1954 OSCA 2000 S Frua Spider Michael Trösser, , Germany
In the spring of 1953, OSCA built two Formula 2 single-seat race cars powered by Ernesto Maserati’s new 2-liter, 6-cylinder engine. Alongside the single seaters, OSCA built five sports car chassis to the same specification, of which this is the second 2000 S chassis built, and it was bodied by Frua. This car’s first owner, Luigi Piotti, raced it extensively in Italy, including the Giro di Sicilia and the Mille Miglia. At the end of the year, the car was sold to an owner in the United States, where it was raced extensively before being sold to Jim Hall of Chaparral fame in 1958. During the late 1970s, the car was acquired by John Robson of South Carolina. Because the original engine had blown up some years prior, it was replaced by an experimental 2.5-liter Grand Prix engine, which is still with the car. Several owners later, this unique OSCA was acquired by its current German custodian, who set about restoring the car, refitting many of its original panels and painting it a period-correct dark red color finished with its original Giro di Sicilia racing numbers.