1962 Fiat O.S.C.A.

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1962
  • Mileage 
    88 000 km / 54 681 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    118S 009813
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Fiat 1500S and 1600S Spiders from 1959–1966 brought together three icons of Italian design and manufacture and produced excellent results. Industrial giant Fiat first introduced a Spider Roadster on the 1100-cubic centimeter chassis in 1955, but the body was a clumsy pastiche of American clichés, right down to the upright dogleg windshield and the Cadillac rear fender chrome.

The company credited Pininfarina with the design, but he strenuously denied it and offered to produce something more suitable. The result was a 1959 redesign that looked like a smaller but equally handsome version of the Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet. Fiat also contracted the Maserati brothers to manufacture their extremely successful MT4 racing engine under license, and a twin-cam 1,500-cubic centimeter version gave the new car 100 mph performance to match its looks.

Pininfarina assembled the 1500S and 1600S versions through the model’s run, but the cars were always badged as Fiats. It’s estimated that 3,089 of the 34,211 Fiat Spiders and Coupes built in this period were twin-cam OSCA-powered, and the 1959–1962 1500Ss can be recognized by their hood scoop.

Chassis 118S 009813 was sympathetically restored in Holland to a high standard and is ready to drive.