- May 18, 2010
eBay Find of the Day: Ex-McQueen 1958 Siata 208S is gorgeous
Steve McQueen's 1953 Siata 208S – Click above for high-res image gallery
We have a confession to make. We've been smitten with this car since first stumbling across it on Fantasy Junction earlier this year. The 1953 Siata 208S you see above is one of 35 ever created, and this particular example has an unmatched ownership pedigree. Its first owner was none other than Cool himself, Steve McQueen. If that's not enough to send your eyebrows to your hairline, have a listen to the little roadsters specs. Under the hood you'll find a Fiat 2.3-liter V8 that has been reworked to produce around 137 horsepower at the rear wheels. There's no word on how much the thing weighs, but we're guessing the figure is somewhere between packing peanuts and meringue. Pure. Driving. Joy.
The Siata was restored over eight years from 1991 to 1999, and the then-owner even went so far as to get FIA papers in order to participate in the Mille Miglia. As far as we can tell, the car never participated in the competition.
Now, here's the real kicker. The gorgeous little roadster is up for bid on eBay as you read this, complete with the cool Buy it Now price of $1.3 million. We can already hear the comments balking at the price tag, so let us put it you like this: Sure, you could buy a Bugatti Veyron for that price, but where's the class? Where's the style? If we had the cash, we'd have the Italian in a heartbeat, and we'd drive the doors off of it in honor of the man who knew life was for the living.
[Source: eBay Motors]