1949 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport Berlinetta

Coachwork by Pinin Farina

 

  • Mechanically restored with substantial invoices
  • Landmark coachwork design by Pinin Farina
  • 'On the button' and ready for use
  • Eligible for most important historic events including the Mille Miglia

Just a handful of Cisitalias were built (production records suggest 170) but their reputation as the world’s first GT car far outweighs their lack of commercial success. This late production example features details such as a curved windscreen and tube grille, and was apparently discovered by the late Stan Nowak, car hunter extraordinaire, on a farm in Venezuela “sunk to the axles in farm muck” according to Californian restorer Steve Tillack. Nowak brought the berlinetta to the US and sold it to Tillack, who found a buyer in collector Ian Cummins and then undertook a rebuild on his behalf. The car took part in the 1991 Colorado Grand and, Tillack recalls, was also shown at Pebble Beach the same year.

The Cisitalia saw little subsequent use until acquired by New York collector Adam Gordon via Kidston SA in 2006. It was mechanically ‘gone through’ for him by Automotive Restorations Inc in Stratford, Connecticut, and engine wizard Phil Reilly of Berkeley, California, $90,583 and $47,914 being spent with each respectively (bills available). The current Austrian owner acquired the car via Kidston SA in 2009 and, in addition to importation to Europe with all taxes being paid, has spent circa €75,000 preparing the car for the Mille Miglia to include rebuilt brakes with new drums, new clutch, new electrical system, modified dynamo, rebuilt radiator, new fuel pump and fuel lines, new fusebox and rebuilt wheels. Following this the car was tested in the October 2012 issue of Classic Cars, and it has been enjoyed by its enthusiastic owner for thousands of miles of spirited motoring.

The resounding success of the Cisitalia 202 in the Mille Miglia and other early post-war races, as well as its seminal contribution to the success of post-war Italian coachbuilders and design, have firmly established the reputation of both marque and model. One of a select group of Cisitalia 202s built, with refined bodywork and sparkling performance from its light weight, skillfully designed and developed chassis and twin-carburettor Cisitalia engine, this beautifully presented berlinetta is both an historically important automobile and a sophisticated entry for the most enjoyable and important events.