Maserati Racing Cars

1953 Maserati A6GCS/53: Designed to compete in the World Sportscar Championship, the A6GCS/53 (1953-55) designed by Columbo, was powered by a DOHC 2.0L straight-six, which developed 170 bhp. This was Maserati's first short-stroke engine, resulting in a stunning 7300 rpm red-line. Sergio Mantovani and Juan-Manuel Fangio drove this car to 3rd place at the '53 Targa Florio. The A6GCS/53 was conceived to provide a car for Maserati customers to enter and drive on the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
Model by BANG 1/43
1954 Maserati A6GCS/53: Frenchman Georges Guyot entered his Maserati at Le Mans in 1957. With co-driver Michel Parsy, the pair finished 12th overall and 3rd in class at that years 24 hour race. This was also the 1954 Paris Salon car. Georges entered cars for six Le Mans races, this his best finish. Fifty-two A6GCS/53 were made, with two of the greatest successes being wins at the Italian Grand Prix in 1953 and 1954 with Sergio Mantovani and Luigi Musso driving.
Model by M4 1/43
1954 Maserati A6GCS: Marqués Alfonso de Portago and Carlo Tomasi drove de Portago's Maserati as a factory entry at Le Mans in 1954. This was the first Maserati to race at Le Mans. The factory entry did not arrive with the newest version of the A6GCS due to a transporter breakdown, so had to rely on de Portago's earlier car which he drove from Italy. The pair retired in the 11th hour due to a lack of engine oil pressure while contesting the class lead. They were classified at the finish as 32nd place.
Model by TOP MODEL 1/43
1955 Maserati 300S: Entered by Maserati at the GP Supercortemaggiore at Monza in 1955, Roberto Mières and Cesare Perdisa drove to third place. Its sister car won the event with with Jean Behra and Luigi Musso driving. Musso drove this car at Le Mans in 1955 with Valenzano, but retired due to gearbox issues, aproblem which sidelined both team cars. The 300S has a 3.0L straigh-six, which puts out 245 hp. Twenty eight cars were produced between 1955-58.
Model by JOLLY MODEL 1/43

1957 Maserati 150S: Michel Guy drove this 150S at the 1957 Mille Miglia, but failed to finish. Powered by a 1.5L dual overhead cam engine, the 150S produced a respectable 140 hp, and a top speed of over 140 mph. Produced as "client cars" the factory racing efforts centered around the 200S and 300S. I think this aluminum bodied, tube frame car is the best looking of them all.
Model by METRO 1/43
1957 Maserati 450S (SEBRING WINNER): The 450S was raced in the 1957 World Sports Car Championship, where it finished second to Ferrari in the champoinship. The 450S has a 4.5L V8, which produces 400 bhp. This car (Chassis #4503) is one of the nine 450S' built and Juan-Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra drove the car to victory at Sebring.
Model by AUTOMANY 1/43
1957 Maserati 450S: In one of the most bizarre episodes in racing, Juan Maunuel Fangio who was to drive this car, was kidnapped prior to the 1958 GP of Cuba by Cuban rebels. Maurice Triginant drove the car in the race finishing 11th. The car (Chassis #4508) was later driven and then owned by Carroll Shelby, Jim Hall racing the car during Shelby's ownership.
Model by GRANINI 1/43
1957 Maserati 450S Zagato Coupe: Stirling Moss and Harry Schell drove one of Maserati's two enteries at Le Mans in 1957. Maserati had employed Frank Costin to design a coupe body for the 4.5L V8 powered car. Zagato hastily built the body, altering Costin's original design. It was not as fast as the 450S spider version which Fangio has set fastest lap in practice.. The car retired in the first hour with a broken transmission/U-Joint.
Model by LEO 1/43

