One of ten: 1953 Cisitalia 505 DF

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DF is for “Derivata Fiat” (Fiat derived) and that simply means that this expensive (then and now) car was based on the reliable and rock-solid Fiat 1900 platform.

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Of course when it was unveiled at the 1953 Geneva Salon, it was not just a Fiat 1900 with a different body as Cisitalia clients were used to something more than a coachbuilt body, so the engine was modifed with a diffeent head, camshaft and a couple of carburetors instead of only one. This rised the power to 85 hp, a very good number in 1953.

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This particular car is said to be the only one survived which is in perfectly working conditions. Actually, it looks perfect under anu point of view: it has been clearly professionally restored in Ohio, U.S.A., at a cost of $230,000 and now it’s on the market here at €268,000 (today $322,000).

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