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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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Chassis 2451 The works prototype, this Birdcage was originally fitted with a two-litre engine and tested by Stirling Moss. It was first raced at Rouen in July of 1959, where Moss immediately grabbed the victory. Later in the year, it was also driven to victory in an Italian hill-climb by>>>

Chassis 2453 Finished in Italian racing red, chassis 2453 was sold to Edwin D. Martin of Columbus Georgia. He only raced the car a handful of times before crashing it very badly at Daytona in November of 1959. The remains of the car passed through various hands before ending up in Englan>>>

Chassis 2454 Bought new from the factory by American privateer racer Loyal Katskee, this chassis was first raced late in 1959 during the Nassau Speed Week. Katskee's best result with the car was a third at Road America in 1960. Early in 1961, it was acquired by compatriot Don Skogmo, who>>>

Chassis 2455 The fifth Birdcage built, this example was also sold to the United States. Liveried in white with a red central stripe, it was raced extensively and successfully by Gus Andrey for the car's owner Mike Garber. In 1959, Andrey finished second in the Governer's Trophy in the Na>>>

Chassis 2457 Shortly after taking delivery of this Birdcage, owner David F. Causey sent it to Bob Webb, who revised the tail. The work was ready in time for the car's debut at the 1960 Sebring 12 Hours. Unfortunately, a gearbox failure ended the race early for Causey and co-driver Luke S>>>

Chassis 2458 Another of the Camoradi team cars, this Birdcage was delivered early in 1960. It was immediately successful in the hands of Stirling Moss, who won that year's Cuba Grand Prix. Following a fruitless outing at Sebring, it was then raced to victory at Riverside by Carroll Shelb>>>

Chassis 2461 After serving as a spare for the Sebring 12 Hours, this Tipo 61 was entered for the 1960 Nürburgring 1000 km by Camoradi for Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney. They won the race outright, scoring the Birdcage's first prominent international victory. It was then modified with>>>

Chassis 2463 Replacing his own front-engined Chaparral racer, this Tipo 61 was acquired new by Jim Hall and his brother Dick. Hall raced the car with great success in SCCA and USAC events between June of 1960 and June of 1961. Chassis 2463 was then sold on to Chuck Parsons, who added sev>>>

Chassis 2464 Finished in the team's familiar white with a blue stripe livery, this Tipo 61 was first by Camoradi in the 1960 Nürburgring 1000 km. Piloted by Masten Gregory and Gino Munaron, it eventually finished fifth in the race by one of its sister cars. Later that year, chassis >>>

Chassis 2467 Completed in the summer of 1960, this Tipo 61 Birdcage was sold new to J. Frank Harrison in the United States. It was raced for him in the fall races by Jim Jeffords, Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby with limited success. The car's career came to an abrupt end when Jeffords was t>>>

Chassis 2470 Built in December of 1960, this was the last Birdcage completed that year. Finished in red, it was sold new to Jack Hinkle of Wichita, Kansas. He campaigned the car throughout the 1961 season in SCCA events with considerable success. Hinkle sold the car on to Tracy Bird, who>>>

Chassis 2472 The very last Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage built, chassis 2472 was entrusted to the Camoradi team for the 1961 season. Although it failed to finish in Sebring, it scored a victory at the Nürburgring 1000 km in the hands of Masten Gregory and Lloyd 'Lucky' Casner himself. C>>>

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