A British Officine Meccaniche 665S Tourer?
From the fantastic collection of Steve Given, this Officine Meccaniche (O.M.) tourer appears to be hiding a British numberplate between those front wheels. In Right Hand Drive and with a body which resembles a car bodied by Cadogan in London, the UK looks the likely location for this image and its counterpart:
OM were an independent car manufacturer based in Brescia, Northern Italy. There is surprisingly little online about this firm who made well respected, fast, quality cars. An OM won the first Mille Miglia race in 1927. In 1933 they were absorbed into the FIAT group, and their history took a different course. The ‘S’ (for ‘Superba’) is much sought after for the historic Mille Miglia, being a usable machine and attracting a relatively favourable handicap.
British cars were imported by L.C. Rawlence and Co. Ltd of 39 Sackville Street, London and they reportedly brought around 350 O.M.s of all types into the UK. If anyone knows this car, do please speak up!
Thanks to Steve for the use of his images.