Cisitalia 505DF by Ghia

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505DF by Ghia





Cisitalia was an Italian sports and racing car brand. The name "Cisitalia" derives from "Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia", a business conglomerate founded in Turin in 1946 and controlled by the wealthy industrialist and sportsman Piero Dusio. The Cisitalia 202 GT of 1946 is well known in the world as a "rolling sculpture".

Although the Cisitalia-Fords, designated Model 808, were a stillborn effort, Savonuzzi’s lines lived on in some Chrysler concept cars, notably the d’Elegance and the Thomas Special, also bodied by Ghia, and ultimately in Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia. Although the Ford project was progressing, Dusio decided to spin off Savonuzzi’s coupé as a European car, using the Fiat 1900 as a base. Thus emerged the 505 DF (for derivata Fiat), using the Fiat’s 1,901-cubic centimeter engine, which had been up-rated using a modified cylinder head and Weber 34 DR 6 carburettors on a Cisitalia manifold. Furthermore, the camshaft, pistons, and exhaust system were upgraded much like those on the Abarth cars of the same time period. The gearbox is the rare five-speed manual unit with overdrive.

The first 505 DF was shown at Salone Geneva in 1953.

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