Siata ST403BC

Overview

Chassis ST*403*BC was the third 300BC produced. The original owner, Henry Wessells Ill, purchased the car for $3642 on June, 1st 1952 from Otto linton of Speed Craft Enterprises. ST*403*BC has the distinction of being the first car in which young Henry Wessells Ill competed. Henry later became a founding member of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and helped create Alfa Romeo Owner's Club in the United States. ln 1952 Henry competed with the SIATA at Giants' Despair, Convair, Thompson, and Watkins Glen. lt turned out the 1952 Queen Catharine Cup at Watkins Glen where Henry finished 2nd in his class would be the last completed race on the streets of Watkins Glen.

  • Red Livery
  • Crosley-Powered
  • Year Model 1952
  • Bertone Bodywork

History

The car was always driven to the races and never transported via a trailer. ln fact, Henry's good friend, James Carson, drove the car in early March of 1953 from Ardmore, PA to Sebring, FL only to have the car miss the races due to a poor bearing that was discovered upon arrival. Instead Henry raced with Tom Scatchard in his 300BC, ST*402*BC to finish Sebring 3rd in their class. Scatchard's and Wessells' SIATAs were "sister" cars both purchased on the same day from Otto Linton and often raced together. Before being sold to its second owner, Herbert Whiting, ST*403*BC went on to be raced by James Carson in the 1953 Queen Catharine Cup at Watkins Glen new track where Jim finished 2nd in his class.

Ownership History

Owner Name and location Timeline and details
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Henry Wessels III 1952 - 1954
Herbert Whiting of Cleveland, OH 1954 - 1959
Kaye M. Hier of Stow, OH 1959 - 1961.
Mr. Hier frequently raced the car at Put-ln-Bay, Watkins Glen and Cumberland until 1961.
J.D. lgleheart of NY 1962 - 2010.
The car was raced in many VSCCA events during the 60s, 70s and 80s. With the exception of being shown at the 2008 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, the car was unused for the last 20 years
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Mark Bean and Jim Utaski 2010 - 2015.
The car was restored to original specs
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Scott Cielewich 2015 to today

Racing

Race Driver Racing number Result
Duryea Hill Climb
Reading, June 15th 1952
Henry Wessels III #170 4th in Class
Giant's Despair Hill Climb
July 7th 1952
Henry Wessels III #15 3rd in Class
Convair Trophy Races
1952
Henry Wessels III n.a. n.a.
European Road Races at Thompson
August 17th 1952
Henry Wessels III n.a. 6th overall
Queen Catharine Cup at Watkins Glen
September 19th 1952
Henry Wessels III #69 2nd in Class
Watkins Glen
1953
Jim Carson #81 2nd in class
Watkins Glen
September 22nd 1961
Kaye M. Hier #220 18th Overall

Auctions

Auction Date Price
Bonhams Monterey, Quail Lodge Auction
Lot N°. 53
August 14, 2015 € 280,639
sold
The Finest Automobile Auctions, Hershey
Lot N°. 132
June 11, 2016 € 291,931
sold

Racing Liveries

Image June 15th 1952 - Duryea Hillclimb in Reading
Image July 7th 1952 Brynfan Tyddyn Hill Climb
Image August 17th 1952 Thompson
Image September 19th 1952 Watkins Glen Road Racesb
Image Watkins Glen 1953
Image Watkins Glen 1961
Image Marlboro 1961

Interesting Links

The restoration history of the Car by Automotive Restorations Inc.

Credits

Photo Credits by: Stanford Revs Library | K. Ludvigsen |  Cliff Reuter |  John and Jarl de Boer | Tony Adriaensens CorsaResearch | Joel Driskill | Mark Bean | Used with permission of various owner archives | Various undocumented web sources.
Other Credits: The Italian car Registry | Etceterini.com |  Bonhams | RM Sothebys