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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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