A Small Siata Story
An American road racing competitor from the early days of SCCA racing restored to it’s original configuration.
Henry Wessells III and his new Siata 300BC, Bryn Mawr, PA circa summer 1952
Mr. Wessells on the road to Watkins Glen in September of 1952. Those were indeed the days when competitors drove their cars to the races!
Racing at the SCCA Watkins Glen event October 1952, Wessells at the wheel.
October 1953 finds Henry and Siata #403 back at the Glen for another go.
Down to the basics with interior areas media blasted and body ready for restoration. Original clues abound on this very sound and never “badly bashed” race machine.
Metalwork to put things right and as they were in 1952.
Body shell restoration and recreation to be as it was when henry raced it.
Body shell perfected with some metal work then prime coats and onto paint.
Interior and a raft of small details to attend.
Component rebuilding and creation.
Assembly and 403 gets a new wiring harness in cloth to original codes of course.
Assembly of the painted shell then first test on a winter morning.
The Proud Owners, Jim with Mark at the wheel take their first ride.
Sebring, Florida just before the 12 hours: Otto Linton center, Son Roger right & Mark with Siata in the museum, Otto on track for a curtain raiser lap. Sebring & 403 1953 lower left.