Siata ST444BC

Overview

A recent Barn find for a car that was long forgotten.

  • Blue
  • Fiat
  • Year Model 1954
  • Motto Bodywork

History

This car was imported through Tony Pompeo. Ernst Ruffini purchased it new from Pompeo. It was air-freighted from NY to Cleveland. Tall glass windscreen and touring equipment. Ernst seemed to remember that Cumberland 5//55 was the first event he ran with the car. It then raced a few times from 1955 to 1956. The next owner had it raced until 1958. The car has recently resurfaced in an incredible Barn Find. Here is an exctact of the Haberty Article on the find (see in the links).

When you’ve got a lead on rare Italian royalty like a 1955 Siata 300 BC, however, you hustle—layers of ambiguity be damned. When the call came in, Levi Nolan and his brother Jesse, co-owners of Across the Pond, raced across town to the spot to investigate further.

“She [the owner] called it a 1955, and originally thought it was actually a 208S,” recollects Levi. “So I’m racing to the shop thinking it was a 208S too, like, ‘oh my gosh, Jesse, we’ve got to call this lady back right away ‘… You get a hundred calls a day for cars we don’t work on, so to get a [special] once-in-a-while call, it’s very exciting.”

Upon arrival, they soon realized that they were not dealing with the mother of all Siatas, a 208S, which would have meant a seven-figure sales tag. The 208S was a little sports car from a little Italian tuning company, but it made a big impression on the high-end automotive world when it arrived for 1953.

Ownership History

Owner Name and location Timeline and details
Ernst Ruffini, OH USA 1955 - 1957
Richard Brown, OH, USA 1958 - 1960
Bob ____, OH, USA 1960 - 2021
Elis Hubbard, USA 2021 - Current

Racing

Race Driver Racing number Result
SCCA National Offut
Offut AFB, May 15th 1955
Ernst Ruffini #87 21st, 5th in Class
Lawrencville Sports Car Race
Lawrencville, June 19th 1955
Ernst Ruffini #87 3rd in Class
Edenvale
Edenvale, Canada, August 13th 1955
Ernst Ruffini #87 N/A
Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen, NY, September 19th 1955
Ernst Ruffini #224 dns
SCCA Hagerstown
Fairchild, October 16th 1955
Ernst Ruffini #87 24th, 16th in class
SCCA National Cumberland
Cumberland, May 19th 1956
Ernst Ruffini #87 16th, 14th in class
1h of Dunkirk
Dunkirk, NY, June 6th, 1957
Richard (Dick) Brown #55 N/A
SCCA National Road America
Elkhart's Lake, WI, June 23rd, 1957
Richard (Dick) Brown #55 N/A
SCCA Regional Dunkirk
Dunkirk, June 1st, 1958
Richard (Dick) Brown #128 N/A

Auctions

Auction Date Price
No Auction for this car

Racing Liveries

Image Lawrencville 1955 - Ernst Ruffini
Image Dunkirk 1957 - Dick Brown
Image Current

Videos

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Interesting Links

The Barn Find Story of the Car by Hagerty Media / Bryan Gerould

Credits

Photo Credits by: Nicolas Jeannier - Arthomobile.fr | Blog Automobile Raphael Belly |  Cliff Reuter |  John and Jarl de Boer | Tony Adriaensens CorsaResearch | Strada e Corsa | Used with permission of various owner archives | Various undocumented web sources.
Other Credits: The Italian car Registry | Etceterini.com |  Bonhams | RM Sothebys