16 May 2013
No it's not the name of a loathsome disease, but rather of an Italian car and motor racing brand. The name means 'Compagnia Industriale Sportiva Italia'. What caught my eye with the company was the 202 sports car. The single shell coach work was ahead of its time and certainly very aerodynamic for its day. The engine was 1089cc, top speed of 165kph as it weighed only 780kgs. A beautiful car.
Unfortunately it was expensive to make as they were hand made, ensuring it a commercial flop. Only 200 or so were manufactured from 1947 including the spider model (soft top). Still, it set a standard for others in the future and deserves to be remembered.