1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136

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1957 FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé Chassis no. 118S002073 Engine no. 118.00.00136

Sold for € 34,500 (US$ 38,208) inc. premium
1957 FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Viotti

Chassis no. 118S002073
Engine no. 118.00.00136
OSCA's outstanding success in international sports car racing led to its advanced twin-overhead-camshaft engine being taken up by FIAT, for whom it was 'productionised' by ex-Ferrari designer, Aurelio Lampredi. OSCA - Officine Specializzate per la Costruzione Automobili Fratelli Maserati - had been founded immediately after WW2 by the three surviving Maserati brothers, who had sold out to the Orsi Group in 1937. One of the reasons for the Maserati brothers' departure was that they did not want to be involved in making road cars - they were racers pure and simple - and OSCA was set up to manufacture limited edition competition cars.

OSCAs performed magnificently in international sports car racing throughout the 1950s. In the 1954 Sebring 12-Hours, a round of the World Sports Car Championship, privately entered 1.5-litre OSCAs finished 1st, 4th and 5th against works teams in a category with no limit on engine capacity, an achievement as outstanding as it was unexpected. OSCAs took class wins in the Mille Miglia on ten occasions and also won the Index of Performance at Le Mans.

The first FIAT models to receive the OSCA-derived engine were the 1500 coupé and cabriolet, which were first introduced in 1959. Maximum power was reduced from 125bhp to 80bhp, but that still meant a top speed of 105mph and a 0-60mph time of 10.6 seconds. Dunlop disc brakes were standard from 1960. In 1962 FIAT introduced the milder, overhead-valve engined 1500 coupé/cabriolet but the authentic OSCA-powered original is the one to have.

The red FIAT-OSCA 1500 offered here wears fixed-head coupé coachwork by Carrozzeria Viotti. Founded in Turin in the early 1920s, Vittorino Viotti's carrozzeria built bodies for (mainly) Alfa Romeo, Lancia and FIAT, mass-producing many special-bodied models for the latter. Famed designers such as Frua and Revelli worked for Viotti, producing many uniquely beautiful bespoke creations, and it is intriguing to speculate on who may have been responsible for this stylish FIAT-OSCA Coupé, most probably a young Pietro Frua. Originally finished in dark blue with black interior the car was registered on 14.6.1960 by the second owner in Switzerland. It was then imported to Germany and restored in 1990 by Motor-Klassik contributor Klaus Riemann.

Recent research by a German FIVA inspector confirmed that the car was manufactured on 1.7.1957 as one of two pre production cars with internal filler caps unlike the 10 later cars with external ones.

This actual car featured in Oldtimer Markt magazine's November 1998 issue. Purchased by the current private owner at Essen in 2007 and displayed at the Concours d'Elegance in Schloss Dyk in August of that same year, it is described by the vendor as in wonderful condition throughout.

The car is offered with a FIVA ID Card A/3 No. 042077 – issued 29.03 2011, a copy of the Oldtimer Markt article and German registration/roadworthiness papers. A suitable motor car for pre-1957 eligible events or concours d'élégance.

Cette FIAT-OSCA 1500 carrossée en coupé par Viotti ajoute au style le superbe moteur OSCA à 2 ACT des frères Maserati revu par Lampredi chez FIAT. Restaurée en 1990 en Allemagne, elle est livrée neuve en bleu foncé avec intérieur noir. Acquise à Essen dans un état magnifique en 2007 par l'actuel vendeur , elle a participé au concours d'élégance de Schloss Dyk la même année. Elle est accompagnée de sa carte d'identité FIVA A/3 n° 042077 de 2011, d'une copie de l'article d'Oldtimer Markt et de ses papiers d'immatriculation et de circulation allemands. Une automobile idéale pour les concours ou les manifestations réservés aux voitures d'avant 1957.
1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136
1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136
1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136
1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136
1957  FIAT-OSCA 1500 S Coupé   Chassis no. 118S002073  Engine no. 118.00.00136
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