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Thursday, September 24, 2020

One of the most legendary Maserati racing cars of 1950s

After we discussed the latest Maserati MC20 supercar some time ago, on the occasion we will discuss one of the old cars ever released by this Italian manufacturer which is equally beautiful. As you can see today, the Maserati classic race car not only appeared in stunning vintage red, also in good condition.
1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi under commissioned of a wealthy American businessman Tony Parravano. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3hzxG3b)
Did you know? This racing car known as Maserati 450S was actually ever driven by Stirling Moss, the most renowned UK' racer back in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Unfortunately in the race, his brakes mysteriously gave out, and the car suffered some nasty damage, but it has been completely restored and is looking amazing today.
1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi is appeared in a new contoured style body. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iUJwqp)
This beautiful car creation started when a wealthy American businessman named Toni Parravano hired Maserati in 1956 to develop a new V8-engined car using the Kurtis Indy chassis. Maserati saw it as an opportunity to revive its project coded Tipo 54 by developing a new engine and use its sport-specific chassis. The original car, which carried the V-6 engine with chassis number 3501, became the testbed for this American-ordered car.
1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi is made tremendous performance by clocked the third-best timing during test at the 1956 Sweden Grand Prix's practice season. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iUJwqp)
Carrozzeria Fantuzzi came into and made a new body with a contoured design. The car also got a longer wheelbase to accommodate its new 5.7-liter V-8 520hp engine. Then the updated vehicle was tested at the Sweden Grand Prix's practice session in August 1956 where the automaker continued to tweak the new chassis and make improvements.
1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi uses a 5.7-liter V8 engine with the power of 520hp. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iUJwqp)
Its appearance was quite surprising and amazed everyone with its tremendous acceleration and top speed. The car clocked the third-best timing in the practice, but the underdeveloped car could not handle the vibrations resonating from the wrong firing order of the engine’s spark plugs. Afterward, the 450S received a new chassis at the Modena factory.
1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi is claimed its first-ever podium finish at the 1957 Sweden Grand Prix. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iUJwqp)
Furthermore, this car was quickly prepared to take part in the 1956 Mille Miglia racing event with the legendary driver Stirling Moss behind the wheel of the 450S along with Denis Jenkinson as navigator. While in the race, the car suffered a brake failure and had to stop after hitting a tree. The driver and navigator survived without a scratch, but the car had to return to the factory for repairs and further development.
Development continued and in 1957, the new 450S was launched for its maiden race at 1000 km Buenos Aires where it had led the Ferrari twin-cam sports car by 10 seconds. But the car suffered a failed transmission and should be out the race. However, later the car claimed its first-ever podium finish at the 1957 Swedish GP. Sadly, the FIA changed the rules next year, making the 450S ineligible for the Grand Prix.
With a vehicle so rare, RM Auctions can expect anything from $5.5 million to $8 million U.S. dollars back in 2014. It will really take a lot of money along with even more courage to own this unique piece of history. Unfortunately, the car not sold with a high bid of $4,816,350 only.😌 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP SPEED | RM SOTHEBYSSUPERCARS | AIROWS | REVOLZCARPOLISHING | SIMON CARS | CLASSIC WEEKLY]
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