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  Maserati 450S
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1956 - 1958
Numbers built:10
Internal name:Tipo 54
Designed by:Fantuzzi
Predecessor:Maserati 300S
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 28, 2014
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Engine
Configuration 90º V8
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 4,478 cc / 273.3 cu in
Bore / Stroke 93.8 mm (3.7 in) / 81.0 mm (3.2 in)
Compression 9.6:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft Gear driven
Fuel feed 4 Weber 45 IDM Carburettors
Ignition Twin Spark
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 400 bhp / 298 KW @ 7,000 rpm
Torque 488 Nm / 360 ft lbs @ 5,500 rpm
BHP/Liter 89 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium
Chassis multi-tubular steel frame
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic Houdaille shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension DeDion axle, transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, hydraulic Houdaille shock absorber, anti-roll bar
Steering worm-and-sector
Brakes hydraulic drums, all-round
Gearbox Colotti 5 speed Manual
Clutch Dry, multi-plate
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 790 kilo / 1,742 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,350 mm (171.3 in) / 1,550 mm (61 in) / 1,000 mm (39.4 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,400 mm (94.5 in) / 1,333 mm (52.5 in) / 1,298 mm (51.1 in)
Fuel tank 140 Litre (37 Gallon US / 30.8 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) 5 x 16 / 5.5 x 16
Tyres (fr/r) 6 x 16 / 7 x 16

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.51 bhp / kg
Top Speed 320 km/h (199 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1957 Sebring 12 Hours (Juan Manuel Fangio / Jean Behra in 4503)
1957 Swedish Grand Prix (Jean Behra / Stirling Moss in 4503)

Auctions
Future sales
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
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