Cisitalia 303 DF Berlinetta 1953
Lot 418
Cisitalia 303 DF Berlinetta 1953
Sold for €74,750 (US$ 87,950) inc. premium

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Cisitalia 303 DF Berlinetta 1953
Châssis n° 303 FN 00127
Moteur n° 127

Fondé en 1939 par Piero Dusio pour fabriquer des équipements sportifs, Cisitalia fit une fortune en confectionnant des uniformes militaires au cours de la seconde guerre mondiale. Passionné de sport automobile, Dusio mit cette fortune au service de sa passion et construisit la première Cisitalia de compétition dès 1946.

L'année suivante, Cisitalia présentait le très emblématique coupé 202 Gran Sport qui, avec ses lignes élégantes et sa carrosserie lisse et enveloppante, servit de modèle à toutes les Gran Turismo d'après-guerre. Prenant pour base la première voiture de compétition, la 202 était chère à produire, menant rapidement à la création de la 303 DF (DF pour Dérivé Fiat) sur châssis Fiat 1100 E, afin de réduire les coûts. Mais cela ne suffit pas à sauver Cisitalia qui avait dépensé une fortune dans son projet de monoplace de Grand Prix avorté, si bien que la production de la Tipo 303 cessa au bout de 12 exemplaires construits.

Cette très rare Cisitalia 303 DF, l'une des huit connues en existence, a été acquise par le vendeur pour son musée privé, au nord de l'Italie, en 2002. Elle est décrite comme étant dans un bon état largement d'origine et se comporta très bien lors de la Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti à laquelle elle participa en 2007. La voiture est vendue avec son libretto et son certificato di proprieta italiens, une copie de l'estratto cronologico et son certificat de l'ASI.

1953 Cisitalia 303 DF Berlinetta
Chassis no. 303 FN 00127
Engine no. 127

Founded in 1939 by Piero Dusio to manufacture sports equipment, Cisitalia amassed a fortune making military uniforms during WW2. A motor racing enthusiast, Dusio used his wealth to become involved with the sport he loved, building the first Cisitalia competition car in 1946.

The following year Cisitalia introduced the hugely influential 202 Gran Sport Coupé which, with its elegant lines and integrated all-enveloping coachwork, set the pattern for every Gran Turismo that followed. Based on that first competition car, the 202 was expensive to produce, prompting the introduction of the 303 DF (DF standing for 'Derived from FIAT'), which used the FIAT 1100E chassis to cut costs. Even this was not enough to save Cisitalia, which had spent a fortune on its abortive Grand Prix car project, and production of the Tipo 303 ceased after approximately 12 had been made.

One of only eight-or-so known today, this very rare Cisitalia 303 DF was purchased by the vendor for his private museum in Northern Italy in 2002. It is described as in generally good and largely original condition, and performed well when it participated in the 'Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti' in 2007. The car is offered with Italian libretto, Certificato di Proprieta, copy of the Estratto Cronologico and ASI certificate.
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