Since entering production in late 1957 the Maserati 3500 GT had proven a commercial hit. In little over three years around 900 had been completed making it one of the most successful high end Gran Turismos of its era. The 3500 GT offered handsome looks, a high specification and impressive performance. A pair of rear seats also made it a practical proposition which no doubt…Read More
Adolfo Orsi took over at Maserati in 1937 with the firm deep in financial trouble. Orsi injected fresh capital and after World War 2 the company resumed competition activities with both single seater and sports cars.
To help fund this expensive racing programme Maserati would occasionally build road cars by special request. Until the late fifties most of…Read More
With the Tipo 158 and 159 Alfa Romeo had won the inaugural 1950 and 1951 Formula 1 World Championships for Drivers. In the absence of a Constructors crown (not introduced until 1958) the Drivers contest was the most prestigious title in motor sport.
For 1952 the F1 regulations restricted entrants to normally-aspirated two-litre engines. Alfa’s…Read More
Although Giacchino Colombo’s 60° V12 had powered Ferrari to a host of important Sports car victories between 1947 and 1949, similar domination in Grand Prix racing had proven elusive.
Grand Prix engines were permitted in two states of tune: either supercharged units of up to 1.5-litres or un-supercharged units of up to 4.5-litres.Read More