Bonhams : 2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001

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2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car
Chassis no. D46 001

Sold for € 13,800 (US$ 15,359) inc. premium
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car
Chassis no. D46 001
•Built in the Cisitalia workshop
•Replica of Hans Stuck's Aosta - Gran San Bernardo hill climb winner
•Electric motor
•Certificate of Authenticity

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 in September 1946 took the first three places at Turin's Parco Valentino, one of the first motor sports meetings organised in Italy after WW2. Cisitalia drivers included Piero Taruffi, Raymond Sommer, Tazio Nuvolari, Alberto Ascari, Franco Cortese, Louis Chiron, Clemente Biondetti, Hans Stuck, and Piero Dusio himself, a quite exceptional line-up of talent.

Dusio followed up this successful D46 single-seater by building a two-seater sports car. 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 2nd place.

Sadly, Dusio's ambition soon 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. He sold the license to build his cars to Ciofi but did not remain with the company, which began manufacturing Cisitalias again in 1952.

This half-scale D46's accompanying Certificate of Authenticity states that it was hand-made in the Cisitalia workshop as an exact reproduction of the D46 that German racing driver Hans Stuck, with number '6' on his car, used to win the prestigious Aosta - Gran San Bernardo hill climb in 1948. Noteworthy features include an electric motor, independent front suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes.
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
2014 Cisitalia D46 Half-scale Child's Car  Chassis no. D46 001
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