1000 Finarte / Classic Cars

Brescia, Monday 13 May 2019



Chassis no.156 SC -Engine no. 281

  • Highly acceptable for the Mille Miglia and other main historical re-enactments
  • Acceptable for the main Concours d’Elegance
  • Always in Italy.Comprehensive and documented history
  • It has been owned for 40 years by Adriano Cimarosti, renowned author of books on motorsport history.

Sold € 403.375,00

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The model

Cisitalia (Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia) was founded to manufacture sports equipment in 1939 by Piero Dusio, a Turinese textile industrialist. An experienced amateur driver, Dusio used his fortune to become involved with the sport that he loved. After winning his class in the 1937 Mille Miglia, he began to explore the possibilities of building his racing cars. Cisitalia's first model was the D46 and appeared in 1946 as a small single seater which used a tubular steel space-frame chassis crafted in Cisitalia’s bicycle factory under a readily-available Fiat mechanics. Cisitalia focused on building small passenger car based on the D46. In the summer of 1946, the 202 CMM (Coupé Mille Miglia) was initially designed by Dante Giacosa and then brought to finish by Giovanni Savonuzzi. The first coupé was built by Alfredo Vignale, at the time the departmental head of Stabilimenti Farina. The Cisitalia 202 SMM (Spyder Mille Miglia) was derived directly from the coupé. Subsequent competition spiders were known as 202 SMM Nuvolari, after Nuvolari’s epic effort.

Savonuzzi’s design was submitted to Battista Pinin Farina as an initial concept for the new coupé 202 Gran Sport and inspired the master to create one of the most significant examples of body styling in automotive history. Cisitalia provided Pinin Farina with the chassis on which the Cisitalia's body was placed. Its shapes are the finishing point of all the previous research: the hood, body, fenders, and headlights are integral to the continuously flowing surface, rather than added on, creating a general sense of beauty and speed. Unveiled in 1947 at the exhibition of Coachbuilders at the Milan Triennale and Paris Motor Show, it won the Coppa d’Oro prize at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance. The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport was defined as “a rolling sculpture” in 1951 when it was chosen, along with seven other cars, for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). The 202 is the progenitor of all modern sports cars and stands as a timeless bridge between pre and post-war sports car design. Its lines had a substantial impact on the aesthetics of car design at the time, breaking with tradition and introducing new style concepts. The 202 were built on Fiat components including a redesigned chassis and a 1089cc four-cylinder engine delivering 66 horsepower.

The first “Gran Sport” model has only two seats and is the first car in history to have the brand name even in the back. The first development, the 202 B can instead accommodate four people (three in front and one, badly, behind) and is distinguished by its more massive grille and chrome bumpers. The 1951 202 C has the trunk accessible from outside and the rear window wider. The first 202 grill was aluminium and had 23 individual teeth shaped like a


Nino Balestra – Cesare De Agostini, Cisitalia Catalogue Raisonné 1945-1965, Automobilia, 1991

Nino Balestra, Cisitalia, Una storia di coraggio e passione, Giorgio Nada Editore, 2016-Mario Simoni, Un sogno chiamato Cisitalia, Angelini Photo Editore, 2004

Giorgio Piacentini, Cisitalia come opera d’arte, Polo Books

Dante Giacosa, I miei 40 anni di progettazione alla Fiat, Centro Storico Fiat, Torino 2014.


Registration and Italian plates.


  • Mille Miglia. Eligible.
  • Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
  • Targa Florio. Eligible.
  • Goodwood Revival. Eligible.
  • Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
  • Vernasca Silver Flag. Eligible.
  • California Mille: Eligible.
  • Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
  • Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
  • Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.Eligible.
  • Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. Eligible.