1947-1952 Cisitalia 202 coupe

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Designed by Pinin Farina and Giovanni Savonuzzi
Cisitalia founder Piero Dusio gave the following instructions to his engineer Giovanni Savonuzzi: "I want a car that is wide like my Buick, low like a grand prix [racing car], comfortable like a Rolls-Royce, and light like our single-seater D46." The talented Savonuzzi sketched out the 202 coupe, and the project was then given to Pinin Farina. The production design was so well received that in 1951, only four years after first coming to market, the Cisitalia 202 entered the Museum of Modern Art. It remains part of MOMA's permanent collection.

Though the design was extremely advanced for 1947, the proportions are off, when considered against all cars. The roof is too high, the fastback awkwardly sloped and the crease line in front of the rear wheel a throwback to separate fenders. The car was a design milepost, but not a destination.

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