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From Philippe in Belgium
RETRO CLASSICS - Stuttgart 2012
22 to 25 March

©Retro ClassicsThe Maserati myth at Retro Classics 2012

Italian automotive legend at the Stuttgart automobile exhibition; presentation of superb rarities from the marque with the trident

"No matter what the future holds for Maserati, I will never forget the beauty of a Tipo 8 CM, an early Tipo 26 B, the 8 CL and the fast 250 F which I loved driving. The raw ferocity of the Tipo 450 S or the Tipo 151 and the functionality of the famous 'Birdcage' will always be remembered."

Visitors to Retro Classics 2012 in Stuttgart will be able to experience Sir Stirling Moss' enthusiasm for the Maserati marque and its incomparable vehicles. A hitherto unique special Maserati show (Hall 4), which is being organised by the Stuttgart-based lawyer Bjorn Schmidt, will present the first steps of the Maserati marque in motor racing (1926) up to the tentative culmination of the Maserati factory entries with the victory in the 1957 Formula 1 World Championship, as well as the famous GT and sports cars of the 1960's and 1970's right up to the present day.

What first began, before the outbreak of the First World War, as a small workshop manufacturing spark plugs under the name "Maserati" in Pontevecchio near Bologna, Italy, was transformed in 1926 into "Officine Alfieri Maserati" which constructed its first racing car. At the outset there were originally seven brothers who were passionately interested in everything relating to technology. In 1898 Carlo, the oldest of the Maserati brothers, built a prototype combustion engine which he fitted to a bicycle. At the latest when the former coach builder Diatto from Turin commissioned Alfieri Maserati in 1922 to build a racing car, the now five remaining Maserati brothers began thinking about making a racing car bearing the Maserati name and the trident logo designed by their brother Mario. Right up until today, the trademark of Maserati automobiles has bore witness to the sea god Neptune who churned up the oceans with his trident.

The first Maserati, the Tipo 26, was a supercharged eight cylinder, 1492.6 cc racing car developing 115 bhp, whose elegant mechanics were reminiscent of the work of a clockmaker. Alfieri Maserati and Guerrino Bertocchi celebrated a brilliant debut with this car, i.e. the class victory in the Targa Florio Race in 1926. Whereas the original racing car design more or less remained the same over the years, Maserati managed to wring more and more power from the supercharged engine and modify it accordingly. Engine variants were therefore produced with a capacity of 1100, 1980, 2495 and 2992 cc. Maserati actually used the existing basis to construct a V engine containing 16 cylinders and a supercharger. Apart from a few exceptions, the vehicles were conceived purely for use in races. The racing cars were extremely successful; for example, Maserati is the only European marque to have won the Indianapolis 500 twice - in 1939 and 1940 - under modern conditions.

The Maserati sports cars were only slightly modified Grand Prix models, for example the "Sedici Cilindri" with the two juxtaposed 8-cylinder supercharged engines.

The decline of the Maserati marque began with the death of Alfieri Maserati aged just 44 on 3 March 1932. None of the surviving brothers could replace Alfieri Maserati's genius. The end of Maserati as a family-run company came in 1937 when it was taken over by the Orsi family from Modena. As the head of the family, Adolfo Orsi managed the fortunes of the wide-ranging enterprises of the Orsis. He had started out as a rag and bone man, risen to become a scrap metal dealer and opened the first steel works in the region around Modena in 1921. Maserati moved to Modena in 1938/39. Ten years later, as agreed contractually, the Maserati brothers finally left and founded the sports car company O.S.C.A. (Officine Specializzate Costruzioni Automobili - Fratelli Maserati SpA). However, the proud racing tradition of the Maserati marque was continued and culminated in Juan Manuel Fangio winning the World Championship in 1957 in a Maserati Tipo 250 F, which was regarded as the most beautiful Formula 1 racing car during the 1950's. The construction of pure Formula racing cars then stopped and henceforth attention was paid (almost) exclusively to the construction of sports cars.

