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1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe

1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe
1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe
1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe photographed by Douglas at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe

1950 Cisitalia 202GS Vignale Coupe
Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
Date: March 14, 2010
Location: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida

This is the only surviving example of the three Cisitalia 202 coupes bodied by Vignale to the Pininfarina design. Italian Cisitalia agents Lombardi & Kolliker were specially commisioned in 1950 to build the three Vignale bodied Cisitalia coupes. One was fitted with a six cylinder Fiat engine and was subsequently demolished. The third car was destroyed in a fire.

The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport is regarded by many as the first modern GT car. Originally designed by the Italian car designer Pinifarina in 1946, this was considered an aesthetic and technical achievement that changed the shape of post-war automobile body design. Noticable styling points are bolder sweeps and curves, modern flush-fender sides, unusually large glass area, a simple front end and flush door handles. In 1951, New York's Museum of Modern Art declared the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport as one on the 10 best automotive designs of all time and purchased one for permanent display.

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