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CISITALIA 202 SMM – 1947
Model 202 Spider Mille Miglia Body Type Spyder Price SOLD
Make 1947-1952 Color Red
Year 1947 Interior Red
Specific description This particular example, s/n 003S is a matching-numbers 202 with fascinating history. It was first sold officially on 6 October 1948, with engine 031MM (still present in the car) to the Turinese business owner, Luigi Bedosti. It is possible that this car was sold to Bedosti as a result of having been displayed at the Salone Internazionale dell’Automobile (in Turin) that ran from 15 to 26 September of 1948. The car was first registered 12 October in Turin with engine “031” and there is no indication that Bedosti did any racing with it. The car was then sold 14 April 1949, to Mario Bortolotti of Bologna, “just in time” for Bortolotti to race it in the 1949 Mille Miglia. The car was re-registered in Bologna on 6 September 1949, just before being sold to Aldo Medri of Cesena, where the car was re-registered on Forli’ plates. The car passed almost immediately to Armando Bevilacqua in Bologna and was re-registered in Bologna on 22 September 1949. 003S was also used by Bevilacqua on the Bologna – Raticosa Hillclimb of 17 September 1950, where he was 20th overall and 10th in the Sport 1100 category. This car was then sold on 2 May 1951, to Mario De Boni of Trieste and was re-registered on Trieste plates, and De Boni raced 003S in at least four events during 1951. For the Mille Miglia of 1952, the car appeared with the body in raw aluminum with an engine-turned finish and with a custom, Perspex bubble roof that was quite amazing visually. Following the Mille Miglia and at least one more event in “closed” form, the car was returned to its former “spyder” form and De Boni continued to race it no less than eight times from 1952 to 1957, most frequently on the local “Trieste – Opicina” hillclimb. The car also made period appearances at the Rallye Nuvolari, the Supercortemaggiore, the Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti, among others, often placing or winning its class. In summary, chassis number 003S it very likely the most raced 202 Cisitalia extant, having been highly active in international events from 1948 well into the late 1950’s. The car was sold 1958 to the next owner, also in Trieste. By the time the car turned up again in the 1980’s, the body was fragile and tired due to over a decade of hard, competitive use and was removed, although the chassis and mechanical package were still together and quite complete. The car then passed to Nino Balestra, author of what is probably the first definitive book about Cisitalia cars, and the holder of most of the remaining Cisitalia archives. The restoration project was sold to a new owner and Nino continued to consult on the restoration. A new body was made by Dino Cognolato’s “Carrozzeria Nova Rinascente.” That work was finished by May of 1999 and the fully restored car was sold later that year to Japan. The car came to a new owner in the USA during 2011 and is now being offered here. Of five 202 “Sport” chassis known to have been built, only three of which were truly in the form known later as “Spyder Nuvolari” … all three examples exist. This is evidence of how special these cars have always been to their owners. We do not yet know how many additional “Nuvolari” examples were built, but only fourteen seem to be numbered in what might be thought of as an independent “202SMM” series numeration while perhaps another four examples are known to have been numbered among the normal 202 production. This count implies that roughly 21 similarly configured cars were built, although the total number might grow as a few cars turn up over time. In any event, this model is exceedingly rare and each example can easily be thought of as unique given the hand-built nature combined with the specific racing history. Cosmetically, the car is beautifully presented. While clearly not enjoyed solely on the concours lawn, s/n 003S remains sharp enough in its restoration details and would likely garner considerable attention based on its rarity and dynamic visual characteristics. The body, paint, and brightwork and all nearly unmarked, and are generally outstanding. The Spartan but functional and ergonomically pleasant interior shows just the slightest signs of age and use, as would be expected of an open cockpit event car. The rear storage area is also very nice, showing just a few signs of light use on road rally events. The engine bay is beautifully detailed and has a crisp and purposeful appearance. The polished Cisitalia valve cover is very cool and in very good shape. The underside is well restored and in good order. It is fantastically documented in several history books and comes with some rare period photos, as an extremely rare, original Cisitalia 202 owner’s manual, an original Cisitalia brochure, and two original bronze Mille Miglia participant medals. This car participated again at the 2017 Mille Miglia, with Thierry Dehaeck as pilot and Michael Matthijs as co-pilot. It finished second Belgian team and was 97th overall.

Model description Dusio commissioned several automobiles from Europe's leading designers. He provided Pinin Farina with the chassis, on which an aluminum body was handcrafted. When first presented to the public at the Villa d'Este Gold Cup show in Como, Italy, and at the 1947 Paris Motor Show, the two-seat 202GT was a resounding success. The 202 was an aesthetic and technical achievement that transformed postwar automobile body design.[citation needed] The Pinin Farina design was honored by New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1951. In the MOMA's first exhibit on automotive design, called "Eight Automobiles", the Cisitalia was displayed with seven other cars (1930 Mercedes-Benz SS tourer, 1939 Bentley saloon with coachwork by James Young, 1939 Talbot-Lago by Figoni teardrop coupé, 1951 Willys Jeep, 1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly Sedan, 1948 MG TC, and the 1941 Lincoln Continental coupe). It is still part of the MoMA permanent collection.[2] It was not, however, a commercial success; because it was coachbuilt, it was expensive, and only 170 were produced between 1947 and 1952. Most cars were coachbuilt by Pinin Farina with some by Vignale and Stabilimenti Farina. Building on aerodynamic studies developed for racing cars, the Cisitalia offers one of the most accomplished examples of coachwork conceived as a single shell. The hood, body, fenders, and headlights are integral to the continuously flowing surface, rather than added on. Before the Cisitalia, the prevailing approach followed by automobile designers when defining a volume and shaping the shell was to treat each part of the body as a separate, distinct element—a box to house the passengers, another for the motor, and headlights as appendages. In the Cisitalia, there are no sharp edges. Swellings and depressions maintain the overall flow and unity, creating a sense of speed.
(Source: Wikipedia)
         
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