The special Maserati show during Retro Classics will feature selected pre-war racing cars bearing the Maserati marque. It must be noted in this respect that hardly any of the first Tipo 26 racing cars have survived. Visitors will certainly be able to admire a Maserati Tipo 8 CM-3000 (construction year: 1934) whose in-line supercharged 8-cylinder engine generated 260 bhp and gave this racing car a top speed of 240 kph. Only a total of 18 units of the Tipo 8 CM were built and they were primarily sold to well-off private racing drivers. The famous Tazio Nuvolari achieved the first Grand Prix victory for the Tipo 8 CM at the Belgian Grand Prix in July 1933. Another highlight of the pre-war display will be a Tipo 6 CM-1500 dating from 1937. This is a successful Maserati single-seater, pre-war racing car from the Voiturette Class, of which a total of 27 units were built. The Maserati 6 CM-1500 model was intended by Maserati for the Voiturette Formula Class, which became increasingly more popular after 1935 and was open to lightweight single-seater racing cars with a maximum engine capacity of 1500 cc. The 6 CM-1500 replaced its predecessor of the 4 CS/CM model which had no chance against the competition, especially ERA, lastly in the 1935 season.

Maserati said that the engine power of the 6 CM-1500 model built in 1936-37 was 155 bhp (116 kW) at 6200 rpm. In the 1938/39 racing seasons Maserati equipped the 6CM model with a more powerful engine developing 175 bhp at 6600 rpm. The two last vehicles of the 6 CM-1500 model were fitted for experimental and test purposes with four valve cylinder heads. In order to reduce the weight, Maserati used electron both in the engine and the chassis. With a dry weight of 650 kilograms, the 6 CM-1500 model therefore reached speeds of up to 230 kph depending on the transmission. The 6 CM-1500 had independent front suspension which Maserati took over from the VR8I. The chassis for the 6 CM-1500 after the construction year 1937 was revamped with modified leaf springs.

The promotional breakthrough of the Maserati 6 CM-1500 was achieved during the l0th Eifel Race at the Nurburgring on 14 June 1936, Count Carlo Felice Trossi notched up victory in the works 6 CM (chassis number: 1532) ahead of Tommaso Omobono Tenni in a Maserati 4 CS/CM (s/n 1529), The allegedly biggest rival in the shape of Prince Bira in the ERA was beaten into third place. In particular, the independent front suspension helped Trossi to win on the bumpy Nurburgring with its numerous bends. This was followed by further victories. Special mention must be made of Trossi's win in the first staging of the GP de Picardie von Peronne on 21 June 1936, Trossi's win in the "Circuito di Milano" on 28 June 1936 and his victory in the "Coppa Ciano" on 2 August 1936 and in the "Coppa Edda" Ciano on 7 September 1936. Finally, Trossi came first in the Voiturette race at the Modena Circuit on 21 September 1936. The publicity drum forthe 6 CM-1500 was therefore successful beaten. Maserati then easily began to sell the 6 CM-1500 successfully to private racing drivers from all over the world. In addition to at least one Maserati Tipo A6 GCS/53, a Maserati 300 S and the famous Tipo 61 "Birdcage", the special show of post-war racing cars at Retro Classics will prominently feature a Tipo 250 F and probably the most powerful Maserati racing sports car of all, i.e. the Tipo 450 S.

