SMITH SPECIAL

THE SIATA SMITH SPECIAL

My Siata Smith Special was found under a waterproof sheet in the front garden of a house in Port Talbot South Wales on July 1995. It is believed to be the only surviving Smith special.

The car was in extremely poor condition having hardly any floor or sill area that could be saved; even the transmission tunnel was rotten.

Restoration is at a snails pace, although now 60% completed much work has still to be done.

The Smith special was converted at Sydney Smith garages Ltd of Purley way, Purley Surrey. They were marketed in 1938 and sold for 153.10s

I have yet to find out the exact number that were produced but have been told that it was approximately 20. The o.h.v Siata engine was sadly missing from my car but I have rebuilt and fitted an o.h.v. 500c engine. This is fully rebuilt with all new parts. The bottom end is fully lightened and balanced.

Any information on this car would be gratefully received. Please e-mail me info@topolino.org.uk

 

Some rust evident in sills and floors!

New floor pans

Rear end repairs

Daughter coating sandblasted shell with rust proofer

New doors made, ash frames with aluminium skins

Preparing door ends for aluminium covers

Trial fit of panels

Shell in two pack primer and black stonechip

Ten coats of red cellulose

Body back on chassis

First wing fitted

TO BE CONTINUED