Maserati Tipo 63 · 64 · 65 — Birdcage to Supercage

Maserati Tipo 63 · 64 · 65 — Birdcage to Supercage
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  • 1854432052
  • 9781854432056
by Willem Oosthoek By the end of 1960 the rear-engined revolution was well on its way in... mehr
Maserati Tipo 63 · 64 · 65 — Birdcage to Supercage

by Willem Oosthoek

By the end of 1960 the rear-engined revolution was well on its way in international sportscar racing. It led to a changing of the guard, with traditional front-engined racing designs such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Scarab giving way to rear-engined. Formula One-derived sportsracing cars like Lotus and Cooper. To remain competitive, Ferrari and Maserati were forced to make the transformation from "pull" to "push" as well, starting with the 1961 racing season.

Using as a central theme the change-over at Maserati from the front-engined Tipo 61 Birdcage design to the rear-engined Tipo 63, 64 and 65 Birdcages and Supercages, this book begins with a detailed description of the 1960 racing season. Supported by some 350 never published photographs, it describes the development of the Tipo 63 Muletto and the background of the private owners of the first three production cars: Briggs Cunningham, Count Giovanni Volpi and Lucky Casner. Every event in which the rear-engined Maseratis were raced in 1961 and 1962 is covered. Each race report features start photographs, a complete entry list, starting grid positions and final results. The book finishes in 1965, in the midst of the war between Ferrari and Ford, with the construction of the last rear-engined Birdcage built specifically for John Simone of Maserati France.

In addiction to the audience of Maserati aficionados, this work should appeal to anybody interested in the Golden Age of early sixties and sportscar racing.


  • The Front-Engined Predecessors: Tipo 60 and 61
  • The Competition: From Ferrari to Old Yaller
  • Tipo 63 Muletto: The Rear-Engined Birdcage Debuts
  • The Entrants: Cunningham, Volpi and Casner
  • 12 Hours of Sebring 1961: The First Test of the Rear-Engined Birdcage
  • Le Mans Practice Weekend 1961: A Disappointment for Maserati
  • Targa Florio 1961: A True Test for Man and Machine
  • Banking on the V12: Upgrade for the Birdcages
  • 1000 Km of the Nürburgring 1961: Victory for Maserati
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans 1961: Sweet Revenge for Ferrari
  • The Le Mans 1961 Aftermath: Redesign for the Tipo 63s
  • SCCA Bridgehampton 1961: 1-2-3 Finish for Maserati
  • 4 Hours of Pescara 1961: The End of the Line for Camoradi
  • SCCA Road America 500 1961: Success Under Extreme Conditions
  • SCCA Watkins Glen 1961: Going Nose-to-Nose with Ferrari
  • Times Grand Prix, Riverside 1961: Maserati's Fortunes Take a Downturn
  • Pacific Grand Prix, Laguna Seca 1961: British Onslaught Hits West Coast
  • Nassau Speedweek 1961: Weak Showing for Maserati
  • New Cars For 1962: The Tipo 64 Takes the Stage
  • 12 Hours of Sebring 1962: Disappointment for the Supercage
  • Targa Florio 1962: Tipo 64 Returns to the Factory
  • SCCA Road America 500 1962: Chaparral Breaks 6-Hour Barrier
  • Times Grand Prix, Riverside 1962: The Emergence of the Zerex Special
  • Pacific Grand Prix, Laguna Seca 1962: Poor Performance for Maserati
  • With a Little Help from Ford
  • Emergency Measures: John Simone's Tipo 65
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans 1965: the Ferrari-Ford Battle Heats Up
  • The Le Mans 1965 Aftermath: Back to the Factory
  • The Other Survivors: Races, Restorations and a Few Remaining Riddles
  • Appendix A: Race Histories by Individual Chassis
  • Appendix B: SWB versus LWB

Buch, Hardcover, 25 x 34 cm, 336 Seiten, 350 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text