Freely according to Sir Stirling Moss, the Maserati 250 F was exactly what he expected from a racing car at that time. It was faster and more powerful than anything else which he had previously driven. However, what astonished Moss so much was the fact that it was extremely simple and easy to drive. The 250 F Maserati is one of the most extraordinary, most successful and most endurable Formula 1 racing cars ever, and was designed by the factory for the new 2.5 litre formula, which came into force in Formula 1 in 1954. The Maserati 250 F is now regarded as a stylistic icon for the entire Formula epoch of that era. The name "250 F" denotes the engine capacity of 2500 cc and the "F" for Formula. All series and further developments taken together, the factory built the 250 F model between 1954 and 1958. Juan Manual Fangio attained the greatest success of the 250 F by winning the Formula 1 World Championship in 1957. This achievement made him and the Maserati 250 F immortal. The design of the 250 F was based on its predecessor, the Maserati A6 GCM model. At times, "old" A6 GCM chassis were also modified to create new 250 F models. These cars were, primarily due to the outdated chassis, inferior to the new 250 F. The converted A6 GCM cars could be recognised by the external tension struts. At least 34 Maserati units of the 250 F model were therefore built. This is an astonishing figure when it is considered that the cars were actually made by hand back then. A tubular frame had to be welded, an engine constructed and installed, and a separate gearbox developed and produced. The Tipo 450 S from 1956, of which only 9 were built, one of which as a coupe, was the world's first small-series racing car to break through the 300 kph "sound barrier" at a speed of 310 kph with its 4000 bhp. It won the Sebring 12 Hours and the Swedish Grand Prix in 1957. With just a little more luck in the last race in Caracas in the Sports Car World Championship in the 1957 season, Maserati would have easily managed to beat the upstart and arch rival from Maranello - Ferrari - and win the World Championship. The post-war display will feature one more highlight in the form of the last representative of the Maserati marque in Formula 1, i.e. a Cooper-Maserati F1 car from 1966 with a Maserati V12 engine as a carburetted version and a fuel injection version in an untouched original state.

A special Maserati show must also naturally include the road GT cars and sports cars of the post-war era. In particular, the GTs such as a 3500 GT Touring Coupe or the "Gentleman Express" with the name of Ghibli from the late 1960's also helped to make the marque with the trident famous. Visitors to the special show will also be able to see a pre-series 3500 GT Spyder which dates from 1959 and was styled by Carrozzeria Vignale. Only 9 units with this design were built. However, a Vignale Spyder is certainly an absolute rarity because only 242 units were built and no model has all the same details as another. In 1959 a new Vignale Spyder cost more than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB. Whereas the price of good Vignale Spyders is now around €350,000, you can easily add on another "0" for a rival model. That's how times have changed. The Maserati Quattroporte display will also be a special retrospective. Maserati presented the later legendary Maserati Ouattroporte from the first series in 1963 at the Turin Motor Show. The body came from Frua and was only available with a 4.2 litre V8 engine and subsequently a 4.7 litre V8 engine. From 1965 onwards, the then world's fastest series-produced 4-door saloon could be purchased and had a top speed of 230 kph thanks to a power output of 260 bhp. A total of 679 units were built, a real sales success story at the time.

The Quattroporte I will be accompanied by a third series Quattroporte freshly restored to the state of a new car. This model built in 1982 has the contemporary original colour "Marrone Colorado", a dark brown metallic colour which has only recently become fashionable again. Only 2,155 units of the 4.9-litre V8 monster, whose angular shape was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro's company Italdesign, were built and only a very few were fitted with the ZF-5 gearbox. The majority of these units were fitted with a 3-speed automatic gearbox for the USA, the main sales market. The topic of Quattroporte is also ideally suited for smoothly bridging the gap to the present day. The new car display will therefore show the latest interpretation of this topic, the current Quattroporte V. The GranTurismo and the GranCabrio will also naturally be presented in order to prove categorically that Maserati, after its varied history with all ups and downs, is now still able to produce the world's most beautiful and most fascinating sports cars and sports saloons.

