c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032

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Lot 473
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica
Chassis no. 032

US$ 60,000 - 80,000£ 48,000 - 64,000
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c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica
Chassis no. 032
* 1,100cc Fiat in-line four-cylinder
* 4-speed manual transmission
* Nuvolari looks at a Fiat price
* Evokes the spirit of the Mille Miglia
* Superbly executed replica

The most commanding presence in the success of the Cisitalia brand in the late 1940s was that of Tazio Nuvolari, the legendary race car driver known as 'The Flying Mantuan'. Nuvolari had been one of the most successful competitors at the highest level of motorsport in the pre-war period. Debuting in motorcycles in the 1920s, he produced brilliant drives in Grand Prix and sports car events for Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Auto Union in the thirties. He returned to competition after the war in poor health at the age of 54, yet still performing with remarkable effect. His last race, in 1950, was in a Cisitalia-Abarth 204 and the 58 year old finished fifth overall and first in class.

The Cisitalia 202 is one of the most important of the small Italian sports cars of the early post-war period. Powered by a Fiat-based 1,100cc 4-cylinder engine, it not only established itself as a capable competitor, but the designs on the 202 chassis have become icons of style as well. Among those designs is a simple, clean-lined open car, or 'Spyder' designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi for the distance races such as the Mille Miglia as well as the hillclimb events which were such an important part of the Italian sporting calendar at the time. Tazio Nuvolari drove one of these 202 SMM Spyders in the 1947 running of the Italian classic and scored a class win. From that time forward, to celebrate that and the many other epic drives he had made in Cisitalias, the model was renamed the 'Nuvolari' Spyder in his honor. Only about 35 of these lovely roadsters were built, so they are rare and the detailing in the design makes each an automotive work of art of the mid-century period.

As can be expected, the remaining Nuovlari Spyders are eagerly sought after and very costly today. Replicas of this landmark car have been produced, but most are lacking in quality or attention to correct detail. The example we offer here is not one of those cars. Rather it is a superbly crafted copy of an original, with faithful proportions, carefully made details and employing production techniques typical of the period, by craftsmen trained and working in the long established Italian tradition. It is powered by a Fiat 1100 engine with correct type 'Cisitalia' valve cover and twin carburetors and rides on period-correct sized wire wheels and tires for the proper driving experience.

This well-built Spyder would be a greatly entertaining companion on local rallies and tours thanks to its favorable power-to-weight ratio and wonderful period feel. It will almost certainly deliver a level satisfaction to its new owner at a level far in excess even of the ratio of value compared to one of the rare original cars.

Footnotes

  • Please note this vehicle is titled as a 1947.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the engine number for this vehicle is MM059.
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c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
c. 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Replica  Chassis no. 032
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