1947 Cisitalia 320.000 EUR
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This vehicle qualifies for the Monaco Vintage Formula Car Racing Series.
CHASSIS NO: 019
• Documented in the book, “Cisitalia da Corsa Europa”
• Driven in 1948 by noted French racer, Roger Loyer
• Retaining original chassis, engine and body
• Sophisticated design includes faired front suspension
• Engaging and successful single-seat voiturette
1,200cc Fiat OHV inline four-cylinder engine, twin carburetors, 80 HP, fourspeed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with lower arms and
hydraulic dampers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and friction
dampers, transverse leaf spring, live rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes;
wheelbase: 2,050 mm (79.1”)
Immediately following the end of World War II in Europe, businessman and
former amateur racing champion Piero Dusio sought to return motor racing to
Italy with a one-make, single-seater series. Operating through his sporting-goods
firm named Cisitalia, short for Consorzio Industriale Sportivo Italia, Dusio
commissioned engineer Dante Giacosa to design an economical, yet fast racer
using existing Fiat parts. Dubbed G46 and introduced during 1946, the racecar
was built around a simple, yet robust spaceframe chassis. Since Giacosa designed
the Fiat 500 Topolino before the war, he utilized the engine and suspension
components of the Fiat, but extensively modified them for the rigors of racing,
including dry-sump engine lubrication and upgrades dramatically increasing power
output. Weighing under 400 kilograms, the 60-80 horsepower available from the
highly tuned Fiat engine made the D46 highly competitive.
While Dusio's vision for a one-model racing series failed to materialize, his
D46s began dominating European voiturette racing. Talented racing drivers
including Tazio Nuvolari, Piero Taruffi, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Harry Schell, Roger
Loyer, and other greats of the prewar and immediate postwar era piloted the D46
to remarkable wins against many more advanced, but older prewar racing cars
and the contemporary Simca-Gordinis that competed against it. German racing
legend Hans Stuck purchased a D46, piloting it to victory at the Maipokalrennen
at the Hockenheimring, the first postwar German race. A few months later, Stuck
also won the first Austrian race after the war, the Hungerburg hill climb in his
D46. In all, 30 to 31 examples of the D46 were built during 1946-47, depending
upon the source quoted. The success of the D46 encouraged a much more
ambitious single-seater Grand Prix project. Complex and costly, the Porschedesigned Cisitalia Type 360 proved to become Cisitalia’s undoing. Piero Dusio fled
to Argentina and Carlo Abarth built upon the remains of Cisitalia to start his own
enterprise, which went on to enjoy great racing and commercial success.
Documented in the authoritative book, “Cisitalia da Corsa Europa,” by
Sergio Lugo Podesta, known to the Cisitalia faithful as “Doctor Cisitalia,” this
wonderful 1947 Cisitalia D46 Monoposto is Chassis 19 of the series. It features
the twin-carburetor intake system and air-intake scoop, both updates applied to
the D46 to remain competitive in 1948. Car 19 was campaigned in European
Formula 2 events during 1948 under the Ecurie de Paris banner by Roger Loyer,
the Parisian motorcycle racer who captured the French Grand Prix for 250cc and
350cc machines in 1937 and 1938, respectively. His first of five starts at the 24
Hours of Le Mans came in 1938, and after the war, Loyer competed mainly in
single-seaters until 1950, but he did achieve success in national-level sports car
events too, including victory in the 1953 Coupe du Salon at Monthléry. In 1954,
Loyer was invited to drive for Gordini in his only Grand Prix start, the seasonopening Argentine Grand Prix. While he did race until 1960, Loyer also designed
numerous automotive devices during his professional career.
After its early time in Europe, the D46 was raced in Argentina, where it was
found in 1980, disassembled and inside a warehouse. Subsequently, the Cisitalia
was restored by Gonzales in Argentina. As offered, it retains the original engine,
the original and special rear differential, the original chassis and much of the
original body, including the hood, lower body panels and cowl, plus the original
steering wheel, gauges and brake components. The tail cone was replaced, but
the original item accompanies the car. A proper period transmission is currently
installed. Most recently, the D46 was imported to the United States in advance of
its offering at Pacific Grove, California. Riding on a new set of Borrani wire-spoke wheels
mounting new tires, this highly engaging postwar monoposto carries an
outstanding presence and offers many opportunities to the new owner.
We also have a lot of paperwork, Racing results, authenticity receipts, bill of sale on letterhead!

Reference Number 614707

as of 7/17/2020

Location
City Austin
State Texas
Country United States United States
 
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Overview
Car 1947 Cisitalia
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Red 
Condition Pristine 
Configuration Central Steering 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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