The automobile exhibition Retro Classics will be held for the twelfth time in 2012. In 2011 65,000 visitors came to the exhibition which covered an area of 100,000 square metres in eight halls. The exhibitors, dealers, restorers, tradition departments of automobile manufacturers and their recognised clubs come to Stuttgart from all over Europe. In addition to aficionados of classic cars from the pre-war and post-war eras, lovers of highly traditional omnibuses, legendary trucks and motorcycles, and tractors get their money's worth at Retro Classics. The exhibition programme contains a special feature with the "Neo Classics" category, i.e. classic cars of the future. These are concept cars and manufacturers' vehicles which are currently being produced in limited numbers. The exhibition programme is rounded off by the Retro Night as a get-together for the automobile scene, along with auctions, the sales hall and the international parts market.

Opening hours of Retro Classics 2012:

Retro Classics 2012 will be open from 15.00 to 19.00 on Thursday, 22 March 2012, from 10.00 to 19.00 on Friday, 23 March 2012 and daily from 09.00 to 18.00 on Saturday, 24 March 2012 and Sunday, 25 March 2012.

During the Preview Day on the Thursday, the halls will be open specially for journalists and visitors wanting to admire the exquisite exhibits in peace and quiet.

The RETRO NIGHT® will be staged on the same day in Hall 1 from 19.00 to 22.00.

Simply follow the instructions at for registration, downloading and printing of tickets!

You can now pass the turnstiles at the trade fairgrounds without queuing.

From Roland in France

"Hello Enrico,

some pictures I took during Retromobile in Paris yesterday.

This is an A6GCS 1954 with ASI 7311...... to be restored !!

This Birdcage was at Retromobile Paris 2012, to be noted 3 rear mirrors .... just in case !

Best Regards.



Maserati Tipo 61 "Birdcage"

Maserati A6GCS

Maserati A6GCS

Maserati A6GCS
From Philippe in Belgium

"Ciao Enrico,

Grazie del informazione.

Ecco qualche foto; Monica, De Tomaso, 450S Replica, 250GT California, 300S, Ferrari "Classiche" ecc.

Mistral Spyder, Mistral Coupé, De Tomaso F1, A6GCS "Centro Sud" ecc.

Best Regards.



1948 Maserati A6 1500 Zagato Panoramica

Maserati Mistral Coupe

Maserati Khamsin


Maserati 300S

Maserati 300S #3061

1957 Maserati 200SI #2427

Maserati A6GCS "Scuderis Centro Sud"

Maserati Mistral Spyder 4000

PLEASE HELP ! I'm in need of a little T.L.C. !!

O.S.C.A. engine

DeTomaso 505 F1 Cosworth #308/505/01

1983 Ducati MHR 900

Ferrari 250GT California


Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona


Reklus Antique Racing Cars of Argentina

Maserati 450S Replica

The Monica 560
 on show at Rétromobile for the first time ever !

Diorama: "Le Mans"

New from CMC for 2012:
1957 Fiat Scuderia Maserati Transporter

On show at Rétromobile for the first time ever !
But who am I? See below for details!

- I’m over 18 feet long and 11 feet tall,
- I weigh 30 tons,
- My 9 in-line cylinders have a total capacity of 330 litres,
- With my four valves per cylinder and my turbocompressor, I can produce 1600 horsepower, and I guzzle 350 litres of fuel in an hour.
And yet I remained hidden in the same place for 50 years...

Who am I ?


I’m the Type 9 V.O.S. Duvant engine, on show at Rétromobile for the first time ever !
Up on the specially designed viewing platform is my friend Xavier !!

...Just three of these mechanical monsters were built in 1962 by the Duvant firm in Valenciennes, and for half a century this one remained hidden in the basement of the Auteuil race course. None of the tens of thousands of visitors who go there every Sunday ever knew it even existed. This fabulous engine used to drive a huge alternator that could provide power for the entire race course if there was a power cut. In 1990, the engine was stopped for the last time and remained forgotten at the bottom of its pit..


