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Cisitalia – 202 Cabriolet Castagna

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Vehicle Overview

Unveiled in 1947 at the exhibition of Coachbuilders at the Milan Triennale and Paris Motor Show, it won the Coppa d’Oro prize at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance. The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport was defined as “a rolling sculpture” in 1951 when it was chosen, along with seven other cars, for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). Coupé versions of the 202 were the first produced. A cabriolet followed.
Since 1914 when Ercole Castagna inherited the company from his father Carlo, the firm was noted for very conservative, luxurious bodies. From 1920 to 1933 his younger brother Emilio managed the creative design. In 1933 Ercole was joined by his sons Carlo, Savino and Cipriano in the management of the company. After the war, the ex-Touring designer Giuseppe Seregni joined the company to help update their design department. This 202 was clothed with a one-off spyder fitted with Vistotal Cabriolet body, (in 1937 Castagna acquired the Labourdette patent Vutotal which permitted frameless windshield designs). It is one of two 202s bodied by the Milanese coachbuilder. The shape has some Touring influences, it is belived that Ercole designed it together Seregni. The Castagna bodied one, was buit in 2 speciments and unveiled in 1950.

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    1950
  • Make
    Cisitalia
  • Model
    202 Cabriolet
  • Coachbuilder
    Castagna
  • Length (mm)
    3300
  • Width (mm)
    1450
  • Height (mm)
    1140
  • Photo credits
    N/A
  • Engine Type
    N/A
  • Designer
    Ercole Castagna

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