This is the only surviving example of three Cisitalia 202 coupes bodied by 'Vignale' to the Pininfarina design.
Italian Cisitalia agents Lombardi & Kolliker were specially commissioned in 1950 to build the three 'Vignale' bodied Cisitalia coupes. Of the other two 'Vignale' Cisitalias, one was fitted with a six-cylinder Fiat engine and was subsequently demolished. The third car was destroyed in a fire.
The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport is regarded by many as the first modern GT car. Originally designed by the Italian car designer Pininfarina in 1946, this was considered an aesthetic and technical achievement that changed the shape of post-war automobile body design. Noticeable styling points are bolder sweeps and curves, modern flush-fender sides, unusually large glass area, a simple front end and flush door handles. In 1951, New York's Museum of Modern Art declared the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport as one of the 10 best automotive designs of all time and brought one for permanent display.