1949 Cisitalia 202 SCSOLD
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-Mechanically restored with recent invoices for $138,497

-Landmark coachwork design by Pinin Farina

-Sweet handling and lively performance thanks to light weight

-Eligible for most important historic events including the Mille Miglia

A talented sportsman, entrepreneur and gentlemen driver, Piero Dusio recognized that post-war Italy would have a thirst for motor racing and conceived, with typical style and flair, a one-make single seater series to quench the pent-up demand of both drivers and spectators.

He soon concluded that sports car racing presented an even greater opportunity and put his chief designer Giovanni Savonuzzi to work creating a 2-seater from the basic monoposto design of his initial D46 model. Likewise a space frame chassis, the resulting Cisitalia 202 was ready for the 1947 Mille Miglia. A variety of bodies were hurriedly created by several local coachbuilders including Colli, Vignale, Garelli, Pinin Farina and Stabilimenti Farina. Tazio Nuvolari showed his grit and skill, taking one of the five Cisitalias entered into the lead by eight minutes at Rome. A 20 minute delay to dry out the ignition system after a torrential storm put Nuvolari behind Biondetti’s Alfa Two-Nine but he recovered to finish second, followed across the line by Bernabei and Minetti, also in Cisitalias.

Fuelled by such success Cisitalia went into production. Of the c.170 cars built (although production records are at best vague), most clients’ favourite coachwork was the Gran Sport berlinetta styled by Pinin Farina, a milestone aerodynamic design which was chosen by New York’s Museum of Modern Art as part of its permanent collection. This is a late production example featuring details such as a curved windscreen and tube grille, and was apparently discovered by the late Stan Nowak, car hunter extraordinaire, on a farm in Venezuela “sunk to the axles in farm muck” according to subsequent owner Steve Tillack. In common with other contemporary high performance sports cars past their best in European competition, many Cisitalias had found their way to South America, particularly as Piero Dusio relocated his business empire there in the 1950s. Nowak brought the berlinetta to the US and sold it to Tillack, the renowned Californian restorer, who found a buyer in collector Ian Cummins and then undertook a rebuild on his behalf. The car subsequently took part in the 1991 Colorado Grand and, Tillack recalls, was also shown at Pebble Beach the same year.

The Cisitalia saw very little subsequent use until sold to Australian dealer Terry Healy, from whom the current US owner acquired the car in 2006. Since then it has been mechanically ‘gone though’ by Automotive Restorations Inc in Stratford, Connecticut, and engine wizard Phil Reilly of Berkeley, California (dyno test sheet available), $90,583 and $47,914 being spent with each respectively (bills available). This work was only finished in August 2009. The coachwork and interior have been left untouched and are still remarkably fresh almost twenty years after restoration, the paintwork resplendent in Rosso Corsa with tan hide upholstery piped in contrasting red to compliment the exterior.

Hubris brought Piero Dusio’s empire down when he committed to building the fabled Cisitalia Grand Prix car but the resounding success of the Cisitalia 202 in the Mille Miglia and other early post-war races, as well as its seminal contribution to the success of post-war Italian coachbuilders and design, have firmly established the reputation of both marque and model. One of a select group of Cisitalia 202s built, with refined bodywork and sparkling performance from its light weight, skillfully designed and developed chassis and twin-carburettor Cisitalia engine, this beautifully presented berlinetta is both an historically important automobile and the ideal entry for most enjoyable and important events.

Reference Number 50086

as of 9/3/2009

Car 1949 Cisitalia 202 SC
VIN 142SC 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Beige 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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