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1948 Cisitalia 202 SC Coupe / 103 Vehicle Information

1948 Cisitalia 202 SC photograph

1948 Cisitalia 202 SC photograph

1948 Cisitalia 202 SC1948 Cisitalia 202 SC
Sold for $385,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
Italian Industrialist Piero Dusio built up the Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia (Cisitalia) prior to the start of World War II. It was a successful conglomerate with interests in textile and hospitality industries, along with sporting goods and banking. Among his many talents, Dusio was also an accomplished athlete and a great racing driver. One of his dreams was to build a car of his own.

The first Cisitalia were 1.1-liter D.46 Monopostos. These single-seaters were the first racing cars to use a full space-frame chassis. They had a fully independent front suspension setup and a pre-selector gearbox. Power came from a re-worked Fiat engine that offered 660 horsepower thanks, in part, to the addition of a high-performance cylinder head, dry sump lubrication, and twin Weber carburetors.

Next came a series of two-seat sports cars based on the D.46 Monoposto. The 202SMM was a space-frame sports car that made its debut at the 1947 Mille Miglia where Tazio Nuvolari drove one of the five cars entered to a 2nd place finish behind Biondetti's Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Berlinetta.

Next, Dusio turned his attention to developing a sporty road car - the 202 SC, or Sports Coupe. The advanced tube-frame chassis was clothed with an elegant and sporty body created by local coachbuilder, Pinin Farina.

Displayed at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and the Paris Auto Show in 1947, the Cisitalia was hailed as a masterpiece of automotive design. In summer 1951, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Eight Automobiles, an exhibition devoted to a systematic study of the aesthetic principles and techniques of modern motorcar body design. The Cisitalia 202 was selected to represent 'The Aerodynamic Style.' The 202 SC remains in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent design collection.

With a retail price of $6,000 in the United States, at a time when the Jaguar Xk120 was selling for $3,000, sales of the Cisitalia were slow. Between 1947 and 1952, approximately 170 examples were built.

Chassis number 103
Torinese coachbuilders Stabilimenti Farina and Vignale constructed many of the 202 SC bodies to help fulfill the substantial order from Cisitalia.

This car was one of the 202 SCs constructed by Stabilimenti Farina and wears body number 8837. It has the 23-slot grille, two-piece windscreen, Veglia gauges, and a Nardi steering wheel - all characteristics of the early 202 SC models.

The car was delivered to imported car dealer Fergus Motors in New York City and sold to its first owner Joseph B. Ferguson Jr. of Bridgehampton, New York. Ferguson entered his new 202 SC into two significant East Coast races. On September 17th of 1949, Ferguson raced the car in the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. It wore race number 53 and achieved an 11th place overall finish and 2nd in Class. Period photos of the car reveal that is was originally finished in a light green paint scheme.

The car was later entered in the Bridgehampton Road Races held on June 9th of 1951. It captured a 5th place finish in the 10-lap Sagaponack Trophy race followed by a 15th overall in the 25-lap Bridgehampton Cup Race.

In 1960, it was sold to Fred Steinhauer of Wellsville, New York. In 1963 or 1964, it was sold to James Hayden. Mr. Hayden disassembled the car in preparation for a restoration, but the work was put on hold and the car rested in the garage for the better part of four decades. Mr. Hayden passed away in 2000 and his nephew Jim Castellano inherited the Cisitalia. A restoration soon followed.

The car remained with Mr. Castellano for a while before being sold to the current owner.

It is believed that 170 Cisitalia 202 SC models were originally built.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013


2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $385,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Cisitalia 202 SC Coupe
Chassis#: 103
Sold for USD$385,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari
1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202SC
1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari
1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis Num: 0011 SMM
Engine Num: TIPO 204 No. 019
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202SC
1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 054 SC
Engine Num: 075

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari
1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis Num: 17

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 SC
1948 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Farina
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 146

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202GS
1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport
1951 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport
1951 Sport Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0126
Engine Num: 049
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202
1952 Sport Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202
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Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 183SC

1948 Cisitalia 202 SC

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