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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ebay Finds: the Italian Hipster

Think back a bit.  Does anyone remember when hipsters were actually cool?  No, I didn't think so!  They kind of just appeared one day en masse without warning and took over the local bars, cafes, sidewalks, bookstores, and parks with their all natural cigarettes and cans of PBR.  Now, I'll admit if I could remember the day that the first hipster crawled out of the primordial ooze, I may have thought that this trust fund baby is really sticking it to the establishment with his unkempt mane, "screw you, modern fashion industry" attire, and "music that you probably never heard of."  Then, I came across this:

This is an OSCA 1600 GT Zagato from 1962.  For those of you who've never heard of OSCA, it was an Italian motor company that produced vehicles between 1947 and 1967.  They even competed (ineffectively) in Formula 1 for a few years in the 50s.  Ok, big deal, so what?  OSCA was formed by three brothers whose last name ended with "ati" and started with "Maser."  That's right OSCA was cool before Maserati was mainstream.

The one pictured above also has a special name attached to it.  Zagato built the body that was placed on top of the tube frame chassis and independent suspension.  At 750kg, the twin cam motor had no motivational problems.  Oh yeah, this whole package is for sale.  Check the Ebay listing here.


  1. Oscas are actually you may already know this---however Maserati went into liquidation and the brothers lost the company-----at which time they formed OSCA to build sports cars again...obviously this didn't last very long, however these days OSCA prices are soaring, as they've become more and more desirable as "true" Maseratis of that era...

  2. I didn't know much about them until a few months ago when one of the major magazines published a story about OSCA. Cars from that era when they were built, bought, raced, and won always interest me.