Lot 155

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1959 OSCA Tipo S-273


$650,000 - $750,000



Car Highlights

Raced by Denise McCluggage at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring
Originally Delivered in 1,100 CC Spec to Briggs Cunningham
Exceptional History Including Fascinating Correspondence and Research
Known Ownership from New; over 40 Years with Prior Owner
Striking Team Cunningham Livery; Mechanicals Recently Rebuilt by Experts
Displayed at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®; Two-Time Colorado Grand Entrant

Technical Specs

860 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Two Weber 32 DCOA3 Carburetors
Estimated 75 HP at 7,700 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1960.

Register to Bid

Briggs S. Cunningham, New York, New York (acquired new in 1959)A. Cecil Schoeneman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (acquired from the above in 1961)Steven A. Wacholtz, Spokane, Washington (acquired from the above in 1971)Dr. John Hunholz, Snohomish, Washington (acquired circa 1971)Private Collection, Washington (acquired from the estate of the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

12 Hours of Sebring, 1960, McCluggage/Windridge, No. 64 (DNF)

Colorado Grand, 2016Colorado Grand, 2017Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 2018

Founded near Bologna during late 1947 by Ernesto, Ettore, and Bindo Maserati, OSCA quickly established an outstanding competition record, as its cars were campaigned at top international events by the era’s finest drivers and racing teams. Among OSCA’s many successes was a brilliant overall win at the 1954 12 Hours of Sebring in an MT4 owned by legendary racer and sportsman Briggs Cunningham. The victory cemented Cunningham’s regard for the brothers’ cars, and likely inspired the purchase of the 1959 OSCA Tipo S sports racer offered here.

Bearing chassis 767, this Tipo S was purchased by Cunningham and delivered new to Alfred Momo’s Momo Corporation in New York City. Originally powered by a tipo 273 1,100 cc engine, it was refitted with engine no. 771, a 750 cc tipo 187N unit, and prepared by Momo for Cunningham. Documented as such in OSCA: La Rivincita Dei Maserati, and by correspondence on file among Momo, Cunningham, and the subsequent owner, 767 was also intensively researched by noted authority János Wimpffen. According to a letter on file from Mr. Wimpffen, 767 most likely was raced in September 1959 at the Thompson, Connecticut, SCCA Nationals, with Phil Forno at the wheel, and it is possible this OSCA also raced in six other events that year, under Cunningham’s ownership.

The most significant race outing for 767, however, must certainly be at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring. Earlier that year, Cunningham loaned 767 to noted journalist and highly successful racing driver Denise McCluggage. While still finished in Team Cunningham livery, 767 was entered at Sebring by Lloyd “Lucky” Casner’s Camoradi racing team. Co-driven by McCluggage and Marianne Windridge, the OSCA suffered cooling issues, forcing its retirement.

Following extensive correspondence with Momo and Cunningham during late 1960 and early 1961, A. Cecil Schoeneman, a forestry businessman and amateur racer from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, purchased both OSCA 767 and 758, on February 9, 1961, as documented by a Bill of Sale that accompanies the OSCA at auction. Schoeneman raced 767 and/or its sister car from 1961 through 1963 in 11 events, with its best results including 2nd Overall at the 1962 Alliance, Kansas, SCCA Regionals; 2nd Overall at the 1962 Greenwood, Iowa, Inaugural Race; 1st Overall the next day at the Greenwood Nationals; and 3rd Overall at the 1963 Lake Garnett Nationals in Kansas.

In March 1971, 767 was acquired from Schoeneman by Steven Wacholtz of Spokane, Washington, passing shortly thereafter to Dr. John Hunholz of Snohomish, Washington. Dr. Hunholz restored the car with his son and retained the OSCA for the next four decades, until it was acquired from the Hunholz estate in August 2015 by a private collector in the Pacific Northwest. Soon after his purchase, he had the engine rebuilt by the respected Vintage Racing Motors in Redmond, Washington, which included new pistons and rings, camshafts, bearings, gaskets, and oil plumbing. The brakes, rear axle, and fuel system were also addressed, and a pair of rare and appropriate sandcast Weber carburetors were installed. Included invoices for this work total over $80,000.

Coming to the consignor’s stable in 2016, the OSCA has since seen numerous updates and spirited use. Though it was in fine overall condition when purchased, the new owner planned to participate in significant rallies with the OSCA. Accordingly, the engine’s ancillary systems were rebuilt, gearbox internals were renewed, and the differential received new ring and pinion gears in a more streetable ratio than had been previously installed. Additionally, the electrical system was addressed, the interior has been newly re-trimmed, and the wire wheels have been reshod with new tires. During his ownership, the OSCA has run the Colorado Grand twice, and it was then exhibited in the special class honoring the OSCA marque at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.

Highly desirable and engaging, and proudly wearing its period Team Cunningham colors, this historic OSCA Tipo S is eligible for some of today’s most compelling classic touring and competition events.