Of the twelve Siva Salukis believed to have been built, only two are known to exist. One entry posted a while back which included pictures of a Siva Saluki sold on eBay, and from it I got this letter and pictures from Joao Andrade in Portugal about his striking sci-fi looking Saluki:
I have owned a Siva Saluki since 1976, when a then future freind brought it from England.
It was a white with blue drawings along the body when I first legalized it here in Portugal (it needed homologation). Over the years it has suffered several painting ideas — the last one being very apreciated like Spiderman’s car. It was all covered with small 5cm red squares in a grid over a black base. It looked very good especially with a couple of double exhaust pipes coming over through the back of the car in the best Michel Vaillant way.
Two years ago, after beeing in the garage for twenty years or so, I decided to bring it back to life and did a complete overhaul of the car. I reconditionated the 1600 twin carburator engine, did a new eletrical instalation, added a CRX dash, installed a new interior with VW Golf lights that light up when you open the doors and go out after a while, a new more conservative paint-job (BMW silver), four large exhaust pipes, pedals, seatbelts, driving wheel, and gas cap by OMP, new tires and wheel covers. I also changed the manual front pop up lights with four fixed lamps because the originals where a bit noisy and week. Eletrical exterior mirrors came from a Lancia Thema.
I also widened the car with wheel arches from a VW Golf wich where integrated in the body of the car, and it also has a Sony radio and CD player with eight speakers all over the car, and so on… I haven’t driven it much yet, so it’s still in its break in period.
And now some photos!
Oh, and if you wanted to see the donor car…
Anyway, big thanks to Joao for sending in his car, and for keeping this special piece of car history on the street and in good shape!