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Lot 116

1954 Cisitalia 33DF Voloradente

  • Chassis no. 00510
  • Engine no. 0510

Sold for €128.800

69 hp, 1,089 cc inline four-cylinder engine with dual Weber carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,420 mm (95.3 in.)

  • Extremely rare variant of an iconic Italian sports car
  • Elegant styling by an ex-Pininfarina designer
  • Historic competition history
  • Beautiful, fresh restoration

In 1953, the Cisitalia 33DF Voloradente (translated in English to “flyby”), was introduced as the successor to the remarkable 202 series. No more than 15 are believed to have been built, in both berlinetta and spider configurations. (Of those, reportedly only three are known to remain in existence.)

Designed by Aldo Brovarone (whose résumé includes an estimable stint with Pininfarina), its attractive shape, formed from lightweight aluminium, has aged delightfully. Even with its small capacity engine, the 33DF was said to achieve 170 km/hr, and with ventilated alloy drum brakes and supple suspension, it offered exhilarating performance wrapped in an elegant package with exquisite appointments.

Chassis 00510 was sold new in Rome, and then, as early as 1972, the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) certified it as a historic vehicle, owned by Felice Marchese, of Milan. Concurring with supplied documentation, the 33DF appeared in numerous Italian and Swiss historic rally and hill climb events, with notable results. Drivers included Introzzi and Ganoglio, as well as Marchese, who owned the car for several decades, until his death.

In 2008, this rare jewel was beautifully restored in Italy, with its engine fully recommissioned, including new pistons, rods, and bearings, and all of the components were inspected and replaced, as necessary. This impressive restoration remains fresh today, as the car has been driven very sparingly since its completion.

This lovely Cisitalia represents a pinnacle of Italian ingenuity and style, and today, it should be considered a captivating choice for classic rallies or concours events.

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