In 1937 the three surviving Maserati brothers sold their company to the Orsi Group and after World War 2 the brothers founded Officine Specializzate per la Costruzione Automobili Fratelli Maserati – OSCA for short – to build limited edition competition cars.
One of the main reasons for the Maserati brothers to set up the brand OSCA was that they did not want to be involved in making road cars. They wanted to make pure cars with racing pedigree in mind.
The brand OSCA performed magnificently in international sports car racing throughout the 1950s. In the 1954 Sebring 12-Hours, some privately entered 1.5-litre OSCA’s finished 1st, 4th and 5th against works teams in a category with no limit on engine capacity. An achievement which was outstanding as it was unexpected.
Furthermore a variety of OSCAs took class wins in the Mille Miglia on ten occasions and also won the Index of Performance at Le Mans.
OSCA was a very small company, never making more than 30 cars in a single year, all of which were intended with competition in mind.
Its first offering, introduced in 1948, was the MT4 (Maserati Tipo 4), a small siluro powered by a 1,092cc overhead-camshaft engine, which was immediately successful in the hands of Luigi Villoresi. Enlarged in stages up to 1,491cc and given a twin-cam cylinder head, the OSCA engine was later taken up by FIAT, for whom it was ‘productionised’ by ex-Ferrari designer, Aurelio Lampredi.
The resulting Osca 1600 GTs were bodied by the best coachbuilders possible as the brothers wanted to offer the best of the best, as chosen by clients who valued exclusivity : Zagato, Fissore, Michelotti, Touring, Boneschi…
The largest part of the 1600 GTs were coachbuilt by Zagato (98 ex). This particular 1600 GT2 is one of only 21 coupés built by Fissore.
Carrozzeria Fissore was an Italian coachbuilder located in Savigliano, near Turin (Piedmont).
The Coupé Fissore was coachbuilt in steel, with a light alloy bonnet, bootlid and doors. The word that comes to mind when admiring the design of this coupé is ‘purity’: its sleek lines and absence of distracting details result in a car that looks stunning from every angle!
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
The Osca 1600 GT presented has the tubular chassis designed by the Maserati brothers and the most powerful engine used for the 24 examples bodied by Fissore: a four-cylinder twin-cam with double Weber 42 carburettors.
The frame is tubular with independent wheels, manufactured by Gilco, who is a manufacturer company of the sport frames of the sports prototypes and Formula 2 Ferraris and Maseratis during the ’60’s. This example has the very desirable original magnesium wheels from Campagnolo Amdaori.
This OSCA 1600 GT 2 from 1964, is one of approximately 300 OSCA’s ever built. From this specific body made by Fissore, only 21 coupés are built and 3 cabrios. This specific example is a beautiful “matching number” example that has been very nicely restored with keeping it’s originality in mind. Original pictures of the restoration are present.
The car has an impressive history: first owner was Salvatore Ferragamo SPA, after it remained more than 30 years in Italy and was part of the Righini collection in Bologna, 10 years in ownership of an Italian collector. Very well documented, the car has FIVA papers and ASI passport. A really fantastic car for rallies and special events.
Personally we like this car so incredibly much. The looks of the car are so impressively nice. The car is full of nice details and the car is so incredibly special due to the very low amount of cars which are built.
The exterior is in a wonderful condition but not too nicely restored. As described above the cars were made with the intention to use for competition and a competition car is never a concours car.
This example is very very nice but not a mint concours car. The paint is very nice and the doors are fitting very properly with excellent gaps.
The aluminium parts are nice and show a bit of patina. Exactly perfect for this car.
The chrome is very nice throughout even as the original wheels.
The front window show some wearing because of the use of the wipers but again this is a nice patina.
The interior is absolutely amazing as it seems to be completely original. The seats but also the wonderful carpets (please look carefully at the pictures for the design) are still completely original and in a very nice condition.
Honestly we never had an OSCA before and we only knew from books that these cars are very unique and racy. We immediately recognized this after we were sitting in the car. It is immediately clear that the car is made for serious drivers as the driver position is excellent made with the exact correct position of the steering wheel in combination with the seats. It is difficult to describe but the car is a sort of built around the driver.
The thin wooden steering wheel lies exactly perfect in the hand but even more beautiful are the meters in the cockpit which are all from Jaeger. It’s so difficult to describe in words how these meters give an extra feeling to be in a serious drivers car. The way they show the speed but also the design bring you back to the 60’s in Italy.
The patina in the interior is excellent. It is believed that this example only drove around 80.000 kilometers during it’s life which seems absolutely correct if we take a look at the fantastic condition of the interior .
Driving the OSCA is absolutely fantastic. The sound of the engine is fabulous but also the handling is difficult to describe as it is soo good.
If the steering wheel is turned for some millimeters it can be felt in the car.
But also the response on the gas pedal is so incredibly direct.
These cars are really built for people who want to drive serious cars.
The car is shifting excellent without any strange noises, starting on the button and also braking immediately.
The OSCA comes with a file that includes documentation on its homologation, registration paper on the name of Salvatore Ferragamo Spa from Florence, from the Osca 1600 GT register, the manual for the model, a period advertisement showing the Osca in a magazine, and various articles collected, providing valuable information on a model that has not been widely documented.
This attractive Osca offers a rare opportunity to possess a piece of this glorious chapter in the history of Italian automobiles.