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  OSCA 2000S
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1954
Numbers built:3
Price new:Lire 6,500,000
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 25, 2016
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Chassis: 2004
The second of three new 2000S chassis built ahead of the 1954 season, this car was bodied by Frua with an elegant Spider body. Fitted with the only twin-spark engine, it was raced extensively by its original owner Luigi Piotti in among others the Giro di Sicilia and the Mille Miglia. At the end of the year, the car was sold to the United States where it was acquired by John Mecom. It was raced by a subsequent owner in a variety of events before it was acquired by Jim Hall of Chaparral fame in 1958. He fitted the car with a small-block Chevrolet V8, which for good measure was also equipped with a supercharger. In this guise, the car was raced into the 1960s and even appeared in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

During the late 1970s, the well-raced OSCA was acquired by John Robson of South Carolina. He tried to track down the original, and very rare OSCA six-cylinder engine. He failed to do so but got in touch with Ernesto Maserati's son Alfieri, who supplied Robson with an experimental 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine. This had been built in 1954 for potential use in Formula 1 but was never fitted to a car. The slightly larger version of the original six-cylinder engine was rated at around 200 bhp. Among the subsequent owners was notorious collector Lord Charles Brocket but the car did escape the fate of some of the cars in his collection. In the ownership of Abba Kogan, it was completely restored during the early 2000s.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to sell the car at auction in 2007, it was acquired a few years later by its current, German custodian. Not happy with the result of the relatively recent restoration, he set about re-restoring the car once more. At this time many of the original panels discarded earlier were refitted and the car was re-finished in a period correct deep red with the Giro di Sicilia start numbers.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1954
First owner Luigi Piotti
License plate MI 238718
Last known location German Private Collection
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  Article Image gallery (24) 2004 Specifications