Slot Classic CJ-37

The Maserati brothers are part of the beginning of the italian sporting racing from the early XX century. The first Maserati automobile, known as “Type 26” showed its powers winning its category in the Targa Florio from 1926, being driven by Alfieri Maserati himself.

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From that moment on, evolving its mechanics innovatively, they achieved countless victories, always competing against the most important brands of that moment.

Even though the technical side worked well, the financial part was a total disaster, that’s the reason why in 1937 they had to sell their company to the wealthy family Orsi, who imposed that the brothers stayed for ten years at the technical office.

Once the commitment was fulfilled, the Maserati brothers decided to join forces again and in October of 1947 they constituted a new society with the name OSCA (Oficien Specializzate Construzioni Automobili).
With clearer ideas, they declined momentarily to build Grand Prix cars and they focused on a medium engine car to compete in the sport category.

At this moment appears the main character of our choice, the OSCA MT4. Even though at first it featured a plain four cylinder with a single camshaft, soon it would evolve to a new cylinder head that made of the new little sport car a potential winner in the small cubic capacity.

Driven by very quick drivers: Villoresi, Fagioli, Cabianca, Bonetto, Portago, Moss… the MT4 was the master of its category in the most important races of the era: Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Panamericana, Le Mans o Sebring.
The car reproduced by Slot Classic this time belongs to the chasis # 1142, whom first owner was Giulio Cabianca. In the following chart we show its sporting history.

Alfonso de Portago, second owner of the car, changed the inicial red colour for his favourite black with the spanish flag as a central stripe.

Since his results with the small sporting car weren’t as successful as he expected, in the Panamericana Race from 1954 he was inscribed with a Ferrari 750 Monza, lending or giving (depending on the version of the story), the small sporting car to his argentinian friend Ernesto Mieres, that is the wonderful version of the car we are reproducing and we hope you enjoy very much.


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