The most beautiful German Ford in classy Italian design
-“OSI” named after the Italian producer “Officina Stampaggi Industriali” in Torino
– An racy, refined italian body paired with the solid mass production technique of the former top serie Ford P7a
– Only 1,279 vehicles built between 1967 and 1968. About 200 of them are still running on German roads
– 2.0L V6 and 90 HP with a great sound
– 4 speed manual transmission
– 2019: Body completely restored and repainted in classy red colour (pictures of the restoration available)
– Neat beige leather interior, wooden refurbishment with slight patina + wooden Nardi steering wheel
– 12.500 Km as stated
– Fuel gauge + tachometer without function, indicator occasionally not working properly
– Technical control (MoT) until 07/2022
– German registration + Historic vehicle admission
The story about the creation of the OSI Ford is curious. In early 1965, OSI was commissioned by Ford to create a sleek styling study based on the Taunus P5. The design came from Sergio Sartorelli, who once designed the Karmann Ghia Type 34 (“the big Karmann”). In March 1966, Ford showed the styling result at the Geneva Salon and was completely surprised by the public’s approval. In fact, OSI was to build the car like this. And now the body shop was surprised by the yes to series production. Despite hastily built manual production, the quality was surprisingly good.
Ford Europe sent the Starrachs chassis and initially the engine two-liter V6 of the Taunus to Italy, OSI re-dressed the base: The steering wheel and ashtray came from Maserati, the horn button from the Fiat 500, and the taillights from the Ferrari 275. The engine, however, produced just 90 hp, ensured a rather mediocre top speed of 165 km/h, and gave the car 14.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. From the end of 1967, the more powerful 2.3-liter V6 was available as an option, but with only 108 hp. Initially six, later 15 cars per day were produced thanks to the help of 800 workers. Ford provided the distribution network, and the OSIs received the same attention in the workshops as the pure Fords.