1961 OSCA 1600GT Coupe

Brothers Ernesto, Ettore and Bindo Maserati, the vagabonds of the exotic car world, had sold their family company in 1947 to the Orsi family. They then returned from Modena to their original manufacturing home in Bologna where they established the company first known as “OSCA Maserati,” and subsequently just as “OSCA.”
Under this acronym-today so familiar to aficionados of fine Italian high-performance cars-they produced an initial series of small 1100cc sports racing cars, but speedily developed a big 4.5-liter Formula 1 V12 power unit that was intended to update existing Maserati 4CLT Grand Prix cars to compete in modern Formula 1 conditions.
In 1952 they produced a Formula 2 single-seater racing car, driven by Louis Chiron and Eli Bayol, but it was their sports racing cars that truly excelled in every available capacity class from 750cc through 1100 to 1500 and 2-liter competition. Their greatest success came in 1954 when their Briggs Cunningham-entered MT4, co-driven by Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd, actually won the Sebring 12 Hours outright.
The OSCA Tipo 1600 GT model was introduced in 1960. Its wheelbase was 2250mm, front track was 1270mm and rear track was 1218mm. The engine was a four-cylinder unit with an 80mm bore and a 78mm stroke, displacing 1568cc and quoted as producing 95 bhp in basic GT form. The GT Veloce model produced 125 bhp, and a GT Sport version produced 140 bhp.
The OSCA 1600 GT was considered ultra-modern in period. This particular example features the legendary Zagato “Double Bubble” form of aerodynamic coachwork, which yielded practical headroom provided by separately domed roof “bubbles” while still achieving minimum aerodynamic cross-section.
S/N 0093 has spent several years as part of a major Midwest collection in company with many of the most iconic cars of American competition history. In this ownership it has benefited from what is described as a thorough restoration of its body and engine, and we are advised that it runs well.