16.04.2009 Mythical Pininfarina DESIGNED Cisitalia 202 is back at the Car Museum in Turin


A Pininfarina milestone, the Cisitalia 202 dated 1947, is back at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino (National Car Museum of Turin), in the temporary location of the Torino Esposizioni’s pavillon Giovanni Agnelli. Hereby the "running sculpture", according to Arthur Drexler’s definition, can again be admired, after an accurate preservative restoration recently done at the Pininfarina premises of Cambiano (Turin).

The Cisitalia coming back to the collection coincides with the inauguration of the exhibition The Evolution of the Car, taking place at the Biscaretti di Ruffia Museum up to September 27. A unit identical to the one on show in Turin is still being displayed at the MoMa in New York, where the Cisitalia were defined one of the eight outstanding cars of our time. Realised on tubular chassis and manufactured in limited series (about 170 units, including convertibles) with aluminium body welded to a skeleton of fine sheet steel, had a design which marked a decisive turning point of the automotive style and established the Founder on the American press at that time as “that extraordinary designer called Pinin Farina”.

“We are grateful to the Museum for this initiative – stated Chairman Paolo Pininfarina during the inauguration of the exhibition – which allows us to enhance the complex and delicate restoration work done by our team. In 2005 my brother Andrea decided and started this important activity on the Cisitalia. With my sister Lorenza we strongly and enthusiastically wanted to keep our commitment with the Museum.”

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