This car, shown at the rainy March
23, 1958 SCCA race event at Stockton airport in Northern California Stockton,
has earned full-scale "Mystery Car" status.
Stu "Dr. Etceterini" Schaller, an expert
on small-bore Italian sports/racers, identified the car as a Cisitalia.
A look at the Cisitalia website (Entrar-Galeria-
Pasado-2-6) shows the "Cisitalia 202 SMM Spyder Nuvolari". The
details of that car and this one match up, except for one thing -- that
pesky Maserati trident in this car's grille!
Here's more from Stu "Dr. Etceterini"
Schaller on this car:
"I think the car might even be one particular
car, called the Razzo, rather than a "standard" Nuvolari spider.
If you look close, you can see kind of wings at the top of the front wheel
arches, and as far as I am aware, the Razzo was the only Cisitalia spider
that had them. The Razzo
also had cut down doors, but it is impossible to see if the car has
them in the photos shown. Regardless, I am 100% certain that
it is a Cisitalia; you can even see the Cisitalia badge between on the
top of the nose of the car, in front of the hood. The standard
motor would have been 1100cc, but it is certainly possible a 1500 or 2
liter Maserati A6 motor could have been put in the car."
Did someone actually transplant
a rare, fragile, expensive and exotic Maserati A6GCS engine into a super-exotic
one-off Cisitalia Spyder?
Stu & I started a discussion of this
car on the Atlas
F1 "Nostalgia Forum".