Open Roads, February | Lot 134
1950 Cisitalia 202 SC Cabriolet
€400,000 - €450,000 EUR | Not Sold
| Brusaporto, Italy
19 - 28 February 2021
- One of roughly 60 202 SC Cabriolets built
- Eligible for a number of international motoring events, including the Mille Miglia
- Restored in its current ownership
Cisitalia’s first sports car, the 202 was based on the foundations of the company’s successful D46 single-seater race car, a car driven by some of the best drivers of the era, including Piero Taruffi, Clemente Biondetti, and Raymond Sommer. The 202 followed in its competitive footsteps and garnered lots of attention at the 1947 Mille Miglia. One of the company’s three works-entered cars was campaigned by Tazio Nuvolari, who put in a spectacular performance at the very front of the field. Cruelty stuck and Nuvolari’s lead was taken away due to ignition problems as a result of a torrential downpour, seeing him take second place, followed by the two other Cisitalias. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta of Emilio Romano and Biondetti may have taken the checkered flag, but the trio of Cisitalia’s that followed them in had everyone’s attention.
At the 202’s heart was a four-cylinder in-line pushrod engine displacing 1,090 cc and producing 60 bhp at 5,500 rpm. To clothe its spaceframe chassis, a variety of different Italian coachbuilders were employed, with two of the most popular being Vignale and Stablimenti Farinia. Although this car bears the badges of Stablimenti Farina and a registry compiled by the Cisitalia International Club in 1976 attributes its coachwork as such, more recent research leads us to believe that the coachwork could have been constructed by Vignale.
Interestingly, chassis number 118 SC, the example presented here, was delivered new to Adalberto Fontana, an Italian who lived in Uruguay and was known for exporting Cisitalias to Uruguay. Its next owner was Ricardo Augustyniak Caputi, who also resided in Uruguay, who painted the car red. The car later returned to Europe in the early 2000s where it was noted as being incomplete and fitted with a Nardi intake manifold modified for dual carburetors, which remains fitted to the car today. It came into the ownership Bernardo Favero in Italy thereafter and was repainted in White. Passing through Helmut Bende of Germany, the car then brought to Austria where it was owned by Thomas Matzelberger of Salzburg and it was purchased by its current Austrian owner in 2011. After his acquisition, the car was brought to Germany where it was restored to its current colour scheme of dark blue with a beige interior and fitted with Borrani wire wheels.
Combining coachbuilt bodywork with race-proven engineering, Cisitalias remain today as a highly celebrated post-war Italian marque, with perhaps its biggest endorsement being the decades-long ownership of a Cisitalia 202 Coupe by the The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Eligible for a number of concours and vintage rallies, including the Mille Miglia, Cisitalias are rarely available for purchase and this example warrants serious consideration.