Evaluation: One of 21 built with this Fissore coachwork. First registered to Italian retailer Salvatore Ferragamo. Newly rebuilt drivetrain and suspension. Light pitting on the left of the front. Under. Good older paint. Light scrapes and scratches on the windshield and window frames. Light track scratches in the side glass. A few dings on the wheels. Aged steering wheel, lightly faded gauges and lightly worn switchgear, but decent interior. Clean, restored, lightly driven underneath. A neat oddball.
Bottom Line: This is a rare, distinctive, and intriguing little car built at the company founded by the Maserati brothers and powered by OSCA’s own twin-cam four. But it’s also used and doesn’t have as wide of an appeal as something from a more famous carmaker or coachbuilder.
Someone thought much too highly of it in Amelia Island last year when it hammered not sold at a reported high bid of $250,000. Expectations readjusted way down since then, with Bonhams giving it a realistic estimate, the bidders putting up a realistic price, and the seller setting reserve at a realistic number. All fair.