1947 Cisitalia 202

1947 Cisitalia 202 - Car Journals
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1947 Cisitalia 202 - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 © M. Ruvidic

Manufactured by ’’Cisitalia’’ (“Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia”) and showed to the public at the Villa d’Este Gold Cup show in Como, Italy, and at the 1947 Paris Motor Show, the 202 was an aesthetic and technical achievement in every sense.

1947 Cisitalia 202 - Car Journals

Not only wealthy industrialist, but also a sportsman itself, Piero Dusio provided Pinin Farina with the chassis on which an aluminium body was handcrafted. The design that Pinin Farina made out of 202 was honoured by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 1951. The Cisitalia 202 is displayed at MOMA where it is recognized as an icon of Italian style named “Sculpture in movement”.

1947 Cisitalia 202 - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 rear view

Since it was coachbuilt, it was not commercial success, with only 170 units produced between 1947 and 1952. The most impressive aspect of Cisitalia 202 is it’s single-shell coachwork. Before 202, the prevailing approach of the designers was to treat each part of the automobile body as the separate element, when defining a volume and shaping the shell. So, one box would house the passengers and another one would be there for the motor, and headlights would be treated as appendages.

1947 Cisitalia 202 front view - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 front view

Cisitalia 202 features lack of sharp edges, as the hood, body, fenders, and headlights are integral to the continuously flowing surface. Creating feeling of flow and unity along it’s swellings and depressions, the shell of 202 gives perfect sense of speed and elegance.

1947 Cisitalia 202 interior detail - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 interior detail

Cisitalia 202 Berlinetta with chassis number 034 debuted at famous race Watkins Glen circuit Grand Prix on September 17, 1949. driven by Logan Hill. At the end of the race Cisitalia 202 was first in her class and on eight place in overall standings. During 1950s Cisitalia 202 cn. 034 was brought to California where she took in some races.

1947 Cisitalia 202 front detail - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 front detail

Cisitalia 202 shown on the photos is restored and owned by the car collector Giuliano Bensi. All parts are original and we can say that, after all this years, this car is in original condition.

1947 Cisitalia 202 rear detail - Car Journals
1947 Cisitalia 202 rear detail

Engine:

1089 cc Fiat Inline 4 cylinder

70 bhp (52.2 kw) @ 5500 rpm

2 Valves per cylinder

Fuel feed: 2 Weber 36DR4SP Carburetors

Transmission: 4-Speed Manual

Performance:

Top speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)

Acceleration: 0- 100 km/h 19.4 s ; 0- 60 mph 18.2 s

Body

Aluminum Body over Modified Fiat Frame

Dimensions:

Length: 3780 mm (148.8 in)

Wheelbase: 2400 mm (94.5 in)

Weight: 760 kg (1676 lbs)

wheelbase 2400 mm / 94.5 in

front track 1258 mm / 49.5 in

rear track 1247 mm / 49.1 in

1947 Cisitalia 202 - Car Journals

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