After WW2 the three surviving Maserati brothers founded Officine Specializzate per la Costruzione Automobili Fratelli Maserati – OSCA – to build limited edition competition cars. OSCA was a tiny company, never making more than 30 cars in a single year, all of which were intended for racing.
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.
At the same time as its twin-cam engine was powering FIAT’s range-topping sports cars, OSCA began producing its own GT cars, reversing the policy that had prompted the brothers to leave Maserati. In 1962 the engine was enlarged to 1,568cc for the otherwise virtually identical 1600S model. Power went up to 100bhp and the top speed to 175 km/h.
Combining Pinifarina styling with the Maserati brothers’ 1600S twin-cam engine, this wonderful FIAT-OSCA cabriolet not only represents the pinnacle of this model series, but also comes with a rare and remarkably complementing hard-top. Offering both the same practicality and arguably sportier look to its coupe counterpart whilst fitted with its Hard-top, one is also equipped and ready to enjoy top-down cruising with the comfort of a newly trimmed soft-top. What else could one wish for.
Imported by the current owner from Italy in 2014 when it was re-trimmed in black leather and fitted with new carpets and hood. This car has since attended a number of historic club events, at one of these it won “best Fiat” and it was invited into the Clubhouse parking area at a Brooklands Auto-Italia day. It also took part in the 2016 Rallye des Jonquilles.
Offered with its UK V5 registration document, MOT and a copy of its previous Italian Libretto, two original UK sales brochure and the period workshop manual.
Due to their rarity, it is not very often that Fiat OSCA’s are offered for sale especially not the more desirable larger engined 1600S, and this particular example is in fact the first one we have seen in a very long time to still retain its hard-top and represents a fantastic investment opportunity. Not to be missed.