As for the Cisitalia firm, its Wikipedia entry is here and a Web site devoted to it can be found here.
The Cisitalia 202 was designed in 1946 by Battista "Pinin" Farina, head of the Pininfarina coachbuilding firm. Many observers think that the Cisitalia was his most significant design, because it set the scene for the torrent of outstanding Italian designs in the late 1940s and through the 1950s. Let's take a look.
The main functional defect of the design seems to be the lack of a trunk lid. Perhaps that's because the car had a very small area available for storage. At the rear, there is what appears to be an access panel for a spare tire.
The car's proportions are driven by the engineering package. The hood is fairly long, but that doesn't matter because the car is pretty small. The steering wheel is placed at about the midpoint of the length of the car, so the driver's head is a short ways aft of center. The overall concept features an integral, "envelope" body. However, it is not a bland blob because the front and rear fenders are still somewhat distinct, adding interest. Allowing the rear fender its own shape relieves what might otherwise have been a slab-sided look such as can be seen on contemporaneous designs such as the 1947 Kaiser. The 1947 Studebaker also retained a distinct rear fender for the same reason.
Besides its good proportions and carefully stated details, Farina did make one bold move: he dropped the hood to near fender-level, a featured picked up by many later designs. Here too there was precedent in certain prewar racing cars. So while Farina was not innovative on the Cisitalia, it was his outstanding design ability that allowed him to pull the various features into one place in an extremely tasteful manner.