Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1967 OSI 20m TS

I am old enough to remember the days before the internet. (Some of my younger friends believe I am old enough to remember the days before electricity. Bastards.) In those pre-connected days, you could go an entire lifetime without seeing or even knowing about a car like an OSI 20m TS.

Times have changed. This is the second North America based OSI I've seen come up for sale on eBay.

OSI (Officine Stampaggi Industriali) was created by Luigi Segre (former president of Ghia) and Arrigo Olivetti. Prior to this car they created some bodies for Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Innocenti. The OSI 20m TS is based on the German Ford Taunus.

In 2009 I featured an OSI that was in decent condition. (See the post here.) This one is not.

This 20m TS is in need of a total restoration. As the seller mentions, the mechanical parts - being from Ford - will be easy to find. Body and trim parts will not. The good news is the body - which is very prone to rust - is in decent condition. The rusted areas are small enough to be fixed with patch panels. The seller is including some spare parts - including the grill - with the car.

Restoring this car will be a labor of love. Although the 20m TS is a rare, semi-exotic, drop dead gorgeous car, they don't sell for a lot of money. Nice ones can be found in Europe for $15,000.00 or less. The seller is asking $4500.00 for this one.

Located in North Salt Lake, UT, click here to see the eBay listing.

1 comment:

Graham Clayton said...

In 1968 Ghia bought out OSI, and decided to stop production. I presume that they didn't want a competitor to other cars featuring their own bodies.