1952 S.I.A.T.A.-Chrysler 200CS

Coachwork by Bertone
Chassis number 0025
One of one

From "l'Automobile" magazine June 1952

S.I.A.T.A. (Societa Italiana Auto Transformazioni Accessori) designed this sensational chassis for John Perona (born Entrione Giovanni Perona) in Chiaverano, a Province of Turin, Italy. John had immigrated to the United States and in 1931 opened El Morocco, a speakeasy at 154 East 54th Street in New York City. After prohibition was repealed, the El Morocco became one of the hottest nightclubs in New York attracting society, politicians, and celebrities. John Perona was a big personality and wanted the most beautiful and powerful sports car on the boulevard, and he got his wish! The chassis of the car traveled the international car show circuit for a year before the aluminum body styled by Nuccio Bertone was fitted.

On the month of the current owners 16th birthday, the September, 1952 issue "Road & Track" magazine had this S.I.A.T.A. pictured in chassis with drive line only. It was his dream to own this car one day and in 1983 his dream finally came true. Since his purchase the car has been vintage raced at the 1985 and 1991 Monterey Historic Races, 1988 Walter Mitty Challenge, 1994 Waterford Hills Vintage Race, 1997 Nassau Vintage Speed Week, and the 1990 Colorado Grand. It has also been shown at the 1991 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, 1994 Waterford Hills Concours, 1994 Meadow Brook Concours, 1997 Nassau, and 1985 Walter Mitty Concours. The car was also featured in "Automobile Quarterly" Vol. 23, No.2, and "Classic and Sports Car", May 1997

This ad appeared in the March 1962 issue of "Road & Track" magazine, It would indicate that the drivetain was upgraded with a Chrysler 392 Hemi, Borg Warner T10 4 speed, and Devin SS positraction differential circa 1961. The "Road & Track" ad states Mexican Road Race, however, I have found no evidence that the car competed in the event.

Plexiglass windscreens are currently installed, the original taller glass windscreens are included.

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