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November 14, 2019

Maserati Tipo 151 – A Beautiful And Rare Racecar

by Mike – 

These black and white photos were sent to me by a My Car Quest reader A.A. (Tony) Olissoff in New Zealand. These pictures are of Maserati Tipo 151/004 and Tony believes they are at Le Mans in 1964.

Maserati Tipo 151

The Maserati Tipo 151 was a racecar produced between 1962 and 1963. It succeeded the famous Birdcage, so called because of the design of the tubular frame that looked like a birdcage.

Maserati Tipo 151
There were only three Tipo 151s produced by Maserati and they did not have great success in racing. Although they were very fast they had a tendency to not finish races.

Maserati Tipo 151

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1962 Johnny Simone drove a car painted red with white stripes and the Cunningham cars were white with blue stripes.

Maserati continued to race this model at Le Mans through 1965 where Lloyd “Lucky” Casner was killed during practice in Tipo 151/4, the car pictured here, which was destroyed in that crash.

Maserati Tipo 151

The engine is a 4-liter V8 and the beautiful body design is by Giulio Alfieri, a Maserati designer. Maserati had a habit of fielding one of the most beautiful cars on the track.

A.A. (Tony) Olissoff says the photos were sourced from Willem Oosterhoek, and a note on the back credits them as from the Sicard Collection (taken with a little Minox).

Notice the history just sitting around in these photos. The Alfa Romeo truck, an AC Cobra and the other cars. I hope you all see the Bizzarrini GT 5300. What are the other cars?

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Maserati logo

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Comments

  1. Jack Koobs de Hartog says

    Mike,
    The event was the parctice (April 18/19) for the Le Mans 24h in June1964
    The car, Maserati 151-3 also called Tipo152
    Body of the car by Carrozzeria Sports Cars (Piero Drogo)
    The “Bizzarrini” in the background is Iso A3/C #B*0201
    The truck is not an Alfa Romeo but an OM.
    Ciao,
    Jack

  2. BLT2DRIVE says

    Awesome Jack!!! Thanks for the insight!! Amazing knowledge. Thanks, Todd

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