Vignale (not only) and Cisitalia
I have prepared a document that describes what is known (and a bit about how much is not known) about individual cars that were bodied (and some that were "perhaps bodied?") by Vignale. There are quite a number of cars that are described historically from documents thank in large part to research done by Lorenzo Boscarelli, Corrado Bellabarba and others, myself included. For many of those cars, we have no photographic evidence yet in hand to help us in identifying the body builder. Hence, I am quite certain that there are additional Vignale bodied cars that do not yet appear in the attached listing and some may be partially described historically.
Some caveats are necessary before you attempt to read the attached document. There is a huge amount of "data" (from older sources) that has proven to be highly flawed and it is quite likely that some errors remain. Some errors of the past are relatively minor. Some cars were listed with the chassis and engine numbers reversed. Others had incorrect suffixes. Some were not even close to being numbered as reported. Some bodies have proven to be different than described.
Some cars were overlooked or identified incorrectly seemingly because an assumption was made that two cars could not have the same chassis number ... which we now know is very possible with Cisitalia cars. I haven't made a precise count in quite some time, but there are clearly more than (I am confident that it is "many more than") twenty examples of two cars (or more) bearing the same chassis numbering. Sometimes there are changes in the suffix (or the addition of a suffix) and sometimes they have the same suffix. More than any other 1940's/1950's builder, Cisitalia set the stage for us to become highly confused if we pretend that a chassis number alone can describe any car adequately.
An Abarth book ("The Scorpion's Tale") was released recently that includes some of the highly flawed listings of the past. I saw some early proofs of the book and argued forcefully against their inclusion. They were a "new beginning" to a study more than 40 years ago and were somewhat useful ... even if confusing. Today, I consider them to be so completely misleading that they should be ignored. We have much better data! Even my own listings of 1994 (which corrected some of the errors) are hugely improved and expanded today.
I am now of the opinion that we MUST report the chassis number, engine number and coachbuilder (and the body number, if possible) to be certain we are discussing the same Cisitalia car ... if the car is not in front of us as we speak. Even then, if we wish to speak about it a day later when the car is not in front of us, there is a chance of becoming confused if some data from another similarly numbered car is accidently injected into the conversation.
Some Stabilimenti Farina bodied cars have triangular box-section structures supporting the engine lid ("cofano") that is typical of Carrozzeria Vignale work on other cars. Vignale did not always use that structure, but it is noticeably "Vignale" ... until one sees a few cars that bear Stabilimenti Farina body numbering and yet have the same structure. This requires more study but I can guess that the often-told story of some cars being started at one coachbuilder and then being wheeled to another for completion might help to explain this?
The owner (or a former owner?) of Cisitalia 202 0118SC sent some information and photos about four years ago and, for that reason, I am quite confident that it is a Vignale numbered car. If the car was wheeled from Vignale to Stabilimenti Farina for completion, this might explain Stabilimenti Farina badges on the car today ... except ... there is no indication it had those badges when the restoration began.
There is a lot more to learn about all of these cars, in part because of confusion that was perhaps intentional when Cisitalia was first building many of these cars. It does not help our studies when we continue to add to the confusion today.