In early 2000, when work was being carried out in the basement, Jean-François Lacanal and his friends from the Association des Amoureux des Vieux Moteurs (Vintage Engines Appreciation Society) appeared on the scene when they heard that the race course management wanted to get rid of the giant. In one month, it was taken to pieces and each component was winched out by crane and taken to a place near Toulouse. When you consider that the engine block alone weighs 14 tons, a crank-arm 120 kilos and the flywheel 3.5 tons, you can only admire their prowess! In 2010, the monster awoke from its long slumber with a deep, earth-shaking roar, the compressor hissed and great plumes of smoke belched forth.

A unique experience at Rétromobile

The people in charge of the Association des Amoureux des Vieux Moteurs will be inviting visitors to climb up on to a specially designed viewing platform to get a close look at this gigantic working engine.



From Enrico in the UK

Ciao Maseratisti,

When Yon from Spain very kindly sent me details and photographs of his very late Ghibli GT for our Ghibli II Register, he also advised me that he was taking his Maserati to the Giuseppe Candini Workshop in Modena.

"Next week I will make an appointment with Candini to take the car for a total mecanical restoration both inside and outside. I spoke with them last week and was told that they would be delighted to be working on my car."

This reminded me of my last visit to the Candinis for a major service, including a change of cambelt.

This was back in 2007, just before the Marco Turci Memorial Meeting that year, and this year I will be there once again for my Ghibli's next major service.

I always look forward to and enjoy my visit, and the photos below will give you some idea of why !!

The visit is an experience like no other workshop I know, as for me, it's like visiting a member of the family, and a member of the family that I like !!

I know that after his visit, Yon will feel the same.


Outside the Candini Workshop...

...Maseratis await their turn.

And, inside the Candini Workshop,
amonst the Maseratis receiving special treatment are...

...a Ghibli Spyder, a Quattroporte I, a Bora, a Ghibli GT
a Ghibli Spyder, a Mistral Coupe and an A6G/54 2000 Spyder.

And whilst my Ghibli is up on the ramp.

We visit a local trattoria for lunch
Left to right: Enrico, Roger H and Marcello Candini

Candini's Office
surrounded by Maserati memorabilia!

Adverising posters for the film
"FANGIO Una Vita A 300 All'Ora"

Maserati Memorabilia

Engine from a Maserati A6G/54 2000
by Zagato being overhauled

A6G/54 2000 Spyder by Frua being restored

Yon's splendid 2.8-litre Ghibli GT - one of the last examples produced !











From MasertiStore in Italy

This year for your Valentine, MaseratiStore gives its customers the outstanding opportunity to purchase further exclusive creations which are part of the "Damiani for Maserati" collection, a result of the joint-venture between two icons of the Made in Italy luxury goods sector.

Each of these three collections shown below, include a necklace with a pendant, a key-ring, and a pair of cufflinks, and have the Maserati Trident engraved on the circle or oval; a play of shapes that reflect the tradition of the brand and its perfect combination of style and technology.



Further information at

From Newspress in the UK

The Monohull Yacht Maserati,
crewed by a team led by Giovanni Soldini, set sail today in an attempt to establish a new record for the Cadiz-San Salvador crossing.

Maserati’s first record challenge is an Atlantic crossing of 3884 miles.

Today saw the start of Maserati’s first record attempt.


On the ocean waves, the Maserati Boat epitomises the beauty, craftsmanship, speed and class of the marque.

Giovanni Soldini and his crew of seven experienced yachtsmen set sail this morning at 11:50:08 hrs GMT from the port of Cadiz, heading to San Salvador (Bahamas). The crew’s ambitious objective is to set a new record over the Cadiz-San Salvador distance, a journey of 3884 miles across the Atlantic that has never been attempted by a monohull yacht before now.


Giovanni Soldini – Skipper of the Maserati boat

David Vera – Watch leader of the Maserati Boat

Skipper Soldini is accompanied by German yachtsman Boris Herrmann (navigator), American yachtsman Brad Van Liew and Spaniard David Vera (both watch leaders) as well as four Italians: Gabriele Olivo (trimmer), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman) and Marco Spertini (second bowman).

