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Friday, February 21, 2020

A unique 1948 Mille Miglia racing car

Automotive history is filled with many "what if" stories, but nothing is more tempting than Cisitalia, which is officially known as the Consorzio Industriale Sportive Italia. The company was founded shortly after World War II by an Italian industrialist and experienced amateur racer named Piero Dusio, who wanted to take his racing expertise from a car made by his own company.
1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM with the chassis number of CMM-002 on display at the Gooding's 2016 Pebble Beach Auctions. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39oZTGi)
But unlike Ferrari, the Cisitalia's first road car has created an international sensation. Yes, 1946 Cisitalia 202 was the first revolutionary grand tourer to apply the knowledge of Cisitalia racing know-how to an impossibly gorgeous and well-mannered road car.
Front-left side view of 1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM with the chassis number of CMM-002. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39oZTGi)
But once it turns out there is a racing car that takes the basis of the car, which is a Cisitalia 202 CMM (Coupe Mille Miglia), one of the most striking examples of sleek and aerodynamic coachwork, and is a tangible proof of collaboration between engineer Dante Giacosa, designer Giovanni Savonuzzi and coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale.
Interior view of 1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM with the chassis number of CMM-002. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39oZTGi)
The car's exterior fitted with a striking aerodynamic coupe featured with stingray-fin characteristics on the back such as one that applied on the first Batmobile or Alfa Romeo BAT car series in the 1950s.

As previously revealed, that this car was built based on the Cisitalia 202 which features a sophisticated chassis and also equipped with a modified Fiat 1100 mechanical unit. The Cisitalia 202 CMM car is made 2 units only with the intent to be used in endurance racing. So the first unit of the car was launched for the 1947 racing season.
Engine view of 1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM with the chassis number of CMM-002. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39oZTGi)
While the second car with chassis number CMM-002 has been built for the Mille Miglia 1948 endurance race, which is driven by Piero Tarrufi and Domenico Rabbia.
Rear-right side view of 1947 Cisitalia 202 CMM with the chassis number of CMM-002. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39oZTGi)
Unfortunately, it failed to finish in slippery Cisitalia. Following its contemporary racing career, it spent most of its life in the Japanese collector's golden cages, making it rarely seen by the public.
But in 2016, the 1948 Cisitalia 202 CMM was auctioned to the public for the first time, with a pre-auction estimate price of the US. $2 million to $3 million, or approximately Rp.26.2 billion to Rp.39.4 billion. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ULTIMATECARPAGE | MOTOR1]
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