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Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina

March 25 2012 at 11:39 AM

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1947 Cisitalia 202 Coupe by Pinin Farina. (The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection)

Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia (Cisitalia) was one of many small Italian firms that built specialty sports cars using Fiat components during the immediate postwar period. After first building successful one-seat racing cars, the firm introduced the road-going 202, a Pinin Farina-designed grand touring fastback powered by a modified 1100cc Fiat four-cylinder engine. Considered one of the most attractive cars ever built because of its taut lines and graceful proportions, a 202 Coupe was featured in the 1951 New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) show entitled 8 Automobiles, an exhibition that helped establish automobile coachwork as a legitimate art form akin to sculpture.

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