Founded in 1960 by Ghia director Luigi Segre, Carrozzeria OSI is one of the less well-known Italian coachbuilders. However, the company was closely affiliated with Ghia as it effectively acted as that firm’s pressings and production wing. Then in 1963 OSI started building cars under its own name, and produced some spectacular show cars such as the Bisiluro Silver Fox, the Scarabeo and the OSI City. OSI production cars included an elegant saloon based on the Alfa Romeo 2600 and a rather gorgeous coupe based on the Ford Taunus 20M that was briefly sold through European Ford dealerships. In some countries the car was sold as Neckar, Fiat’s German cooperation with NSU.
The Fiat 1200 OSI is one of Michelotti’s many design creations. Back then, car builders could buy a chassis with all mechanical components directly from Fiat, and then dress it accordingly. Like many of the special cars built in Italy during that period, this car is an open spyder built on a Fiat platform; in this case by OSI using the chassis and engine of the Fiat 1100D which, despite its name, had a 1,200cc engine. Although OSI ceased coachbuilding activities in 1968, it did leave its little mark in the annuls of automotive history.
This rare Fiat 1200 S OSI – just 280 were built – was in the San Marino Museum for the last 25 years. It was originally finished in a light blue colour, but is now repainted in red. This lovely and special little cabriolet is in unrestored condition, and oozing Italian charm it is a very collectable car.
Dieser seltene Fiat 1200 S OSI – von nur 280 erbauten – stand in den letzten 25 Jahren im San Marino Museum. Ursprünglich wurde es in einem Hellblau gefertigt, doch wurde es in Rot umlackiert. Dieser schicke und spezielle kleine Cabriolet ist in unrestauriertem Zustand und mit seinem italienischen Charme ein Sammlerstück.