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  Maserati 250F T2 'V12'
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1957
Numbers built:2 or 3
Designed by:Giulio Alfieri and Medardo Fantuzzi for Maserati
Predecessor:Maserati 250F T2 'Lightweight'
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 26, 2013
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Chassis: 2531
Chassis 2531 was the second 250F built specifically for the new V12 and the only one campaigned with this engine. It was tested extensively in the summer of 1957 before making its racing debut at Monza in the hands of Jean Behra. Later in the year it was seen twice more in practice but it was not raced again. At the end of the season it was sold, less engine, to Brazilian Antonio Mendes de Barros. He fitted a Chevrolet V8 engine and extensively raced the Maserati on the South American continent. In 1972 the car was retrieved by Colin Crabbe and sold to enthusiast Paul Michael.

During the 1980s the unique V12-engined 250F was sold extensively to American restorer and historic racer Stephen Griswold. He completely rebuilt the car with a 3.5 litre V12 engine that had originally been used in one of Briggs Cunningham's 'Birdcage' sports cars. Griswold's plan was to reduce the engine's size once the car was fully was fully sorted. British expert Neil Twyman was commissioned to sort the body of which at least 90% had survived. Once completed the car was raced several times by Griswold with some good finishes and even victories as a result.

Griswold eventually sold the car to a German enthusiast, who continued to race it throughout the 1990s in historic events before selling it to the current owner. In recent years it has only rarely been seen in public. At one exception it is pictured above in the hands of the son's owner at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed where 60 years of Formula 1 was celebrated. Three years later it was pressed into service again for the Goodwood Revival.


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2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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