Pebble Beach, CA — Recognized as one of the premier builders of sports cars after World War II, OSCA will be one of six special classes featured at the Aug. 26 Pebble Beach Concours.
The honor comes after OSCA enthusiasts John Grosseto and Elad Shraga submitted a formal proposal to the Concours’ selection committee in February 2017.
“We expect a dozen of the best cars representing the marque and could not be happier or more proud for this well-deserved recognition,” Grosseto told VM.
Among the OSCAs coming will be cars with significant race history and currently housed in major collections across the world — with particular emphasis on those cars with West Coast provenance. In addition, Ernesto Maserati’s son, Alfieri, will attend the Concours and other related functions during the week.
Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the brothers Ernesto, Bindo and Ettore Maserati opening their second company under the new name of OSCA (Officine Specializzate Construzioni Automobili Fratelli Maserati). They had already established a solid reputation for innovative and winning race cars under the Maserati nameplate beginning in 1926 and continuing until the outbreak of World War II.
Difficult financial times on the eve of the war forced the brothers to sell their namesake company to the Orsi family. When their contract with the Orsis ran out in 1947, the Maseratis established their new company in Bologna. One year later they debuted their first car under the OSCA name, the 1100cc MT-4. This new creation had immediate impact and enjoyed success in sports car racing, particularly in rugged Italian road races such as the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
One of OSCA’s most important victories came at the 1954 Sebring 12 Hour race where Stirling Moss and co-driver Bill Lloyd, driving for the Briggs Cunningham Team, won the event in an MT-4. OSCAs were very successful in amateur racing in the United States for many years, winning several class national championships into the early 1960s.
From 1947 to 1963, OSCA built a variety of sports and formula cars. OSCA engines were also widely used by many other manufacturers in their sports and formula cars due to their light weight and performance. The Maserati brothers sold their company to MV Agusta in 1963 but remained for three more years before retiring. OSCA ceased operations in 1967.
Visit https://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/ for ticket information and schedules.
—Our thanks and appreciation to Gary Horstkorta for providing OSCA information.