This Italian period race-winning beauty is a 1950 OSCA MT4-2AD 1100 and it’s one of approximately 72 MT4-based examples…
Just in case you’re scratching that overzealous petrolhead thinking what the hell is an OSCA MT4-2AD 1100… It’s the product of the Maserati brotherly trio that found themselves without anything to occupy their busy engineering minds after full control of the family marque was handed to Adolfo Orsi in 1947.
Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili—Fratelli Maserati S.p.A. – or OSCA, for short, was founded by the entrepreneurial threesome in a bid to produce racing machines that would or could compete at the highest level, much like Maserati had accomplished in the early days.
Their chosen production location for developing a car to compete in the 1,100-cc class of racing was of course in close proximity to Bologna, Italy where Maserati was first based. Arise the OSCA MT4 – abbreviated from Maserati Tipo 4, and with a direct reference to its four-cylinder engine which used a Fiat-derived block and was built as a 1,092-cc powertrain.
What followed was an upgraded new twin-cam cylinder head on the MT4 which would increase the power to a maximum of 99 bhp at 6,300 rpm while retaining the same cubic capacity and still eligible for the 1,100-cc class of racing that was popular at the time… the MT4-2AD was born.
This particular MT4-2AD 1100 is recorded as the second built and proudly wears chassis number 1112. This highly coveted 1950 example moves away from the Barchetta shape of many other early OSCA models, instead of moulded in the siluro style; like a torpedo, for maximum aerodynamic efficiency on the race track, while employing a minimalistic design for weight saving in key areas.
The illustrious chassis number 1112 burst onto the racing scene in Italy upon its completed construction and is documented to have finished in second place overall at the Grand Prix de Modena in 1950, piloted by Francesco Nissotti.
The following year, Nissotti went back to Modena and won outright. More podium finishes came with Nissotti behind the wheel, finishing third in class at the Circuit de Gardia (F2) and second overall at the Grand Prix (Voiturette) in Monza.
RM Sotheby’s report the car as being raced by another competitor from the USA in the late-1950s before moving back to Europe, driven to first in its class at the 1961 Trofeo Nicangeli by Francesco Maria Battibocca before a handful more race appearances, then being retired from competitive events.
Without a doubt, one of the most desirable hand-made Italian racing cars of the 1950s for any prospective collector.
How much will it cost me?
As with anything driven by style, integrity, and nostalgia, it comes at a premium – in this case, €850,000…
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