1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder Was Racing Streamliner with Tailfins!

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM 'Nuvolari' SpyderA surviving 1947 Mille Miglia racecar, one of three works vehicles raced that season? Yep.

One of less than ten cars in the MOMA New York permanent collection? Yessir.

Tail-fins more than a decade before this look would sweep automobile-dom?



28 total Nuvolari Spyders are thought to have been produced, so collecting any at less than half a million is a shrewd move.

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spyder


Villa Erba

25 May 2013

Lot 110

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM ‘Nuvolari’ Spyder by Carrozzeria Garella

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sold for €425.600

  • Chassis no. 002S

  • Engine no. 029

60 hp, 1,089 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, dry sump with two valves per cylinder, two 36 mm Weber carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension via lower wishbones and transverse leaf spring with telescopic dampers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic dampers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)

  • Unique all-steel prototype for the 202 Spyder

  • First raced by Cisitalia founder Piero Dusio

  • 1947 Mille Miglia works team car

  • Placed 4th overall at the 1947 Mille Miglia

Throughout the 1930s, Turinese texile industrialist Piero Dusio indulged his passion for motorsport. After winning his class on the 1937 Mille Miglia, he began to explore the possibilities of building his own racing cars. In 1946, the D46 single-seater appeared, built using readily-available Fiat mechanicals within a tubular steel space-frame chassis crafted at Cisitalia’s bicycle factory. The lightweight car swept all before it in the hands of Dusio and some of the greatest names of the day, such as Clemente Biondetti, Piero Taruffi, and Raymond Sommer.

Meanwhile, the D46 provided the foundations of Cisitalia’s first sports car, the 202, which was engineered by former Fiat aircraft designer Giovanni Savonuzzi. It was the racing variant, the 202 Spyder, which would write one of the greatest legends in motorsport at the 1947 Mille Miglia, when the maestro himself, Tazio Nuvolari, wrung a mighty performance from the little Cisitalia against the more powerful Alfa Romeo of Biondetti. Although suffering from the respiratory disease that would ultimately claim his life, the “Flying Mantuan” put in one of his most mesmerizing performances at the head of Cisitalia’s three-car works team.