1947 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 021 Engine no. 021

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1947 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 021 Engine no. 021

Sold for € 75,900 (US$ 92,021) inc. premium
1947 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 021
Engine no. 021
Founded in 1939 by Piero Dusio to manufacture sports equipment, Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia (Cisitalia) amassed a fortune for its former soccer star owner making military uniforms during WW2. A motor racing enthusiast, Dusio used his fortune to become involved with the sport he loved, building the first Cisitalia competition car in 1946. This was an advanced monoposto with spaceframe chassis - the first time this method of construction had been used for a series-built racing car - powered by a modified FIAT 1100 engine. There being little else available at the time, the Cisitalia sold well and Dusio followed up this successful single-seater by building a two-seater sportscar. Coupé and spyder versions were made, one of the latter almost winning the Mille Miglia in 1947 with the legendary Tazio Nuvolari at the wheel. The fact that Nuvolari was able to lead the race in such a small-engined car speaks volumes for the Cisitalia's superior design, only the misfortune of a flooded magneto relegating him to second place.
In 1948 Cisitalia introduced the hugely influential 202 Gran Sport Coupé. Pinin Farina was responsible for styling the 202 which, with its elegant lines and integrated all-enveloping coachwork, set the pattern for every Granturismo that followed. Indeed, Pinin Farina and Cisitalia were uniquely honoured when the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired a 202 for its collection. It was at this point that Dusio's ambition got the better of him; a supercharged 12-cylinder Grand Prix car was developed with the assistance of Ferdinand Porsche and Carlo Abarth among others, but the project all but bankrupted Cisitalia, forcing Piero Dusio to close down his Italian operation and relocate to Argentina where he founded Autoar. Dusio took with him Ing. Renato Ciofi and a quantity of chassis, engines and other parts, and in 1952 began building Cisitalias again, though with left-hand drive (the Italian series was right-hand drive).
Chassis number ‘021’ was the first 202 cabriolet produced and the only one whose coachwork was not only designed but also manufactured by Pinin Farina, the other cabriolets being manufactured by Vignale and Stabilimenti Farina to Pinin Farina’s original design. The coachwork of this car is therefor unique, as confirmed by the accompanying letter from Nino Balestra, President of the Cisitalia International Club. Almost certainly, ‘021’ was the Cisitalia donated by Cisitalia owner Piero Dusio, to the Argentine President Juan Peron and his wife Evita during 1948, following negotiations to obtain financial and industrial aid for the company. Copy illustrations from the book Cisitalia Catalogue Raisonnée by Balestra/Agostini and Cisitalia by Giorgio Piacentini showing ‘021’ are included.
After the Peron family the car had the following owners: Remo Rojo, Federico Brandenburg (Argentina), Simone del Rio, Stam Novak (USA) and 180 Sports & Classics (New York, USA) from whom it was purchased by the vendor. We are advised that the coachwork was restored in the 1990s and that the engine and running gear underwent extensive restoration during 2002-2003 to original specification, the principal specialists involved being Garages Chapuis (Aubonne), Sibenthal (Aclens) and Galassi (Rimini). A large quantity of restoration invoices is available for inspection and the vendor advises us that the engine is still running in. Finished in red with beige leather interior, the car is offered with Swiss registration papers and FIVA passport.

Le châssis n° 021 fut le premier cabriolet de série et le seul dont la carrosserie fut non seulement dessinée, mais aussi fabriquée par Pinin Farina, les autres cabriolets étant construits par Vignale et Stabilimenti Farina sur le dessin original de Pinin Farina. La carrosserie de cette voiture est donc unique comme le confirme la lettre jointe de Nino Balestra, président du Cisitalia International Club. Très certainement, 021 fut la Cisitalia offerte par le propriétaire de la marque Piero Dusio au président argentin Juan Peron et à son épouse Evita en 1948 à la suite des négociations destinées à obtenir des aides financières et industrielles au profit de sa firme. Des copies des illustrations figurant dans l'ouvrage Cisitalia Catalogue Raisonné par Balestra/ Agostini et Cisitalia par Giorgio Piacentini montrant 021 sont jointes.

Après la famille Peron, les propriétaires successifs furent: Remo Rojo, Federico Brandenburg (Argentine), Simone del Rio, Stam Novak (USA) et 180 Sports and Classic (New York, USA) qui la vendit à l'actuel propriétaire. Nous savons que la carrosserie fut restaurée dans les années 1990 et que le moteur et les organes mécaniques furent restaurés en 2002-2003 aux spécifications d'origine, les principaux spécialistes impliqués étant les Garages Chapuis (Aubonne), Sibenthal (Aclens) et Galassi (Rimini). Un grand nombre de factures seront consultables et le vendeur nous informe que le moteur est encore à roder; peinte en rouge avec intérieur en cuir beige, la voiture est proposée avec ses papiers suisses et son passeport FIVA.

Saleroom notices

  • This Lot is supplied with a previous US title and Swiss registration document. Local taxes will be liable if the car remains in the EU, although the reduced rate of 5% will probably apply if the car is imported via Great Britain.
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