“We have decided to set off from Cadiz immediately because of favourable weather,” explains Giovanni Soldini. “The high pressure area over the Azores has moved to a position from which it should grant us a good wind during the first half of the crossing. We can’t really tell what will happen in the second half, around 40-50 W, because the long term forecasts are simply not reliable enough. We shouldn’t find any surprises, though. We are all ready for the challenge and really looking forward to getting under way.”.


The Maserati Boat on the start line from Cadiz to San Salvador

Spaniard David Vera, Maserati watch leader adds: “I’m delighted to be part of the Maserati team. It’s a beautiful, fast boat and we’ve got a great team. I’m perfectly at home here in Spain too. I live in Gran Canaria and the passage around the Canary Islands is a crucial moment for us in navigational terms. We have to keep south of the islands, sailing as close as possible to the coast without losing any wind.”

The Cadiz-San Salvador record is being monitored by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. It is a particularly tough challenge due to the length of the crossing and its difficulty. The main problem during the first part of the trip will be a high pressure area over the Azores and blocking the way. During the second half, the principal risk will come from a series of fronts and depressions that could slow the boat down if the pressure is too low.


Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati crew in Cadiz (Spain)

In the past, only large trimarans have made attempts on this record. Maserati is trying to set the first reference time for monohull boats.

The record attempt can be followed live on Giovanni Soldini and Maserati’s new website ( The site contains news, videos and photos of the crew’ life on board, and provides continuous monitoring of the marine weather conditions, as well as online tracking to check the position and speed of Maserati in real time.

Continuous updates are also available on Facebook (through Giovanni Soldini's official page, with over 10,000 likes) and Twitter (@giovannisoldini, 56,000 followers; @borisherrmann; Brad Van Liew @TeamLazarus).


Maserati and a Maserati GranCabrio Sport in Cadiz (Spain)

Maserati and a Maserati GranCabrio Sport in Cadiz (Spain)

The challenge is being sponsored by Maserati as main partner and inspiration for the boat’s name, by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group) and by Generali itself as co-sponsor.


Maserati's support and participation in this major Italian challenge in sport and technology confirms the company’s role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is universally known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide, through successful high-quality cars like the Quattroporte, GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on water.

BSI and Generali

BSI is one of Switzerland’s oldest banks and specialises in private wealth management through top flight global management. BSI is a fully controlled member of the Generali Group, and fields a presence on all major international financial markets, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Generali is one of the world’s largest international insurance groups with offices in over 60 countries. The group boasts a robust footprint in Europe, EEC member states, Asia and Latin America, serving over 70 million customers. The Generali Group is a European leader in life insurance with assets of over 400 billion euros.

Suppliers for the attempt include Vodafone Italia, responsible for providing telecommunication services and developing the official website, the marine clothing brand Murphy & Nye, who have supplied the clothing for the entire Maserati team, official time keeper Bulgari, and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. producers of the special paints and enamels used on the hull.

Maserati is also sponsored by Eataly, suppliers to the boat’s galley, Beta Utensili, who have provided all the professional tools, Corderia Lancelin, supplier of the special ropes and cables, FPT Industrial for technical assistance with the engines, Jeppesen for the cartography, B&G Navico for technical assistance with on-board instrumentation, Cantiere Picchiotti of La Spezia, home of Maserati on dry land, and the Port of La Spezia, home of Maserati when at sea.

Text and Photos courtesy of Maserati

From Philippe in Belgium

Philippe has just sent me this announcement of a series of lectures on the subject of "Italian Cars from the First 40 years of the Twentieth Century" to be given at the Cittadella Politecnica della Mobilità in Corso Settembrini 178, Torino and the Museo dell'Automobile, Corso Unità d'Italia 40, Torino between the 10th January and 2nd May 2012.

Two lectures of particular interest to Maserati enthusiasts:

"The works of the Maserati Brothers from the end of the eighteenth century to the forties of the twentieth century." by Dott. Ing. Alfieri Maserati, at the Cittadella Politecnica della Mobilità at 17:30 on the 14th March 2012.


