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Maserati Birdcage, The marvellous Tipo 60 and 61 sports racing cars

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The sports racing Tipo 60 and 61 Maseratis featured a chassis design which led to a host of nicknames including soda straw and spaghetti tube, but the one which stuck was ‘birdcage'.

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The sports racing Tipo 60 and 61 Maseratis featured a chassis design which led to a host of nicknames including soda straw and spaghetti tube, but the one which stuck was ‘birdcage'.

There isn't anything more appropriate for this multitude of small bore tubes welded together to smother the engine and transmission. Fortunately, the cars as well as their unusual name are worth remembering, even celebrating. 1958 saw the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy without enough money to continue motor racing. Old habits die hard. Management decided that they could build a sports racingcar which they themselves would sell, but not race. In months this unusual yet outstanding front engined lightweight was ready.

Clothed in its tight fitting suit of rolled and beaten alloy, it was either downright ugly or supremely beautiful to behold - there were no half measures. From then on these cars enjoyed some fabulous success against the world's best -Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar - but this was interspersed by some dramatic tragedy in no small measure. By 1962the car was obsolete - it had risen, conquered and died in less than four years - yet it is remembered, and not just inhistoric racing circles where it can still win. 

Joel Finn’s account is the fullest and most exciting history, jam packed with anecdote, contemporary driver impressions and technical asides. Each car is traced from construction to date and is listed in a register. As someone who has lived with these cars for many years, Joel is of the opinion that they were the finest front engined sports racing car ever constructed.

Très bon état d'ensemble (livre et jaquette)

Auteur Joel E. Finn
Éditeur Osprey Publishing
Date de parution 1980
Format 23 x 23 cm
ISBN 978-0850453669
Illustration Many BW photos
Nombre de page 208
Langue English
Condition Second hand, very good condition
Binding HB with DJ

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