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Old 22nd October 2007, 16:42   #1696
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What is this beautiful coupe?

Looks like a fiat to me..!!but i know its not!! Definately italian

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Guess again Mr Gogi!!!!
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Guess again Mr Gogi!!!!
Is it some Lancia ?
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Old 22nd October 2007, 16:55   #1699
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nnnnnyope. Try again.
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ID:378 is a 1967 OSI 20M TS (Officine Stampaggi Industriali)
The OSI was founded in 1960 as a subsidiary to Ghia to build cars like the Innocenti Spyder and the coupe versions of the Fiat 2300 (thats why I knew it had Fiat stylings- see the rims and the hub caps...so sooooo Fiat!!
The prototype was a Ford Osi and was debuted as the 20 M TS at Geneva in 1966.
When the Osi went into production in 1967 it was mechanically similar to the Frod Taunus TS (the German Version) as Ford was shipping some parts from Cologne to Turin and recieving the completed parts back duly assembled.
Some 3400 Osi 20M TS cars were made from 1967-1968.

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SPOT ON!!!! Great going!!!! ID 378: is the OSI 20M coupe based on the German Ford Taunus.

How did you find out?
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SPOT ON!!!! Great going!!!! ID 378: is the OSI 20M coupe based on the German Ford Taunus.

How did you find out?
Ahem!! Ahem!!.. Lets just say I have a good eye
Seriously, it looked very Fiat to me and I was positive that its not so my thinking cap was adorned. I do have a vast directory of such rare cars which I refer to regularly (not half as vast as Ram's).
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Ahem!! Ahem!!.. Lets just say I have a good eye
Seriously, it looked very Fiat to me and I was positive that its not so my thinking cap was adorned. I do have a vast directory of such rare cars which I refer to regularly (not half as vast as Ram's).

Awesome!!! I started making my own archive of classic info only about 2-3 years ago, even though I was bitten by the classic bug real early!!

Would love to have a peek into your archives (and your vaaast car collection) some day!!

Cheers!
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Not so Vaaast as you think but sure thing mate, anytime!!
Meanwhile guys guess this one, should be an easy one.

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flummonxed!!! Will get on the case......
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ID 379 is a Ghia 1500 GT

It was produced between 1962-1967. 925 examples were produced.

It ran a 1500cc Fiat engine which developed 67 bhp@5200 rpm.


Am I right?

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Never in my life did I think I will ever answer in this thread.
Cyrus,Thanks for helping me do the unthinkable!
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ID 379 is a Ghia 1500 GT
It was produced between 1962-1967. 925 examples were produced.
It ran a 1500cc Fiat engine which developed 67 bhp@5200 rpm.
Am I right?
Yes @islero, you are right.

ID:379 is a 1963 Fiat Ghia 1500GT.

This fastback was styled by Sergio Coggiola head of the prototypes shop at Carrozzeria Ghia, Turin. Ghia were Turin's most innovative independent coachbuilding company competing with the likes of Pininfarina and Bertone, also of Turin.

During the 1950s, Luigi Segre managing director of Ghia built many concept cars for Chrysler in Detroit. A famous concept car, Ghia built for Ford was the Lincoln Futura which achieved immortality when George Barris converted it into Batman's black "Batmobile" for the TV series.

In 1960, Luigi Segre created another concept-car coachbuilding firm: OSI (L'Officina Stampaggio Industriale SpA) funded by typewriter manufacturer Olivetti. They made @islero's beautiful 1967 OSI 20M TS coupe.


OSI's building was across the street (Via Agostino da Montefeltro) from Carrozzeria Ghia's coachworks, where the Fiat 2300S coupe and the Innocenti 950 Spider were built.

[OT: PM me and I'll send you a keyhole markup file showing locations of these plants in Turin, Italy]

The 1963 Fiat Ghia 1500GT is a specially-bodied Fiat-based car.
It was built with a sheet steel box-section and tubular frame with the Fiat 1500 engine set further back than in the standard Fiat 1500. The wheelbase was shorter than standard, too. They built just 4 each day.

When Segre died in 1963 the firm was briefly held by racing driver Gino Rovere of Ford, Italia and then taken over as a hobby by Leónidas Trujillo, son of Rafael Trujillo the brutal dictator of the Caribbean Dominican Republic. Then deTomaso took control in 1967, finally selling Ghia out to Ford.

[OT: 21 years ago, I used to enjoy a 1977 Ford Taunus 2.0 litre Ghia in Rotterdam, NL.]


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Old 23rd October 2007, 10:24   #1709
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OSI's building was across the street (Via Agostino da Montefeltro) from Carrozzeria Ghia's coachworks, where the Fiat 2300S coupe and the Innocenti 950 Spider were built.

The 1963 Fiat Ghia 1500GT is a specially-bodied Fiat-based car.
It was built with a sheet steel box-section and tubular frame with the Fiat 1500 engine set further back than in the standard Fiat 1500. The wheelbase was shorter than standard, too. They built just 4 each day.

Thats an interesting coincidence between two consecutive entries in this thread! Nice!

What I want to know is, was this car marketed and sold through Fiat dealerships or separately? Even though you refer to it as the Fiat Ghia 1500 GT, I still have this nagging doubt.

PS: Even the administrator of the website dedicated to this car (ghia1500gt.com) seems to have this doubt.
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ID:380
What's this little cream four-door sedan?

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