1958 Maserati 420M: Built for the Monza 500, this car was driven by Stirling Moss and sponsored by the Eldorado ice cream company. It has a 4.2L V8, which produces 410 bhp. It did well in the first two rounds. However, in the third round, the steering collapsed on the 40th lap, sending Moss off the track at 162 mph. Amazingly, he was unhurt and the car was still ranked seventh at the end of the race.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1960 Maserati Tipo 61: This is one of the best known sports racing cars of the early 1960s. Besides winning races, it became famous for its intricate tubular space frame chassis, containing about 200 chro-moly steel tubes welded together, hence the nickname "Birdcage". The Tipo 61 featured a 2.9L, 4 cyl.engine of 250 hp. George Humiston entered this car for Bill Krause to drive at the 1960 LA Times GP at Riverside, which Krause won.This car also raced often in the Pacific Northwest.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1960 Maserati Tipo 61: Jim Hall drove this car for Carrol Shelby during the 1960 and part of the 1961 season in both USAC and SCCA races. Hall finished 2nd at the Road America 200,among the more notable outings in this car. Part way through the 1961 season, Hall began driving the Chapparal 1 and by 1962, drove almost exclusively cars that had the Chapparal name on them. The rest is history.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1960 Maserati Tipo 61: The 'Birdcage' was produced between 1959 and 1961 by Maserati for racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reliability issues with the Tipo 61 made it unsuccessful at the La Sarthe circuit. It did do well however on shorter endurance races. A Birdcage won the Nurburgring 1000km race in 1960 & 1961. This is the 1960 winner driven by Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney. Lloyd "Lucky" Casner founded the Casner Motor Racing Division, or Camoradi, famous for campaigning these cars.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/18

1961 Maserati Tipo 63: Using the Tipo 61 'Birdcage' engine and chassis, Maserati developed the mid-engine Tipo 63 for the 1961 season. Before the year was out, the car would sport a V12 engine rather than the Birdcage's four and it would suffer reliability problems all season. Cunningham entered his Tipo 63 (Chassis #63002) at Sebring in 1961 with Bruce McLaren and Hansgen driving. They did not finish due to transmission problems. The large pexiglass windscreen on these cars made it hard to see through and hard to see over, the front end design would get changed after Sebring.
Model by GAMMA 1/43
1961 Maserati Tipo 63: The Tipo 63 was one of Italy's first mid-engined sports racers. Designed to take a 3.0L V12, the new engine was not yet available and the car was fitted with a 'four' from the earlier Birdcages. For Le Mans in 1961, the cars were fitted with the new DOHC V12 derived from the engine briefly used in the 250F and 350S in the 1950s. Briggs Cunningham entered two cars for Le Mans and this car piloted by Augie Pabst and Richard ‘Dick’ Thompson finished fourth; the best ever result for Maserati at Le Mans.
Model by PINKO/GAMMA 1/43
1961 Maserati Tipo 63: Fresh off the success at the Targa Florio, (4th and 5th) Scuderia Serenissima entered this car for Ludovico Scarfiotti and Nino Vaccarella at Le Mans in 1961. Despite being old hands at endurance racing, the pair could not keep the 3.0L V12 Maserati running past the 7th hour, A blown head gasket would put them out of the race.
Model by LEO 1/43

1962 Maserati Tipo 151/1 Coupe: Walt Hansgen and Bruce McLaren drove one of the two Cunningham entered 151/1 Coupes at Le Mans in 1962. They retired in the 13th hour due to piston and transmission failure. They had qualified 5th fastest, being as high as third place and were in 5th place when they retired. Powered by a 4.0L V8 (360 bhp), the Maserati could hit 177 mph on the Mulsanne straight. There were three 151/1 Coupes with their distinctive Kamm tail built. All three ran at Le Mans in 1962, unfortunately all retired.
Model by JOLLY MODEL 1/43
1962 Maserati Tipo 151/2 Coupe: Three Tipo 151 were built and raced at Le Mans in 1962. This car was made for John Simone and the other two were made for Briggs Cunningham. Using a Costin inspired body over a tube/ladder frame, this 151 was to race at Le Mans for four years. Lucky Casner and Andre Simone drove this car in the 1963 Le Mans, sponsored by Maserati France. The engine had been up rated from a 4.0LV8 to 4.9L and producing 430 bhp. The car retired due to gearbox trouble
Model by GARNINI 1/43
1965 Maserati Tipo 65: Following Lloyd Casner's death in pre-Le Mans testing of a 151/3 Coupe, Maserati France boss John Simone has a new car built around Tipo 61 chassis, with a mid-mounted 5.0L V8 developing 430bhp, in seven weeks! It proved to be a beast to handle with no proper testing. Its drivers Jo Siffert and Jochen Neerpasch were brave to try the 24 hours, let alone see if it could do the 217mph it was claimed to be capable of. Siffert spun the car in the 1st hour and damaged the suspension retiring the ill-handling car.
Model by LEO 1/43




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