The Osca 1500 Sports-Racer, resilience and beauty
This splendid car is an Osca 1500 Sports-Racer, one of the precious models by a small Emilia Romagna carmaker that was active for only twenty years, from 1947 to 1967.
In a previous article about Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili (the name behind the Osca acronym), we presented another amazing piece from their small, fantastic selection of cars: the 750S.
The Sport Racer we are portraying here was made in 1954, and took part in that year’s “12 Hours of Sebring”. The endurance race for sports cars, held every year in Florida, is considered a sort of reliability test because cars are required to prove their hardiness in scorching weather.
That year, there were 60 cars lined up at the start. Most people were sure one of the three Lancia D24s competing would win, also thanks to their three outstanding pilots: Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Piero Taruffi.
Only 25 cars made it to the finish line. And the winner was the Osca 1500 Sports-Racer, with no less than five laps on the second-place finisher.