Evaluation: Delivered new to Briggs Cunningham. Won its class at Sebring in 1953 and fifth overall. Originally fitted with the OSCA 1350-cc twin-cam four but fitted in period with an Alfa Romeo drivetrain that it still has. Barn find dust and animal paw prints kept on it for that “just discovered” look. Dirty but not rotten, and rather complete, although all the gauges save for the Veglia tach are incorrect modern replacements. Striking even under the dust, and a solid, significant restoration candidate for vintage competition.
Bottom Line: This is a very pretty little car with a lot of potential and it’s worth saving. Placing a value on small-batch race cars even from relatively well-known outfits like the Maserati brothers’ OSCA can be more art than science, but either way the price paid for the ex-Cunningham MT4 in Amelia is far less than Gooding & Co. expected, which in theory leaves the new owner plenty of money left over to get it cleaned up, starting with the dust.