"Electric vehicles: their origin and development. Maserati electric trucks during the second world war." by Dott. Ing. Alfieri Maserati, at the Cittadella Politecnica della Mobilità at 17:30 on the 2nd May 2012.


From Enrico in the UK

©Automobilismo d'Epoca"Ciao Maseratisti,

Alberto in Italy has just advised me of the publication of a "Biturbo Dossier" that appeared in the June 2008 issue of "Automobilismo d'Epoca", which also featured his Racing.

Entitled "Soffio al cuore" ("Murmur of the heart"), the article is not only a most useful buyer's guide for anyone wishing to buy a Maserati from the Biturbo era, but a thoroughly interesting read for any Maseratista !

The images below are intended to give you some idea of the quality of the article by Di Andrea Lemma and Vittorio Falzoni Gallerani, with photos by Simone Romeo.

The journalist wrote that the Spyder also belonged to Alberto, but unfortunately it doesn't.

I strongly recommend that you try and get hold of a copy as it contains a most interesting and comprehensive 20 page article on the Maserati Biturbo.

I am sure that even if you don't speak any Italian, like me with the help of the excellent Google translator, you will enjoy this excellent article.

Best regards,



Alberto's splendid Mserati Racing
























From Philippe in Belgium

"Ciao Enrico,

Ecco qualche foto da Essen 2012.




Maserati Tipo 250F #2507

Wonderful background photo of a young Sir Stirling Moss
standing alongside a Maserati A6G 2000 by Allemano

Maserati Merak SS

FOR SALE: a Maserati Spyder by Zagato
From Jacques in France

Jacques has just sent me this photograph of the 1.5-litre V12 Maserati engine of the Cegga Maserati.

Photo source believed to be "thais66" from

Hilclimb: Sancey le Grand - 1969
Cegga-Maserati (Maserati F1 engine) Driver: Georges Gachnang
From Denise in Australia


I am an owner of a 1995 Maserati in Australia.

I am having problems trying to identify whether my car is 222SR or a Ghibli.

It has a 2.8 V6 Biturbo motor, 5 speed manual, Ranger diff, no spare wheel, or facilities for one.

I believe it is a 18-valve motor as it has no written indirection of a 24V, and rear spoiler.

It is badged 222SR on the rear, after reaching photographs I can still not identify it as a 222SR it appears similar to a Ghibli.

I am sending some pics to you, your advise would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,



Denise's Maserati 222 SR


"Hi Denise,

Let me have the VIN number and I'll tell you straight away, but from the photos it looks like a 222 SR.

All Ghiblis had the 24-valve engine, so your 18-valve engine puts the Ghibli out straight away. To be honest the body, has a similar frontage to the Ghibli, but your Maserati is definitely a 222 SR. A nice car nevertheless !

Does it have adjustable suspension ? I'm curious because the SR stands for "Sospensione Regolabile", yet it was an optional extra.

More photos of the interior; seating and dashboard, and a few photos of the engine bay would help.



From Philippe in Belgium

©autosport.comFriday, January 27th 2012, 17:26 GMT: Former Maserati grand prix driver Roberto Mieres has died at the age of 87.

Mieres, who started 17 world championship grands prix during the early 1950s, passed away in Uruguay, where he had lived for a number of years.

Born in Argentina in 1924, Mieres was 23 when he took up racing in 1947. He won first time out in an MG at a makeshift event organised by his friends at a local speedway.

With numerous wins in his homeland under his belt, an appearance in a pre-war Alfa Romeo grand prix car at Rosario in 1950 was spotted by Giuseppe Farina and Alberto Ascari - the pair advising him to further his racing in Europe.

Through his friend Harry Schell he became reserve driver for the Gordini grand prix team in 1953 and made his world championship debut at that year's Dutch Grand Prix.

