OK. You asked for it.
A couple of years ago I got the note below from an aficionado of the marque.
I found this great photo in Jay's albums when I was down at his place in Brattleboro for Thanksgiving.
Saw your note online with the photo of your father's Siata-Chrysler and thought you might be interested in seeing the attached file of the car's history, as I've been able to collect it thus far. If you can add any details, anything at all, please do so. I'm particularly curious as to how he came to own the car, i.e. from whom, when, etc.
The propaganda below will help explain my interest ... in addition to the fact that I own three Siatas from the same time period ... and my father several more.
I'll try to locate a couple of more recent photos of your father's car, but it will have to wait until I return from a 2 week trip.
Thanks for posting the photo somewhere where I could find it and you. Anything more you might remember would be of interest. Any other photos?
Call for Italian car information!
I am still working in earnest on a new edition of the Italian Car Registry, starting with a volume on "A" cars (Abarth, AC (Frua, Zagato, etc.), Alfa Romeo, Allemano, Ansaldo, Arnolt MG, Arnolt Bristol, ASA, Aston Martin (Allemano, Bertone Touring, Zagato), Atlas/Allied, ATS, Aurea, Autobianchi, etc.). This edition will be greatly expanded from the 1994 edition, adding photos, text and much more information about the histories of most of the cars.
There is a huge increase in the information I've collected about Abarth, Alfa Romeo, and Arnolt cars in particular. I am also sharing more detailed information about each car (when that information is known) than that which appeared in the 1994 edition.
The "A" volume will be followed by a volume on "B thru E" cars covering Balbo, Bandini, Bertone, Benetton, Bianchi, Bizzarrini, BMS, BMW (Italian bodies), Boano, Boneschi, Borsani, Branca, Brianza, Bristol (Italian bodied), Brixia, Cadillac (Italian bodies), Castagna, Ceirano, Chevrolet (Italian bodied), Chiribiri, Chrysler (Italian bodies), Cisitalia, Colli, Conrero, Cooper (Italian engines), Crepaldi, Cunningham, Dagrada, De Sanctis, De Tomaso, Diatto, Dolphin (Italian engines), Dual Ghia, Ellena, Ermini, etc.
Then the "F" car volume (primarily Ferrari & Fiat, but also Fissore, Fontana, Francis Lombardi, Frua, and more).
The following volumes will cover the rest, from G thru Z (Galassi thru Zust).
I would be pleased to add information on your Italian and Italian coachbuilt car(s).
The most important information to send / l'informazione piu importante da mandare:
Marque name / nome della marca _________________________________
Model name or type / nome modello oppure tipo _____________________
Chassis number / numero telaio __________________________________
Engine number / numero motore __________________________ (originale o non originale?)
Body style / stilo carrozzeria (berlina / coupe / spider / convertibile / torpedo /____________)
Bodybuilder / carrozzeria ___________________________________
Body number (if applicable) / numero della carrozzeria (se fu utilizzata) _________________ (coachbuilders who used numbering systems include: Alfa Romeo, Allemano, Bertone, Frua, Ghia, Motto (some cars), Pinin Farina (later: Pininfarina), Sala, Speciali (Fiat), Stabilimenti Farina, Touring, some Vignale, Viotti, Zagato and probably others)
History (date of production, owners' names & years owned, license plates used, colors, etc.) Storia (data produzione/Certificato di Origine, nomi dei proprietari, targhe, colori, ecc.)
Thank you. Grazie!
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry 28 Oakwood Road Orinda, CA 94563-3440 USA
website under construction at www.iicar.com