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  Maserati 450S Costin Zagato Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1957
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Frank Costin / Zagato / Fantuzzi
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 12, 2006
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Chassis: 4512
Featured is the unique low drag coupe designed by British aerodynamics specialist Frank Costin and constructed by Zagato in Italy. There was little time to complete the project before the 1957 Le Mans race and without being properly tested the car left for France. For reasons unknown at the time, the car performed very poorly and was unable to match the open topped cars' top speeds. Later it was concluded that hot air from the radiator was directed straight to the Weber Carburetors, decreasing the engine's power considerably. Despite the problems, Moss managed to get the 450 S Coupe to second place before a mechanical failure put the pairing out of the race.

After the unique car's disappointing racing debut, the body was removed and left to rot in Maserati's scrapyard. An American collector traced the car down in 1958 and commissioned Maserati to reconstruct it as a road car. With the help of Fantuzzi the wheelbase was stretched 25 cm to create some additional interior space. When the job was completed the 450 S Costin Zagato Coupe was one of the fastest road cars in the world. After a spell in the United States, it was sold to prominent German collector Peter Kaus, who displayed it for many years in his Rosso Bianco museum.

In 2002 the unique racer turned road car was sold to its current owner and returned to the United States. He had it carefully restored by Faralli & Mazzanti to its original road car specification including a fresh layer of black paint. It was subsequently shown at various events including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Le Mans Classic. It is pictured in and around Palm Beach at the Cavallino Classic and Palm Beach, a Concours d'Elegance. In the first picture the Coupe 450 S is seen next to a 'regular' Roadster bodied example.


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2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance
2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance
2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance
2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance 2006 Palm Beach International, a Concours d'Elegance

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