OM, 1931, Superba 665 SSMM

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Marca: OM
Modello: 665 SSMM Superba Compressore
N. Cilindri / Cilindrata: inline 6/2200 cc
Velocità: 150 km/h
Peso: 880 kg
Lunghezza: 4080 cm
Larghezza: 1650 cm
Altezza: 1300 cm
Anno: 1923 - 1932 (tutti i tipi)

OM, 1931, Superba 665 SSMM

OM “Superba 665 SSMM”, Castagna, 1931

The 665 Superba was introduced in 1923 and produced in several series and models until 1932. It was the best known and appreciated OM production model because of its racing wins, culminated in the first three positions at the first edition of the Mille Miglia in 1927.

After the victory of the Alfa Romeo in the 1928 Mille Miglia, OM realised the importance of the supercharger and in 1929 introduced a new sports model with a Roots supercharger.

From then on, OM models were available with or without supercharger, with over-head or side valves. The car on show in the museum is a 665 SSMM model; fitted with a Roots supercharger, is one of the cars the English OM importer modified, fitting cylinder heads with over-head instead of sides valves.
The English heads were cast iron and the combustion side was “flat”. Domed pistons, because the low position of the sparkplugs did not leave room for trunk pistons. The cyclinder block was very special, made in cast iron with twelve 18mm sparkplugs, six on each side fixed in well-hidden holes.

In the road version ignition was supplied with magneto, coil ignition and 6 cylinder spark coil. The racing models probably used two magnetos for double ignition. Thanks to the light and well shaped body built by Carrozzeria Castagna, the car could reach a speed of 150 kph.


1931 Salone dell’Automobile in Milan. Foto1  Foto 2

In 1937 the car took part to Welsh Rally Historical competition organised by South Wales Auto Club from 1935 to 1939.

2011 Shooting, Ruoteclassiche

2015 Concorso di Eleganza Villa d’Este

2014 the car won  “Best of Class-famous Elegance” and “Best preserved pre-war car” Trophies Classic Days, Schloss Dick international concours.

2014 Parco del Valentino Asi

2017 Shooting, Oldtimer MARKT

2018  Poste Italiane chose this car for a philatelic postcard.