1965 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato

The $169,000 achieved in Geneva for #99 represents an 82% appreciation in 48 months

Just before the outbreak of WWII, the Maserati brothers sold their company to industrialist Adolfo Orsi. Not long after the war was over, they decided their real interests lay in racing, and together they formed OSCA-short for the rather more cumbersome Officina Specializzata Costruzione Automobili Maserati.

A variety of racing endeavors followed-including an ambitious V12 Formula One project-but OSCAs shone in the smaller displacement classes. Frequent competitors in important races throughout Europe and America, they were driven by such notable pilots as Stirling Moss, Luigi Villoresi, and Prince Behra.

While producing a wide variety of two-seat racing cars-all clothed by local coachbuilders-OSCA was approached by Fiat to develop a larger version of OSCA’s existing twin-cam engine for use in the 1500S sports car. Shortly afterward, OSCA decided to offer a street car and the natural engine choice was a 1,600-cc version of the engine developed for Fiat.

The job of designing the coachwork fell to Zagato. Two versions were built: a normal roof design, as well as one of the prettiest cars of the era, the so-called double bubble coupes. While certainly a dramatic styling element, the roof-top bubbles were also practical, adding inches of headroom and incorporating vents at the rear to keep cabin temperatures down during races.

These cars, with their thoroughbred racing engines and nimble chassis, were among the best-looking road/race cars of their time. This exceptional, unrestored and original example is a U.S.-delivery car. It had only two owners in America and has been part of an important private collection in Switzerland.

The 1600 GT Zagatos all-alloy coachwork remains in excellent condition. Most of the paint is original; the interior is completely original and remarkably well-preserved. It comes with a U.S. title and a Swiss customs document.