1961 Osca 1600 GTS news, pictures, and information
The endeavors of the newly formed OSCA Company were similar to the early years of the Maserati Company - the focus was on building racing cars. The early cars were powered by a one-liter engine, and weighed in at less than 1,000 pounds. One of the earliest cars was the MT4, which was instantly successful in competition, earning many victories and evening a class victory at the 1953 LeMans. Another source of income for the OSCA Company was supplying 1500cc and 1600cc twin cam engines to Fiat.
As the 1950s came to a close, the brothers began expanding their catalog to include road going cars. One such example was the 1600 GTS, fitted with a 1600cc engine and offering 140 horsepower. It featured double overhead camshafts, twin side draft Webers and four-wheel disc brakes. There were just 128 examples of this model produced and they were bodied by Boneschi, Fissori and Zagato. Only 32 examples had the 'double bubble' Zagato body.
The Zagato body opened their doors in1 919, and specialized in lightweight, sleek and generally timeless styling efforts.
This example has been prepared for both rally and track use. It has performed well on multiple Colorado Grand tours. Changes for racing include special wheels, a roll bar and lightweight glass.
In 1963, the Maserati brothers sold the OSCA company to Augusta and continued to do design work for Augusta until 1966.
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