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This year's G.P. was for Formula II cars and consequently lap speeds were down by 20 seconds or more and a lot of the glamour of past Italian G.P.s was lost; however, some consolation was gained from the wealth of technical interest antong the unblown 2-litre cars and also by the many new contestants, especially from Great Britain.
The two practice days saw immense activity as the regulations permitted only the 24 fastest cars to compete and 34 were present to do battle. On the first day the new 2-litre Cisitalia eliminated itself quite unintentionally by scattering a rod and most of its crankcase over the track; this was an o.h.v. four-cylinder, with four Del Orto motor-cycle carburetters, mounted in a typical Cisitalia multi-tube chassis with independent suspension all round, transverse leaf spring and wishbones at the front and a combination of radius tubes and wishbones at the rear, with he outer universal joint of each half axle mounted in the wheel hub.