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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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 Saw Connell's Ferarri/Maserati in Action  
I remember watching Alan Connell's Birdcage/w Ferarri V12 in action many times around Texas and Louisiana many times during the early 60's. That care was awesome. It was a sight to see those exhaust headers snaking out thru the Birdcage frame.

Too bad it was restored to original version. I would rather see it in historic races w/the V12.

We have 8MM film of this car in action.

Another guy had the Maser engine put into a Cooper Monaco, maybe a Lotus 19. It's been a while. That Maser engine would torque the Monaco's frame out of shape and it had to be straightened between races.
 #2461's History  
This particular example #2461 has quite a history. After winning at the N≥rburgring, it was sold to Alan Connell who replaced the motor with a Ferrari V12 and raced it in the US. It has been rebuilt several times. In August of 2003 it was put up for auction by Christies at Pebble Beach but was not sold. It is worth nearly $2mil. Here are some pictures and info of the car during its V12-powered years http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/AlanConnell.html
 Bird of prey  
This must be my favourite Maser. It is not only beautiful, it is also fast, taut and agile. It has become a legend. This is a far more better car than its successor, the mid-engined T63. This Birdcage was said to have twitchy handling.The throttle was to be touched with great care. A driver needed to be experienced to take this type to the limit.

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