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  Maserati Tipo 151
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1962
Numbers built:3
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 22, 2011
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Chassis: 151.006
Chassis 006 was the third and final Tipo 151 constructed and one of two supplied to the Briggs Cunningham team. It debuted at Le Mans in the hands of William Kimberly and Dick Thompson. They had worked their way up to third when a series of small incidents damaged the oil tank, and with the regulations stipulating that oil could not be replenished, chassis 151.006 had to be retired. Along with its two sister cars, it was returned to Modena for post race repairs. Fully refurbished, it was flown to the United States in September.

It was raced twice by Augie Pabst for Briggs Cunningham. He had to retire from the Bridgehampton 400 km with a seized piston after running as high as third and finished seventh at Riverside. Cunningham next offered the car for sale and its subsequent owners briefly raced the car with a third at Cotati as the only noteworthy result. Then owner Chuck Jones offered the car for sale in the Summer of 1963 but when he failed to sell it, converted it for road use. One of the biggest changes was the adoption of a 'clam-shell' nose that made access to the engine bay much easier.

Jones sold the car in 1965 and it remained on the US West Coast until 1983 when it was acquired by German collector Peter Kaus and displayed in his Rosso Bianco Museum. After the entire collection was sold early in 2006, the sole surviving original Tipo 151 was offered in Bonhams' end of year sale at Gstaad. Not surprisingly, it attracted a lot of attention and at CHF 1.85 Million, chassis 151.006 easily exceeded the top estimate and was the top seller of the auction. Acquired by an American collector of Italian cars and motorcycles, the Tipo 151 was shown at various events before being subjected to a full restoration.

By 2011 the mechanicals were fully sorted and the car finished 3rd in the very hotly disputed RAC TT Celebration race during the Goodwood Revival in the hands of Joe Colasacco and Derek Hill (son of 1961 World Champion Phil). The restoration is not yet completed though as the nose still is scheduled to be reconstructed to its original configuration with a separate engine cover.


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Last known location American Private Collection
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2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2015 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014 Goodwood Revival 2014 Goodwood Revival 2014 Goodwood Revival
2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2014 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014 Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 Goodwood Revival
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival
2011 Goodwood Revival 2011 Goodwood Revival 2006 Bonhams Gstaad Auction 2006 Bonhams Gstaad Auction
2006 Bonhams Gstaad Auction

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