I think the little Osca is one of the prettiest little cars around in this price class! OSCA, of course, is what the Maserati Brothers did with their lives after selling their names and their lives’ work (up to that point) to the Orsi Group in 1937. They were racers at heart, and unlike Ferrari a decade later (and, indeed, the Orsi-owned Maserati marque), didn’t want to be fussed with production cars to pay for the venture. The brothers Maserati just wanted to build competition cars–whole cars (chassis, engines, the lot)–and go race ’em. And when their ten-year contractual employment with Orsi ended, they did exactly that.
Exterior: Repainted long time ago and still looks nice. Good chrome and original glass. Some of the rubber parts are a little dry, but still doing their job of keeping the water out. This is the updated and last 1600s Osca that came in 1963 with flat hood and extra lights in the grill. In these pics well fitting Cromodora wheels from a Dino. But also the original steel wheels with hubcaps are along with the car.
Interior: Wonderful red leather complimenting the outside dark blue very nicely. All instruments in very good condition and that beautiful original Nardi steering wheel.
Engine: Some may confuse OSCA’s engine with Fiat’s own homegrown 1,500cc pushrod four, which was in production around the same time, and believe that OSCA’s alloy twin-cam head (with chain-driven cams and mechanical tensioners) was fitted to a standard-issue Fiat block. Not true: Fiat’s 1,500 was derived from the Lampredi-designed 1,800/2,100/2,300 inline-six (indeed, this 1,500 was two-thirds of the 2,100cc version). Part of the confusion, beyond similar displacements, lies with the notion that Fiat themselves built the OSCA engines–although they were hardly mass produced, requiring plenty of fettling by hand. But the cast-iron block is completely different from a production-line Fiat unit, and the pistons, rods and crank were forged, rather than cast as Fiat’s passenger-car-engine pieces were. Standard-issue OSCA engines received a single Weber carburetor, while the upgraded S model received twin side-draft Webers; other visual tells between the Fiat and OSCA 1,500s include a tubular header in lieu of an exhaust manifold, the aluminum engine front cover and the finned oil pan. The engine in the car is just broken in and the oil is like pure honey still.
2019-04 a service with new oil and filter, all fluids checked, spark plugs, a new exhaust system and the brakes where also serviced. Then the car was taken trough technical inspection (TUF) here in Sweden.
History: This car was sold new in Verona in 1964 and the man I bought this car from had it since 1975! Having worked at FIAT, he picked this very special car to cherish and own for many years. I bought the car in Verona 2016.
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