1963 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato Coupe

OSCA 1600 GT Zagato Coupe

This one is for all of you who made the trip to Lime Rock with me and remember the beautiful little LeMans winning OSCA we saw in both the paddock and on the track. Woulter Melissen has, again, done just a superb job of capturing another notable car including some wonderful historical notes about the role of the Maserati brothers in the OSCA’s development.

With sales of the once very successful OSCA sports racers dwindling, the Maserati brothers were forced to look for other sources of income towards the end of the 1950s. The first fundamental change was an engine partnership with Fiat, who were looking to expand their range with a new high performance model. In this arrangement, Fiat would manufacture a sophisticated twin-cam, four cylinder engine following an OSCA design.

In return, the Maserati brothers would also receive complete engines at but a fraction of the cost compared to one built in-house. It is unknown if OSCA received a substantial licensing fee but at least the arrangement opened new doors for the small company. The foremost was the possibility to produce a brand new production car that could be offered for a relatively competitive price. Known as the 1600 GT this duly appeared at the 1960 Turin Motor Show.  More…