One day a man came into my dealership to sell his Siata Sping. He told me it was one of only 4 in the USA. I answered (correctly) that I had already owned 4 different ones myself and I didn't think I had the market cornered. He called BS and left in a huff (well, a Siata Spring). What a comedown from the great small sportscars Siata had constructed. But actually the Spring sold well. It was a fun sub-compact second car ala Fiat Jolly. We had one in a parade and it was great. It caught everyone's eye and it had no trouble keeping up with the high school marching band in front of us. And it was much better quality and more comfortable than the Mercedes classic knock-off kits for VW chassis that were so common then. Economical, could easily out-drag parked cars. Safe? Meh- safety is just trying to defeat Karma. I once had a guy tell me that he wouldn't want to get hit by a semi in one of those. I asked what car he would want to get hit by a semi in.
we sold 2 new ones in '70. i got a $20 'big bore' exhaust system, made in south africa, from j.c.whitney. we had a chassis dyno and just changing the exhaust gave us over 40% more rearwheel horsepower!