In the mid-60s, an era rich in ideas, a series of excellent prototypes with the Alfa Romeo logo were presented, which went down in history for their design. One of them is Scarabeo.
The Scarab was born as an idea shortly after the Tipo 33 was presented on her behalf From the carWhen the Giuseppe Busso suggested to Orazio Satta Puli (creator of the first Giulietta) to develop a rear-engined sport coupe. The car used as its basis a lighter version of the tubular chassis of the Tipo 33. Then the 1,570 cc in-line four-cylinder engine. her GTA it was mounted transversely at the rear, along with the clutch and gearbox. In the context of cost savings, the suspensions came from the French-sourced Renault R8, which at the time was one of the most commercial small family models on the European market (after all, it was also associated with the Alfa Romeosince as is known it was developed together with Giulia, before this joint venture parted ways).
The supervision of the bodywork was given to Industrial molding workshops (OSI), a new design firm that had made an impressive start to its career in the automotive industry. The end result – elegant and light on the eye – would also claim laurels in the field of performance, since according to the company it could reach 200 kilometers per hour at top speed. The 700 kg Αlfa Romeo Scarab it first appeared in public at the Paris Motor Show in 1966, drawing the admiration then enjoyed by every one-of-a-kind creation. This fact encouraged the construction of a second prototype, with a simpler design this time. Somewhere there it all ended, when the factory announced its full involvement From the car in the European championships of the time. The cuts to support the above decision also included the Scarabeo program, leaving its barchetta-type version incomplete. Nowadays, the two originals are prominently displayed in its Museum Alfa Romeo.
Industrial Molding Workshops (OSI)
It was founded in 1960 in Turin, by the former president of Ghia Luigi Segre and the Arrigo Olivetti of Fergat, which manufactured car parts. The company, which was not to have a career for many years, proceeded to build some cars based on models from Alfa Romeo, Fiat and her Ford. One of the first contracts he took on was to build his body Innocenti 950 Spider, designed in 1960 by the young Tom Tjaarda at the behest of Ghia. Its best-known model outside Italy was the 20M TS Coupe, which was based on the Ford Taunus 20M. The car was designed by Sergio Sartorelli, best known for his work on the 1961 VW Karmann Ghia Type 34. Around 2,200 Ford 20M TS Coupes were produced, of which an estimated 200 survive. The company also built the Ford Anglia Torino, which edited by Giovanni Michelotti and was released in 10,000 units in Italy. Luigi Segre died of appendicitis in 1963, leaving OSI with no personal ties to Ghia and Ford. He was replaced by Giacomo Bianco, coming from Fergat, but during his days the cooperation contracts started to dry up. In 1966, 2,000 workers were laid off and car production ended in December 1967. Five months later, its design office was integrated into the corresponding Fiat division.