Nuvolari’s Cisitalia Abarth should raise 2 million
The Cisitalia Abarth 204 A Spyder Corsa was the last racing car in which Tazio Nuvolari competed. This rare museum piece will today be auctioned by auctioning house Coys in Monte Carlo. The bygone Torinese name Cisitalia and the one of Nuvolari represent a very interesting chapter in the history of the Italian auto sport. This particular model is about the most prestigious thing Abarth has ever realized and it was also the first racing car to wear the badge with the scorpion. And then there’s the fact that this was the very last car in which the famous driver from Mantova competed in. A steep price tag you say? Not with this history attached to it… The car is supposed to raise 1,4 to 1,8 million euros, but given its rarity and the story behind the car, even 2 million is perfectly possible.
The Cisitalia of the ‘Mantovano volante’ (‘the flying Mantovian’) wears chassis number 4 and is fitted with the engine block type 106 with a mere 1089 cc and 62 hp. This über-Abarth with Cisitalia basis was steered upwards from Palermo to Monte Pellegrino on April 10th 1950. Nuvolari was 58 years old back then and of course won in the 1100-ranking and became fifth in the general ranking. The legend passed away three years later and only 8 specimens of this Cisitalia 204 A Spyder were ever made. Carlo Abarth (right in the upper picture) only worked on this very unit when the famous driver himself asked him to. Nuvolari drove it a second time in Sicily and not just in any race; in the Targa Florio. Unfortunately though, he was forced to quit the race. Later on the car was used for the Squadra Corse Abarth in several races throughout Europe, after which it disappeared to Argentina. But it was retrieved, restored and now on sale.