Diatto Sports

1919 Diatto Tipo 4DA Sports

Offered by Bonhams | Oxford, U.K. | December 7, 2014

Photo - Bonhams

Photo – Bonhams

Guglielmo Diatto was a carriage maker in Turin, founding his company in 1835. He served a range of wealthy clientele. It was Guglielmo’s grandsons who saw what the automobile offered their business and they began building Clement-Bayards under license in 1905. By 1909 they were designing their own cars.

Europe saw a massive disruption of automobile production between 1914 and 1919 due to the Great War, but for some companies, production was able to resume quickly upon war’s end in 1919. Diatto was among these swift companies and they introduced the Tipo 4DA that year. It uses a 2.7-liter straight-four making 25 horsepower.

This particular car was delivered new to Australia and bodied locally. By 1940, the car had been disassembled and boxed up. It wasn’t  until 1990 that it was sent to England and put back together and restored. It’s a nice, sporty car from the teens that is great for hillclimbs. It should sell for between $39,000-$47,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.

Update: Sold $45,096.

Diatto Tourer

1927 Diatto Tipo 20A Tourer

Offered by Bonhams | Oxford, U.K. | June 7, 2014

Photo - Bonhams

Photo – Bonhams

Diatto began life in the first half of the 1800s building carriages. In the 1870s, they entered the railway carriage business and by 1905, automobiles had come to market. The car business started as Diatto-Clement, building Clement-Bayard cars under license in Turin. It wasn’t until 1909 that their own designs went on sale.

After World War I, Diatto turned upmarket and began selling very nice, innovative cars. The new-for-’22 Tipo 20 was the most-popular car they built. It uses a 2.0-liter straight-four making 40 horsepower. The model names were shaken up when a short-wheelbase Tipo 20S was introduced, meaning the original wheelbase version was renamed the Tipo 20A.

1927 was the final year Diatto actually built cars. This one was sold new to Australia and was bodied locally Coffey Brothers. It returned to Europe in 2013 when a collector in the U.K. brought it back and had it readied for road use. It should be in good road-going condition and should cost the new owner between $59,000-$67,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams.

Update: Sold $69,667.