My Car Quest

September 28, 2020

Steve McQueen’s Siata (1953 Siata 208-S)

by Mike – 

Yes, Steve McQueen owned this Siata. The Siata 208-S was designed by Michelotti and hand-built by Bertone in 1953, utilizing the Fiat V8 2 liter engine and 4 speed transmission. The engine in this Siata has been enlarged to 2.3 liters and produces 137 hp.

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

This car, BS-523, was acquired by Steve McQueen in the mid to late 1950s. Approximately 35 of the Siata Spiders were built, with most being delivered to the US West Coast.

Siata 208-S

Tony Singer, below, has owned this wonderful car since 2000.

Siata 208-S

The stunning clean design provided many styling cues seen in later cars like the AC Ace which later became the AC Cobra (look at the front of the Siata you will see the beginning of the AC Cobra style).

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

This car is a show winner (shown at Pebble Beach twice, won “Best Italian Car” at the 2001 Concours on Rodeo in Beverly Hills), was restored by an expert and was originally gun-metal grey. This special car was at the Cars of Steve McQueen exhibition at The Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles.

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

A rare set of Heuer instruments, watch and stop-watch.

Siata 208-S

This Siata is an immediate accepted entry into any world-class driving event from the Mille Miglia to the Colorado Grand or California Mille, and would be welcome at any concours event.

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S

Click on the images for a larger view.

This Siata was featured in Octane Magazine in May 2009: “In many ways the Siata is a better car than an XK120, 342 America or even a Cal Spider because of it’s superior balance, refinement and agility.” Winston Goodfellow.

This Siata 208-S has now been sold.

The pictures below are by Winston Goodfellow.

Siata 208-S

Siata 208-S


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