1949 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1949
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    180
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Italian title
Chassis n° 062SC
Engine n° 184

- One of the first Cisitalias
- Nice Italian restoration
- The elegance and rarity of the cabriolet version

In 1946, the industrialist Piero Dusio (an important producer of bicycles and sports equipment and a great gentleman racing driver) and the professional driver Piero Taruffi were finally able to achieve their goal of producing modern small single-seater racing cars, using the Fiat 1100 engine, but installed in a tubular chassis. The D46 (Dusio 1946) was born, from the pen of engineer Dante Giacosa (the father of the Fiat 500 in 1936, the Fiat 508 and the 1100) and designer Giovanni Savonuzzi. The race car was a great success and the creators decided to derive a two-seater sports version, the 202, a modern berlinetta whose lines were suggested by Savonuzzi, but with Pinin Farina making the car. The first Cisitalia (Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italiana) 202 made a major mark at the Concours d'Elegance at Villa d'Este in 1947. The production of berlinettes started, while there was a drawing of a convertible version, also from Pinin Farina, other than a roadster or spider for racing, with body by Stabilimenti Farina. Exported to the United States despite its prohibitive price, it influenced local designers by its perfect proportions, its low height and the fluidity of its lines, to the point, that in 1951, a Coupée 202 became a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Its light weight (less than 800 kg) and good aerodynamics allowed the Fiat 1100 engine developing a modest 55bhp to take the lightweight car to a top speed of 160 km/h, while the Spider version called Nuvolari (named after the second place won by the great Italian driver in the Mille Miglia of 1947) had a 66bhp version of the engine.

This Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet from 1949, one of the first produced and one of only 34 survivors, was bodied in aluminum by Stabilimenti Farina and belonged at the period to the famous Franco-Italian cinema producer Carlo Ponti. The extract of the Automobile Club d'Italia indicates and states that he is the president of the film production company ATA (Artisti Tecnici Associati). Ponti produced hundreds of movies, several of which were by Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini. For the matter, at a time when divorce was forbidden, he married Sophia Loren in Mexico City in 1957 while he was still married (since 1947). As the marriage was not recognized, they remarried as per the 'rules' in 1966, and had two children! To return to this car, it is useful to note that Carlo Ponti was a great fan of Cisitalia and he owned several. He had this car for a short while. This beautiful convertible spent most of its life in Italy, before to be acquired by the current owner, a Belgian collector. The car underwent a complete restoration in Italy respecting the car's original ocnfiguration. The file with the photos of all the restoration will be provided to the purchaser. It is now in a good condition both cosmetically and mechanically. We can't say for sure that the car has the original color, but it was a color available for the model at that time. This combination of an apple green, beige leather interior and beige soft top will surely please its future owner, who can not only take pleasure in the car's Italian charm, but also by the car's almost unmatchable beauty.