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October 23, 2017

Three Old Maserati Race Cars

by Mike –

Maserati 300S

There were 28 Maserati 300S and 200S race cars produced between 1955 and 1958. The 300S engine is a 3-liter inline 6-cylinder with three Weber carburetors that produces 260 hp.

Maserati 300S

Maserati 300S

The light weight tubular chassis is covered by a beautiful aluminum body by Medardo Fantuzzi. It has alloy drum brakes and a DeDion type rear axle.

The race results were mixed but a 300S won at the Nurburgring and Buenos Aires in 1956.

Maserati 300S

This great example of a 1950s Maserati race car was at the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance in 2010.

This event is coming up again in two weeks and I will be there.

Maserati 200SI

The 200SI has an inline-four cylinder light-alloy engine that produces 187 hp. The 200S model began racing in 1955 and did not have a great racing history either despite being driven by some of the best drivers of the day.

Maserati 200SI

The name was changed from 200S to 200SI in 1957. SI stands for Sport Internazionale which indicates conformance to international racing rules.

Maserati 200SI

Maserati 200SI

Maserati Tipo 151

The Maserati Tipo 151 came along in the early 1960s.

The engine is a 4-liter V8 that produces 430 hp and the body design is by Giulio Alfieri.

Maserati Tipo 151

The side profile of the Tipo 151 reminds me of the Ferrari Breadvan.

Maserati Tipo 151

The Maserati race cars of the 1950s and early 1960s are some of the most beautiful race cars ever made unfortunately they had limited success on the track.

I don’t understand why – they certainly look like they should have won a lot of races.

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The Maserati logo looks like it could be dangerous.

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