1965 OSI 1200 S Cabriolet
Offered by Artcurial | Monaco | July 2, 2017
Photo – Artcurial
OSI – or Officine Stampaggi Industriali – was an Italian company that stamped parts for other cars. It was founded by Luiggi Segre, the head of Ghia. They built parts for the likes of Innocenti, Fiat, and Ford. But at the 1963 Turin Motor Show, OSI presented a car of their own, this, the 1200 S.
Powered by a Fiat 1.2-liter straight-four, the car features a body designed by Giovanni Michelotti. It’s an attractive small car, reminiscent of small Fiat spiders of the day. It looks great with the full rims and whitewalls.
Built between 1964 and 1966, it could be had as a coupe or convertible. Artcurial says only 28 of these were built, but other sources list that number as high as 280. A different source says about 200 were sold. However you stack it, they’re extremely rare. To be the only one one your block with one will set you back between $40,000-$60,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $27,247.
1967 OSI-Ford 20M TS Coupe by Ghia
Offered by Bonhams | Hendon, U.K. | April 28, 2014
Photo – Bonhams
Here’s a weird one. Officine Stampaggi Industriali was founded in 1960 in Turin by two men – one the former president of coachbuilder Ghia, the other from the Fergat automotive component manufacturing company. OSI built custom cars and bodies for other manufacturers. The company was absorbed into Fiat’s design office in 1968.
In 1967, OSI designed a sporty Italian coupe based off of the Ford Taunus 20M (hence the “20M” in this car’s name). The car has four seats and two engines were offered – this one uses the larger 2.3-liter V-6 making 106 horsepower. Top speed was about 112 mph. It wasn’t quick, taking over 11 seconds to hit 60 mph.
This car was recently restored and, because it is based on a very popular old Ford, it is easy and inexpensive to maintain. Only 409 2.3-liter coupes were built (and 870 with the 2.9-liter). Only about 200-300 of these cars (both engines) remain today, making them fairly rare. This one should sell for between $20,000-$27,000 – a nice price for a pretty Italian automobile. Click here for more info and here for more from Bonhams in Hendon.
Update: Sold $29,029.