1947 Cisitalia 202SC Cabriolet / 054 SC Chassis Information

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Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 054 SC
Engine # 075
Sold for $550,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
Cisitalia, more formally Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia, was one of many Italian firms building sports cars using Fiat components in the postwar period. Established by Italian soccer star Piero Dusio, Cisitalia introduced its first road-going car in 1946 and it was powered by a modified 1100cc Fiat 4-cylinder engine. The following year, at the 1947 Mille Miglia, Cisitalia debuted a racy 202 S MM race car, which was driven by the great Tazio Nuvolari and led the race for many hours. Later that year, the Cisitalia 202 SC Coupe, designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi, was unveiled at the Milan and Paris Motor Shows - and a cabriolet soon followed. In total, just 170 Cisitalia 202s were built, including this example bodied by Vignale, with is one of only 17 cabriolets. Despite its rarity, the Cisitalia 202 is regarded as one of the most influential postwar sports cars; it was famously described in the press as 'a rolling sculpture' when it was exhibited, alongside several other motoring icons, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1951.

This 1947 Cisitalia 202 was out of circulation for decades residing in Argentina. Industrialist and Italian Racer Piero Dusio and all Cisitalia production moved to Argentina in the middle of the last century. This example is one of the rare Vignale bodied cabriolets and was given a 10 year restoration. There are 1990s photographs of it being removed from a long hibernation in a Buenos Aires garage where it went unmolested for decades. It is now restored to be exactly as built by Cisitalia. There is good documentation and remnants that attest to the original deep red color. It is equipped with Boranni wire wheels unlike most of the 202 series cars Vignale bodied for Cisitalia. The form was left pure on this example as it clearly never had bumpers fitted and noting the total lack of any supporting structure or signs of removal on the original chassis platform or adjoining alloy body skin.

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 054 SC
Engine # 075
Sold for $550,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
Mr. Piero Dusio was the star of Torino's Juventus soccer team in the 1920s until a knee injury brought that career to a close. After the injury, he found a job working at a Swiss textile firm where he proved to be a talented salesman, earning him head of sales for all of Italy. Another talent was his driving; in 1937, at the Mille Miglia he finished first in class driving a Siata. In 1938, he earned a fourth overall in an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 at the Mille Miglia. By this point in history, he had created Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia (Cisitalia), a conglomerate with interests in the textile, hospitality, sporting, and banking industries.

After World War II, Mr. Dusio worked with Fiat engineers Dante Giacosa and Giovanni Savonuzzi to realize his dream of building his own automobile. The vehicle they built was called the D46 Monoposto, thought to be the first race car utilizing a full space-frame chassis.

In 1947, at the Mille Miglia, Cisitalia introduced the 202 SMM sports-racing car. Tazio Nuvolari drove a 202 SMM at the Mille Miglia where he was in the lead before rain compromised his electrical system, resulting in a very impressive second place finish.

Having proven they were capable of building competitive vehicles, Cisitalia's next creation was an advanced road car based on the space-frame design of the race cars. Introduced in 1947, the 202 SC Coupe exemplified the emerging art of aerodynamic styling and was later put on display at the Museum of Modern Art's famous 1951 exhibition, 'Eight Automobiles.' Cabriolet variants were also produced, with around 60 examples built.

This particular example was discovered in Argentina, where Mr. Dusio had eventually moved his operation. It was owned by several Argentine owners before being discovered in a garage in Gualeguaychú, just north of Buenos Aires, and imported to the US by Orlando Cairo and Michael Graham of Florida in 2003.

The current caretakers acquired the car in 2005, who began a no-expense-spared restoration. During the work, it was discovered that the car was a Vignale-bodied example. They also discovered the original data plate, which also displayed the engine number stamped on the block. The original color was found in several covered areas. They also found the original leather, remaining on a fold underneath one of the seats, and these colors were matched and applied during the restoration.

The restoration was finished in 2016.

The engine is the optional MM specification with twin Weber carburetors. The 1089cc overhead valve four-cylinder engine offers 63 horsepower and is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

The car made its restoration debut at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It was also shown in the 2016 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, where it was awarded Best in Class in the Italian Sports/ GT Category, and at Lime Rock Historic Festival 34, where it was awarded another first in class.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017

2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$525,000-$625,000 
Sale Price :
$550,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Cisitalia 202 SC Cabriolet
Chassis#: 054 SC
Sold for $550,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202SC1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis Num: 0011 SMM
Engine Num: TIPO 204 No. 019
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202SC1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 054 SC
Engine Num: 075
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Spider Nuvolari1947 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Garelli
Chassis Num: 17
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 SC1948 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Farina
Chassis Num: 103
Engine Num: 146
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202GS1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport1951 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport1951 Sport Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0126
Engine Num: 049
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 2021952 Sport Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis information for the Cisitalia 2021952 Sport Convertible
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 183SC


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