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O.S.C.A. – 2500 GT Dromos


Vehicle Overview

The OSCA 2500 GT is a prototype car born in 1998 from a partnership between Andrea Zagato (grandson of Ugo, founder of Zagato), former owner of Z Automobili, and the Japanese entrepreneur Shozo Fujita, founder of  “GMP Automobili” based in Solbiate Olona.

The 2500 GT was created to revive some glorious brands related to the Italian history of the automobile. Designed by Ercole Spada, a highly respected automotive designer in Italy and abroad. The latter defined the particular lines of the car, characterized by compact dimensions (it was only 4.09 meters long) and by a very low body (1.15 in height), with a two-seater passenger compartment. The construction of the car was entrusted to the Touring Superleggera bodywork, reconstituted in 1988 by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, son of the founder, in order to create an elite production of limited edition off-road cars).

As Andrea Zagato and Shozo Fujita all that remained was to finally decide the brand of this car and this decision proved to be one of the most difficult and uncertain, so much so that even today it is still the subject of some discussions. Officially the name dusted off was however that of the OSCA, famous during the middle of the last century for its racing cars.

In fact with the OSCA of the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century, the 2500 GT has some stylistic points in common, for example the choice of fairing headlights, a typical design of the sports cars of that period. The very low car body itself, combined with the compact proportions (even the overall dimensions were not exaggerated) recalls the characteristics of the classic period of Italian sports cars. Even the tail, with its particular raised design in the central area, is very reminiscent of both the style of the time and the professional DNA of Andrea Zagato, who grew up professionally in the family atelier, even if one cannot speak strictly of the typical “humps “that characterize the cars bodied by Zagato. A similar stylistic habit typical of Zagato can instead be found on the roof, where there are two bulges in correspondence of the two seats. Finally, even the glass surfaces are a tribute to the classicism of the car, in particular the panoramic rear window and windshield. There are also some concessions to modernity, for example in the queue, where the great air extractor stands out.

The 2500 GT was born from a tubular steel frame, light but resistant, on which MacPherson type front and rear suspensions with lower triangles and longitudinal arms were mounted. Two stabilizing bars were also mounted on the two axes. The engine chosen was of Subaru origin, and more precisely the 2457 cm³ unit already present on the Subaru Legacy of that period and capable of delivering a maximum power of 187 HP at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 235 Nm at 2800 r / min. With an empty mass of 780 kg, the car reached a top speed of almost 250 hours, covering the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 6 seconds.

The car was presented for the first time in 1999 and a second time in 2001 when its launch was imminent: the commercial objective of the 2500 GT Dromos was to be produced in a few hundred copies a year, but in reality the project was beached shortly after the first photos released by the specialized press and the car remained at the prototype stage and in a single copy.

Technical Specifications

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    2500 GT Dromos,2500 GT Dromus
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  • Photo credits
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  • Designer
    Ercole Spada

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