Cisitalia (i.e. Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia) was founded in Turin in 1946 by Piero Dusio with the purpose to manufacture simple and cheap racing cars. Supported by Piero Taruffi’s advice, Dusio made his first racing appearance with the 1,100cc small and fast single-seater D46, his first creation, at the Brezzi Cup on Sept. 3, 1946, in Turin. Seven cars were given to seven great drivers: Nuvolari, Taruffi, Biondetti, Cortese, Sommer, Chiron, and Dusio himself: it was a great victory with three cars at the first three places. An automobile myth was born; a Cisitalia 202 coupé designed by Pinin Farina is still exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as an example of self-moving sculpture. In 1964 Cisitalia stopped the production and went into the legend.
The 850 GT coupes and spiders were the last Cisitalias manufactured before the factory closed permanently. The mechanical components come directly from Fiat 600 with the engine enlarged to 850cc, front disc brakes and higher performances. Many 850 GTs were sold to Argentina, where Cisitalia ICSA was active in Buenos Aires, until 1964 when it was closed together with its Italian headquarter.