there is an interesting discussion going on in the german OSI-IG forum.
The question is: what technical basis did OSI recieve from Ford Cologne to build the Ford OSI? Did they get complete floor panels incl. all mechanics or did they just get the mechanics and stamped the floor panels themeselves?
Up to now there is no proof for the one or the other theory. It might be neccessary to disassamble an OSI and a P5 Taunus and compare the panels... or does anyone have more information?
Hi Oliver That is a really interesting question. Check the image attached: I placed the 17m/20m P5 and the OSI catalogue pictures of the traverses side by side. They look identical. The catalogues have different part numbers exception made to the ones marked 17m/20m. The same applies to the panels. But even with the manuals saying those are different parts, in my opinion, Ford of Cologne probably sent the P5 panels and traverses to Turin. The main goal of the project was using as much parts as possible of the Taunus and the tool to press the floor panel is extremely large and expensive. In the Autorama interview of 1967 Giacomo Bianco says "The chassis was and is that of the 20m TS, the well-known Taunus, with a V-engine...". Of course this is not any kind of proof. Great topic Oliver. I am going to read some more stuff and get back to this...
it seems that OSI made nearly the whole thing. Egbert says, he has some genuine OSI parts in stock which are painted in a green/gray primer. All Ford spare parts come with a black primer coat. So even if the parts look similar or identical, they seem to have different origins. And also the parts numbers indicate the two production lines as there are a lot of floor panel parts that have OSI numbers.
"In the Autorama interview of 1967 Giacomo Bianco says "The chassis was and is that of the 20m TS, the well-known Taunus, with a V-engine...". Of course this is not any kind of proof."
Indeed only some body parts from OSI B1 are identical with the taunus 20m, for example the rear traverse for the shock absorber or the brackets (stabilizer bar). I think, these special parts were sent with the mechanical parts from cologne to torino. The complete body, without some parts I mentioned, is than pressed in italy.
Yes, some photos would explain it. By the way, wonderful photo from Oliver.