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O.S.C.A. – 1600 GT Zagato


Vehicle Overview

In 1947, with their contract to Maserati-buyer Adolfo Orsi fulfilled, the Maserati brothers finally left their namesake company, disenchanted with management’s growing focus on road-going GT cars. Returning to their original location in Bologna, the Maseratis founded the Officine Specializzate Costruzioni Automobili, or OSCA. With a competition mandate, OSCA developed a spider-bodied racer powered by a new inline four-cylinder engine called the Maserati Tipo 4. Instantly competitive and featuring ever-evolving engine displacements, the MT4 reached its zenith in 1954 at the 12-Hours of Sebring, when Stirling Moss drove one to victory for Briggs Cunningham’s team. On the back of this success, and not impervious the need to sell cars, OSCA engineered a dual-purpose berlinetta in 1960, incorporating a 1,568-cubic centimetre version of the twin-cam engine they had recently developed. Dubbed the 1600 GT, the new car was available with several different bodies, but none prettier than the double-bubble coupes produced by Zagato. Only approximately 98 examples of the Zagato-bodied 1600 GT were manufactured, and the unique berlinettas remain among the most prized of the early-1960s, boutique, Italian, dual purpose cars.

Technical Specifications

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    1600 GT
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  • Designer
    Ercole Spada

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