The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport: fluid harmony

 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport 1949 di Pininfarina

The 1949 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport showcased here belongs to a family of “revolutionary” cars that Pininfarina was commissioned by Piero Dusio – owner of the Turin-based company – in 1946.

A similar model is part of New York MoMA’s permanent collection, proving how this innovative car would forever mark a shift in the technical and aesthetic canons of automotive design.

The Cisitalia 202 was built as a single unit, according to research on racing cars’ aerodynamics; it was a huge breakthrough compared to the design approach that had prevailed until then, in which every part of the body was viewed as an autonomous element: the passenger section, the engine section, the headlights section…

The result is this masterpiece of harmony and fluidity, in which all parts join seamlessly and juxtapositions disappear.

It is beauty, uninterrupted.

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January 29, 2015