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February 5th, 2018

The Maserati brothers were known for their focus on competition success. This remained unchanged after the sale of their namesake car company to the Orsi family and the formation of OSCA.

The OSCA 2000 S is one such car focused entirely on competition. It was heavily based on a single seater car designed by Ernesto Maserati for the Formula 2 series in 1952. The Formula 2 car achieved reasonable success at the hands of drivers like Elie Bayol and Louis Chiron.

The OSCA 2000 S was conceived as a way to recoup some of the money spent on the Formula 2 project. It featured the 2.0 litre straight six from the Formula 2 car. This was good for 150 hp by way of its 3 Weber carburetors. The body sat on a tubular frame with double-wishbone suspension at the front and a DeDion rear axle. Power was put down through a 5 speed manual.

Only five 2000 S’ were ever built. The car seen here and up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 sale is one of three cars with Morelli bodies. Built in 1954, this car scored a win at the 12 Hours of Messina in 1954 while being driven by its owner, Roberto Sgorbati. The car has seen large scale restoration work done to it and is a perfect example of now rare art of coachbuilt Italian sports cars.

Photos Courtesy- Dirk de Jager for RM Sotheby’s

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