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  Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1959 - 1960
Numbers built:16
Designed by:Giulio Alfieri
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 05, 2015
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Engine
Configuration Tipo 61 Straight 4
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 2,890 cc / 176.4 cu in
Bore / Stroke 100.0 mm (3.9 in) / 92.0 mm (3.6 in)
Compression 9.8:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft Gear driven
Fuel feed 2 Weber 45 DCO3 Carburettors
Ignition Twin Spark
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 250 bhp / 187 KW @ 6,800 rpm
BHP/Liter 87 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium
Chassis steel tubular spaceframe
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, Koni telescopic dampers, anti-roll-bar
Rear suspension DeDion rear axle, transverse leaf spring, telescopic Koni dampers, anti-roll-bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes (fr/r) hydraulic discs
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Clutch Dry, multi-plate
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 600 kilo / 1,323 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3,800 mm (149.6 in) / 1,500 mm (59.1 in) / 1,000 mm (39.4 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,200 mm (86.6 in) / 1,250 mm (49.2 in) / 1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Fuel tank 120 Litre (31.7 Gallon US / 26.4 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels 4.5 x 16
Tyres (fr/r) 6 x 16 / 6.5 x 16

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.42 bhp / kg
Top Speed 285 km/h (177 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1960 Nurburgring 1000 km (Dan Gurney / Stirling Moss in 2461)
1961 Nurburgring 1000 km (Masten Gregory / Lloyd Casner in 2472)

Auctions
Past sales

Resources
Suggested reading
  • Maserati, the Grand Prix and Sports cars, model by model 1926-2003, by Maurizio Tabucchi
  • Maserati, a complete history from 1926 to present, by Luigi Orsi and Franco Zagari
  • Maserati Tipo 60 and 61: The Magnificent Front Engined Birdcage, by Willem Oosthoek
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