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1948→1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204 A

1948→1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204 A

1948→1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204 A

With resources and talent from the defunct Cisitalia Automobili, Carlos Abarth started his own company called Abarth & C. in Turin and the 204 A roadster was his first car. He acquired the remnants of Cisitalia including the 204 which he had modified by Porsche to fit their torsion bar rear suspension.

Visually the cars appeared like a scaled-down version of the Cisitalia grand prix cars. The engine was derived from a Fiat 1089cc unit fitted with twin Webers.

The car was successfully raced in the 1949 season by the Cisitalia-Carlo Abarth Team in the 1200cc class. After wins by Pierro Taruffi at the Circuit of Reggio Emilia and the Aosta-Gran San Bernardo, it looked like Abarth was set to take the Grand Prix of Madrid. Unfortunately all the 204s failed, leaving victory to the Simca-Gordini. That year Taruffi still clinched the F2 title for sports cars.

By 1950, Abarth removed all the Cisitalia logos from the 204 and prepared extensively for Tazio Nuvolari’s drive in the 10th Giro de Sicilia. At 57 years old, this was Nuvolari’s last stab at professional racing. He won the Palmero-Monte Pellegrino hillcimb which was his last victory in professional racing. Nuvolari retired from the team before the great Sicilian race.

Story by Richard Owen

In Detail

tags etceterini
submitted by Richard Owen
type Racing Car
production years 1948 – 1950
released at 1948 Gran Prix of Vercelli
built at Turin, Italy
body stylist Giovanni Michelotti
coachbuilder Carrozzeria Vignale
engine Cisitalia Inline-4 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Twin DR4SP Weber Carburettors
valvetrain Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 2 Weber 36DR4SP Carburettors
displacement 1089 cc / 66.45 in³
bore 68 mm / 2.7 in
stroke 75 mm / 3.0 in
compression 11.8:1
power 61.9 kw / 83 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 76.22 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 101.47 bhp per tonne
body / frame Aluminum Body over Boxed Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Borrani Wires
front tires 5.00×15
rear tires 5.00×15
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 4.5 x 15 cm / 1.8 x 5.9 in
rear wheels R 5.0 x 15 cm / 2.0 x 5.9 in
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Porsche-Style Torsion Bars w/Trailing Links, Hydraulic Dampers
r suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
curb weight 818 kg / 1803 lbs
wheelbase 2100 mm / 82.7 in
front track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
rear track 1240 mm / 48.8 in
length 3900 mm / 153.5 in
width 1460 mm / 57.5 in
height 1165 mm / 45.9 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Single Plate Dry
final drive 3.7:1
top speed ~170.0 kph / 105.6 mph
fuel capacity 48 litres or 12.67 gal.