Lot 20 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Sold for £23,625
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: YNF548A
Chassis No: 118SB029466
This pretty left-hand drive two-seater is a rare model of which only five/six other examples are thought to reside in the UK. Imported from its native Italy in 2014, it successfully combines classic Pininfarina styling with the Maserati brothers’ sonorous 1600 S twin-cam engine. The subject of an earlier restoration, the Fiat has more recently been treated to a re-trim in White-piped Black leather, plus new carpets and a mohair hood. It has subsequently attended a number of historic car club events, (at one of which it won the ‘best Fiat’ award), and also taken part in the 2016 Rallye des Jonquilles. The vendor presently views the bodywork and engine as ‘very good’ and the paintwork/chrome as ‘good’. This attractive proposition is now offered complete with rare colour-matched hardtop, Fiat sales brochure, workshop manual, copies of various Italian documents, selection of spare parts, and a tailored car cover in the colours of the Italian flag.
We are indebted to the Vendor for the following information:
Fiat 1600s Osca Cabriolet, imported from Italy in 2014, a rare car, it is thought that there are just five or six others in the UK. Combining Pinifarina styling with the Maserati brothers' 1600S twin-cam engine, this wonderful FIAT-OSCA cabriolet not only represents the pinnacle of this model series, but also comes with a rare and remarkably complementing hard-top. This Fiat was treated to a re-trim, black leather complimented by white piping, new carpets and mohair hood. This 1600s has since attended a number of historic club events, at one of these it won “best Fiat” and it was invited into the Clubhouse parking area at a Brooklands Auto-Italia day. It also took part in the 2016 Rallye des Jonquilles.
Distinguishing the 1600s from its smaller engine counterparts, ably assisted by twin down-draught webers the twin-cam engine produced 100bhp and a claimed top speed of 175 km/h. Styling changes included twin headlights, a passenger foot rest, opening quarter-lights, re-styled dash and a wood-rim Nardi steering wheel. Offered with original Fiat sales brochure, workshop manual, copies of various Italian documents, various spare parts and a tailored white/green/red car cover is included with the sale. Due to their rarity, it is not very often that Fiat OSCA’s are offered for sale especially not the more desirable larger engined 1600S. Presenting the best of both worlds, enjoy cabriolet cruising or the practicalities of hard top motoring, either way this is a very desirable classic that is ready to be enjoyed.