By Brandes Elitch
From the archives, October 21, 2014
“Maserati, The Family Silver,” is an extremely important book; over 15 years in the making, it is the most comprehensive book on Maserati ever written and it may well be the last such book in English. It is the winner of the 2016 Guild of Motoring Writers Mercedes/Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy. (Photos in this review courtesy the Publisher.)
Looking for comparisons
I look on my bookshelves to see what we have on other car manufacturers which are similar to Nigel Trow’s 800 page two-volume epic on the history of Maserati: I see very little to compare. [Read more…] about Maserati, The Family Silver
By Jonathan Sharp
Last winter, VeloceToday correspondent Jonathan Sharp left the British Isles to vacation in Italy and brought back absolutely stunning photo journey through the old Lingotto factory and the new Museo dell’ Automobile in Turin. He has just returned from yet another Italian Interlude, and a visit to the Enzo Ferrari Museum, our first of several features is presented this week. More to follow and CLICK on PHOTOS to ENLARGE! [Read more…] about Maserati at Enzo Ferrari
Story by Pete Vack
Photos of Selected 8CM Maseratis by Hugues Vanhoolandt
Ernesto, Bindo and Ettore were only half of a remarkable set of six sons born to Rudolfo and Carolina Maserati in Voghera, a small town outside of Piacenza. A seventh son, named Alfieri, was also born but died shortly after birth. The remaining six were all gifted, intelligent and industrious.
Mario Maserati was born in 1890, but unlike his brothers, was never interested in automobiles, and eventually became a painter. Carlo, born in 1881, was fascinated by the new internal combustion engine, and set the stage for his younger brothers. As a young man, Carlo worked for both Fiat and Isotta Fraschini. Carlo died when only thirty, but his interest in things mechanical had passed on to Alfieri, (who was given the same name as the baby who had died earlier). Bindo was born in 1883, Ettore came along in 1894 and Ernesto in 1898.
Alfieri, Ernesto and Ettore established the Societa Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati in 1914, and although the initial intent was to prepare Isotta Fraschinis for racing, the timing dictated that they make spark plugs for the war effort. After the hostilities, the brothers returned to the modification of Isottas, which eventually led to the manufacture of a car of their own design and construction. By 1926, the first Maserati, the Tipo 26, was ready for the track. Alfieri, the mainstay and inspiration, died in 1932, and Bindo stepped in to assist his brothers in running the business.
Pre War Racing Cars
The Tipo 26 was followed by a series of cars with a variety of cylinders and displacements. The 8C 1100, 1500, 2500, and 3000 were similar cars with different displacements. The 4CM (4 cylinders, Monoposto), was built in small numbers with 1100, 1500, and 2500 cc. The Tipo V4 was a four liter 16 cylinder and the Tipo V-5 was a supercharged V-16, of 5 liters. A six cylinder engine, (6CM) was used in 1934. Four V-8 cars were built for the 1935 season.
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By Pete Vack
All images courtesy Walter Bäumer and Dalton Watson unless otherwise noted.
The Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato by Walter Bäumer
ISBN 978-1-85443-249-0 Published by Dalton Watson Fine Books
290 mm x 295 mm 288 pages, 227 Black and White and Color photos
US $155 ON SALE NOW!!
Maserati history is just as significant, interesting and eventful as that of Ferrari. But as Michael Lynch noted, it would have been better if Maserati historians had begun their quest at the same time as Ferrari historians – back in the 1960s. By now a lot of history has gone by the wayside, few of the principles are left alive and remembering, and already many facts have been distorted for the prospect of a higher auction price or more prestige.
We applaud Bäumer’s decision to get as many facts down before they too, are muddled. I’d hate to have to wait for another 10 years before getting a chance too see the wonderful photos and findings now available in this book.
Anyone and everyone with even the slightest interest in Maserati, Italian cars, Italian coachbuilders, Italian competition events, and Zagato will buy this book and be thankful. I would suspect they will be tripping over themselves to get a copy, because one quick look through the pages will remind one that almost all of the Maserati Zagatos were as close to beautiful as Zagato ever came.
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Maserati Tipo 60 and 61 The Magnificent Front-engined Birdcages
By Willem Oosthoek and Michel Bollee
Hard cover with slipcase, 335 pages of color and black and white photos. Published by Dalton Watson, Deerfield IL
“From Birdcage To Supercage” covers the rear engined Tipo 63-64-65 Maseratis while “Magnificent Front-Engine Birdcages” covers the front engined Tipo 60 and 61s. The two volumes are available in a special slipcase and if ordered together cost only $225– a savings of $65. And that’s now on sale for $169 for a total savings of over $120! To order at these sale prices, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.This offer ends December 31st 2011 so act now.
Review by Pete Vack
All images courtesy the Author and Publisher
Thanks to Willem Oosthoek, Michel Bollee and several others, we are gathering an impressive library of well-researched books on Maserati which in due course may approach the level of research done on other marques, such as Ferrari. Previously, writers such as Joel Finn, Rob Box, Anthony Pritchard and Orsini/Zagari have laid the groundwork with overall histories and technical specs for many of the pre and post-war Maseratis. Since then, a more detailed series of books have been published, all with serial number information. To that list, this year we can add “The Magnificent Front-engined Birdcages” again by Oosthoek and Bollee, which delightfully covers the twenty two Maserati Tipos 60 and 61.
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Review by Pete Vack
Maserati 300S by Walter Bäumer
295 mm x 290mm, 360 pages, 390 historical black and white and color, case bound with dust jacket and slip case. Price, $155 USD ON SALE NOW FOR $116 and Free US Shipping!
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Walter Bäumer’s new book on Maserati A6G Zagatos will be available soon from Dalton Watson.
The most dog eared books (the ones most referred to and therefore cherished) we have in our office library are those with the little numbers and big pictures (both literally and figuratively).
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In this archived article, Peter LeSaffre discusses driving the ex-Musy Maserati 300S back in the good days of the Ferrari Shell Historics.
By Pete Vack
Color photos by Richard Prince Photography
In his epic book, Maserati 300S, Walter Bäumer tells us a fascinating story about a little-known race driver by the name of Benoit Musy.
He was the son of a President of Switzerland and “a brave man, who saved the lives of many German Jews in the last months of WWII.” Musy purchased a Maserati 300S, chassis 3057 new from the factory in June of 1955. He bought a truck to haul the car, his beautiful wife Consuela and young son Edouard. In 1955 and 1956, he entered seventeen events throughout Europe, winning six outright. But at Montlhléry in late 1956, Musy entered a Maserati 200S Maserati as the 300S was being overhauled. Tragically, Musy was killed driving the 200S, and his grief stricken wife sold the 300S immediately.
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