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1947 Cisitalia D46 Monoposto

Extremely Well Documented History, Award Winning Restoration

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Price $400,000
VIN 20
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Red Leather
Engine 1100cc 4 Cylinder no. 32
Transmission Fiat 4-Speed
Status Hidden
Stock FJ734

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This car is not currently located at Fantasy Junction, but is available and can be viewed by appointment.


 


1947 Cisitalia D46 Monoposto
s/n 020, engine no. 32
Red with Red Interior

The name `Cisitalia` derives from `Consorzio Industriale Sportive Italia` a business conglomerate founded in Turin in 1946 and controlled by the wealthy industrialist and sportsman Piero Dusio. Dusio participated in a single World Championship Grand Prix, driving a Cisitalia D46.

Using Fiat parts as a base Dante Giacosa designed the D46 which made its successful debut in 1946. Giacosa had a vast knowledge of Fiat bits and pieces as he had designed the legendary 500 Fiat Topolino before WW II. The 1100cc engine and suspension were directly derived from Fiat`s production models but extensively modified for racing. The engine received dry sump lubrication and further tweaks considerably increased the power output to 60-70 bhp. With a space frame chassis and weighing less than 400 kg (880 lb) the available power was more than enough for competitive performance. The D46s started to dominate the voiturette series. Highly talented drivers like Tazio Nuvolari, Ascarai, and Taruffi, piloted D46s to multiple successes against more powerful but less effiecent older racing cars. One such success of Nuvolari`s is documented on the cover of Nino Balestra and Cesare De Agostini`s book Cisitalia where he is pictured crossing the finishing line to win the race while waving to the crowd with the steering wheel which had broken off!

The D46 is an absolutely gorgeous early post war racing car and holds many aesthetic features in common with the ultra sought after and expensive Grand Prix Maseratis of the era such as the 4CLT and the 4CM. Finite details such as the convex brookands screen, aero covered suspension arms, and the beautiful protruding horizontal grill ribs make the D46 and absolute joy to look at, even when it is not moving.

Indeed the D46 represented the most successful period for Cisitalia`s single seater racing efforts, and the company shortly withdrew from racing when the D46s successor, the Cisitalia 360 proved too expensive to finish.

This particular example is the 20th of approximately 30 D46s built and one of the very first to be equipped with larger side fuel tanks to extend the cars range to 500 kms without refueling. It was quite possible that s/n 020 was displayed in the Cisitalia stand at the Paris Auto Show in 1948, and was believed to be one of the Cisitalia factory team cars prior to being sold at the end of the 1948 season to Roger Loyer of `Ecurie Paris`.

Ownership history of this example has been well documented and confirmed by letters from the International Cisitalia Registry. Roger Loyer raced the car extensively throughout Europe before selling it to the Dale Brothers in Australia who also campaigned it actively in the Southern Hemisphere. While the D46 discussed here was a favorite among competitors, it was no match for the larger and often supercharged cars which it was forced to compete against. s/n 020 had several different owners in Australia, including Bill and Jim Leech, who had probably the most exotic stable of vintage and historic racing cars in Australia. We have on file an Australian log book detailing no less than 16 meetings where the car participated between 1967 and 1980 with the Leech brothers.

By the mid 1980s the car was sold to George Shelley of Florida who spent 10 years restoring it to exceptional show standards. Since restoration, s/n 020 has been shown at Amelia Island, and Concourse Italiano Michigan, among others, winning best of show or best in class at every outing. Shelley sold the car to the current owner, an active vintage racer and monoposto enthusiast in 2008.Today the car can be described as a Pebble Beach ready example, ideal for shows or vintage racing around the globe.

With the car comes the CSRG logbook, the Australian logbook (1967-1980) a poster board, outlining the history described here, and a myriad of articles, clippings, and sales advertisements confirming the history of this beautiful example.

 


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