He scored points in five of the eight grands prix he finished for Gordini, Maserati and his own machinery, and finished a career-best fourth on three separate occasions.

The 1955 campaign was his best, as he took eighth place in the championship standings. He returned to South America at the end of the '55 season (during which he also featured in Maserati's Le Mans line-up) and raced mostly in sportscars for the rest of his career.

Fascinated by many sports, after winding down his driving activities Mieres turned his attention to sailing and represented Argentina at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

From Newspress in the UK

Maserati prepares for attempt at Cadiz-San Salvador speed record (3,884 miles) Giovanni Soldini crossing the North Atlantic with a 7-man crew.

The first ambitious challenge at a speed record in the North Atlantic by Giovanni Soldini and Maserati was announced today in Milan. As from early February Soldini and a crew of seven will be engaged in seeking to become the new record holders between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas) on board Maserati, a VOR 70 monohull which has been completely overhauled.


Giovanni Soldini and a GranCabrio Sport at the Maserati HQ...

Maserati prepares for attempt at Cadiz-San Salvador speed record

In addition to skipper Soldini, Maserati will be crewed by 7 capable yachtsmen with a past track record in open ocean-going regattas and in competitions such as the America’s Cup. German Boris Herrmann (navigator), American Brad Van Liew (watch leader) and Spaniard David Vera (watch leader) will make up a team completed by four Italians: Gabriele Olivo (trimmer), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Gerardo Siciliano (second bowman), and Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman).

The record for the Cadiz-San Salvador run which is 3884 miles long, is monitored by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, the international body that gives official status to the fastest sailing times along the historical routes once plied by clippers. Only maxi trimarans have sailed across this route before: Maserati will be the first monohull attempting to establish the record in its category.

“The challenge is a demanding one, given the length and the difficulty of the route,” explains Soldini. “In the first half of the journey our concern is the area of high pressure that could potentially block our path near the Azores. During the second half, the difficulties could be the fronts and depressions which, if too low, will slow the boat down. Nevertheless, I am sure it will be a fantastic experience and I am delighted with the entire crew.”


Maserati prepares for attempt at Cadiz-San Salvador speed record

Maserati prepares for attempt at Cadiz-San Salvador speed record

Backing for this challenge is provided by Maserati, the main partner in the endeavour, which gives its name to the boat. It is flanked by the Swiss bank BSI (Generali Group), and by Generali, which features in the capacity of co-sponsor. The official suppliers to the undertaking are: Vodafone Italia, Murphy&Nye, Bulgari (the official time keeper) and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A.

Live coverage of the yachting ventures of Maserati will be available from the new Giovanni Soldini-Maserati website (,which will go live in a matter of days. The website will feature news, video footage and photos directly from the boat, as well as reports on the meteorological conditions and live updates on the position and the speed of Maserati.


MASERATI - a VOR 70 monohull

Constant updates on the three record attempts, as well as on the movements between the regatta locations and the onshore preparatory work will also feature on facebook, twitter and youtube, linked to the home page of the website.


Maserati’s display of support and involvement in this major Italian project, combining sport and technology, confirms its role as a world ambassador for that level of excellence for which Italy is known. Maserati gives zealous expression to that excellence every day in 65 countries worldwide through high-quality successful products such as the Quattroporte, the GranTurismo, and the GranCabrio. The performance of Maserati cars on the road matches that of Giovanni Soldini and Maserati on the water.

BSI and Generali

One of the most longstanding banks in Switzerland, BSI specialises in private wealth management through high-level global management. BSI, which is fully controlled by the Generali Group, currently fields a presence in the major international financial markets, notably Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Generali, a major international insurance group, operates in over 60 countries. It boasts a robust footprint in Europe, EEC Member States, Asia, and Latin America and serves over 70 million customers. A European leader in the life insurance sector, the Generali Group manages assets of over 400 billion Euros.

Text and Photos courtesy of Maserati




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