This is the car that Arthur Drexler, director of the M.o.M.A. in New York, called a “sculpture in motion”, and in fact a closed version has been part of the museum’s permanent installation since 1951.
In fact, if you take a look at cars around the world produced in 1950, this one looks like it was designed ten years later. The design of the car is the work of Pininfarina but not all of them were built by the famous body shop, some examples were built by Vignale as – we seem to glimpse – this car in particular.
The seller says that this is a Koelliker special version, named after the famous (at the time) Milan-based importer of special cars from all over the world, ie it is a version fitted with more “options”. We do not know the differences with the standard version but one thing is certain: this car seems to be missing the bumpers, which is also very common. The seller also says that he is probably the second owner: the first was a leading figure in the Cisitalia world, as well as a driver and author of many publications in the automotive sector. The car is said to still have its original engine and to have participated in the Villa d’Este competition in 2014. Find it for sale at €480,000 (today $478,000) here in L’Aquila, Italy.