As Found Classic Number Twenty
Carl Goodwin on a Siata find that needs your help
In his great book on Siata cars, and especially the 8V model, author Tony Andriaensens includes even the remains of a derelict 208 Spyder. That’s the one that John Dunham and a motorcyclist friend found in Tijuana, Mexico. It is Siata serial number BS 527.
It could have been taken to the scrap yard and sold for the value of the aluminum body, but John and his friend found it first. And now, thanks to this fortuitous event, the car will be saved. In fact it is being saved.
After its discovery and being towed back to Colorado, it sat in an industrial building that John owns. Then he decided to get going on the project and he interviewed a number of restoration shops, finally settling on the Tin Element in Loveland, Colorado. Here you will find the same bunch of dedicated craftsmen who built the replica Porsche Abarth that knocked people out at the Porsche West Coast Holiday with its outstanding aluminum work.
And so the car, with a bunch of reference material went up to the shop and they have been steadily working on it ever since.
Completion is nearing and Dunham is still looking for an original 8V engine to power the car. Even parts of one would do. Failing that, he plans to install a 2-liter Alfa Romeo and matching 5-speed transmission to get around while searching for an 8V.
If you know of one, please contact Pete Vack at VeloceToday, email@example.com. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this interesting car.