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Lot 501: O.M. 469 Restoration Project

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (7 October 2013)

The Brescian Manufacturer Officine Meccaniche is best remembered today for their domination in the first Mille Miglia in 1927. The small company took all the podium positions and remained a strong competitor until the rise of the Jano-designed Alfa Romeos. O.M. began producing cars in 1918 largely through their acquisition of the Zust company. Initial models were not much more than Zust cars but distinct offerings began to appear quickly. The Model 469 was one of their more successful offerings and was designed to be a small but strong performing high quality machine. The side-valve four-cylinder powered 469 was successful in racing and a special sports S version was created. This 469 project is offered in dismantled though surprisingly complete condition. The drive train appears to be freshly restored and complete; it includes steering column and box, hand brake assembly, cross fenders, shifter, four wooden artillery wheels, brass radiator and partial hood, cowl, floor boards and top and rear body section  all needing restoration. It also includes several boxes of additional parts, some of which may not be relevant to this car. The frame rails seem to need the most attention as does the front axle. The remaining coachwork bears racing numbers leading to speculation of sporting life prior to dismantling. Today it is a bit of a blank slate and one could restore it in any manner desired. The successful bidder is sure to have a fun and very rare machine from a pedigree marque. Offered on a Bill of Sale.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Pennsylvania, USA
TypeCar
Lot Number501
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3655
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4028
Year1920
Condition rating4
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number18591
Engine capacity (cc)1469
Engine - cylinders4
Number of doors