
  8. RJ80

    RJ80 True Classic

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    I wouldn't have owned three old Fiats and a Lancia were that not the case, but the Spring is just a little too far out there for me is all. Like the answer to a question nobody asked. I'm sure there are plenty of folks who love them, thank goodness.
     
  9. gene cooley

    gene cooley Autocrosser

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    Is the red car a Tesla prototype?
     
  10. Tom Ginefra

    Tom Ginefra True Classic

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    LOL
     
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  11. Dr.Jeff

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    Can't be, it isn't nearly ugly enough. :p
     
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  12. ghostdancing

    ghostdancing True Classic

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    in the late '60s started the interest for vintage\historic cars..so the '30s style was an appeal factor, see also the 500 gamine vignale for example
     
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  13. dragonsgate

    dragonsgate True Classic

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    At first glance I want to say the red car is a Corbin Sparrow but can't find any pictures of that design.
    if it is a Corbin then it might be an early proto type.
    The Corbin electrics later became Meyers electrics and are more jelly bean shaped.
    It could be a gas powered kit car.
     
  14. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

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    OK, I did a little Google image searching. Apparently, this car is a "HM Vehicles Free-Way". It is gas (12hp) or electric (4hp) powered.
     
  15. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    I remember the Corbin Sparrow, from the company that makes motorcycle seats. Same style headlight but I seem to recall it was more rounded/smoother lines/aerodynamic overall?

    And Jim is the winner - exact same design comes up under the HM Vehicles name.
     
  16. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Give the Siata a 32 Ford hotrod look, maybe a baby highboy.
     
  17. Dr.Jeff

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    It would also make a great parade car, with a bunch of dwarf clowns in it.
     
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  18. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    These are examples of the VW kit car you are referring to:
    1952-mg-td-kit-car-on-1966-vw-bug-chassis-3.jpg allen-tgsports55.jpg

    Or how about this one:
    VWBeetleRR-Kijiji2sep2017-1.jpg 15a585bc260d5e9a44ddd3deab314b2c.jpg
    It also reminds me of the Siata
     
  19. Jefco

    Jefco Daily Driver

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    I've always liked the '40 Ford' Beetle nose; this one really worked over.
    Z-4Large[1].jpg
    This one is just...something. The Samba?
    thesamba-e1487486464745[1].jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019 at 3:36 AM
  20. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    There have been so many weird kits for the old VW bug chassis. For a period thought the 70's and 80's they were coming up with every imaginable concept. The body mods like '40 Ford or pho Porsche were one thing, but the complete rebodies - where the VW pan was altered and an entire new body shell mounted - were a whole different game. I guess the Fierro was the "modern" replacement for the VW in the kit car world. Now they like to make the distinction of "recreation" rather than "kit car", but it's the same old crap.
     

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