Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: David Santiago

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

1959 O.S.C.A. Coupe

Boca Raton Concours 2019

Mar 1, 2019 | On Show

O.S.C.A., the marque founded by the Maserati brothers after they left their eponymous company in 1947, is primarily known for its successful welterweight race cars; however, it also built a number of lesser known street cars. This particular coupe, styled by prolific and masterful designer Giovanni Michelotti, is most notable for its pagoda roof, so named because its upward curves mimicked the eaves of pagodas in Asia.

It was this very car, a one-off design study built for the Geneva Auto Show in 1959, that inspired Mercedes to use a concave roof in its SL line of cars (the W113 series) from 1963 to 1971. Mercedes subsequently patented the design, and it became the signature element of the W113 SLs, which are now affectionately known as Pagodas. This O.S.C.A. is not just an achingly desirable sports car, it is a piece of design history.

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