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From Bonhams in the UK

MASERATI 300S #3053

On the 12th July 2013, during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams will be holding their sale of "Collector's Motor Cars".

The sale will include a most important Maserati sports-racer, the Ex-Bill Spear/Sherwood Johnston 1955 Maserati 300S #3053.

LOT 340.

The Ex-Bill Spear/Sherwood Johnston 1955 Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider

Chassis no. 3053
Engine no. 3053 (see text)

Estimate: GB £3.5 million - 4.5 million
EURO 4.1 million - 5.3 million
US $5.4 million - 7 million

SOLD FOR GB £4,033,500.


No less a racing driver than Sir Stirling Moss has described the 3-litre 6-cylinder engined Maserati 300S as having been: " of my favourite front-engined sports Maseratis - one of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made...".

The incomparable Maserati Tipo 300S

Classic lines for a classic racer !

Here we offer a particularly well-known, well-presented and fine-quality example of this intensely well-respected and much-coveted model. Maserati 300S chassis serial '3053' was the third sports-racing car of its type to be ordered by the great American entrant Briggs Swift Cunningham for the use of his old friend and team driver Bill Spear.

Upon delivery in the USA, Maserati '3053' now offered here was co-driven by Bill Spear and Sherwood Johnston in the 1955 Sebring 12-Hours race, American road racing's round of the FIA Sports Car World Championship...



Spear and Johnson enjoyed a fine debut race with their brand-new Maserati, finishing third overall at the end of the 12-Hours race around Hendrick Field AFB, Florida, having completed no fewer than 180 laps of the 5.2-mile circuit. This total was only two fewer than the total completed by the second-placed Phil Hill/Carroll Shelby-driven Ferrari 750 Monza and the winning Mike Hawthorn/Phil Walters Jaguar D-Type (also entered by Briggs Cunningham) ahead of them. The American duo sharing '3053' also beat into fourth place the works-supported Maserati 300S (chassis '3061') co-driven in this grueling event by budding works driver Cesare Perdisa and Gino Valenzano.

Following this very successful racing debut in '3053', big, burly Bill Spear then campaigned this car in a selective programme of Sports Car Club of America events. On May 15, 1955, he finished second in the car in Round 4 of that year's Sports Car Club of America National Sports Car Championship event at Cumberland, Maryland, headed only by his Sebring co-driver Sherwood Johnson in a 4½-litre V12-engined Ferrari 375.



On July 4 he spun out of the SCCA preliminary at Beverly Airfield, Massachusetts, before sharing '3053' with John Gordon Bennett to finish fifth in the feature event that day. He also set fastest lap in this car, but did not reappear at this level until September 11 in the SCCA Nationals on the Road America circuit at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. There he again finished fifth, this time behind John Gordon Bennett's sister Maserati 300S (chassis '3051') the Jaguar D-Types of Sherwood Johnston and Ernie Erickson and overall winner Phil Hill's Ferrari 750 Monza.

The following weekend at Watkins Glen in upstate New York saw Bill Spear and '3053' back on top form as the combination again took a strong second place in the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, this time bettered only by his old sparring partner Sherwood Johnston in the Cunningham-entered D-Type Jaguar. The top-quality sports-racing cars trailing in '3053's wake included a sister Maserati 300S, Ferrari 375, 340 and 250 Mille Miglia, and the works-team 5.4-litre V8-engined Cunningham C4Rs. Bill Spear also set fastest lap of the Glen's contemporary 4.6-mile country road circuit with a time of 3 minutes 17.4 seconds.



October 16 then saw Spear and '3053' in fierce competition once again, this time at Fairchild Air Force Base outside Hagerstown, Maryland. The combination finished third in the 100-mile feature race there against winner Sherwood Johnstone, out again in Cunningham's D-Type Jaguar, and Phil Hill's Ferrari 750 Monza.

This well raced and highly competitive Maserati was also featured in the August 1955 issue of the popular specialist periodical Sports Cars Illustrated, illustrations showing that the car had been fitted with a headrest topping its rear deck.

After racing '3053' most enjoyably that season, Bill Spear eventually sold the car in the summer of 1956 to fellow amateur SCCA enthusiast Joe Giubardo of Valley Stream, Long Island. He appeared in the car only very occasionally, making his apparent debut in it during an SCCA Regional Meeting at Thompson Raceway, New England on May 26, 1957. On June 9 that year he emerged at higher level in the SCCA National Championship round at Lime Rock, Connecticut, but failed to finish.



On August 18, 1957, Joe Giubardo then came home seventh in '3053' at Montgomery AFB, but while retaining this exotic Maserati, it appears that he concentrated upon more humble motor racing from mid-1957 forward with an Austin-Healey Special and an MGA Twin-Cam. He then reappeared in '3053' at Montgomery on August 9, 1959, placing tenth in the 'big-banger' sports car race won by George Constantine's Aston Martin DBR2 from Phil Forno's Lister-Jaguar and Bob Holbert's Porsche RSK. It is believed that his last race in the car was at Bridgehampton, Long Island in September 1958. Nevertheless he kept the great Italian classic until 1964.

Tragically, Joe Giubardo was murdered by two young assailants at his home in 1964. We understand that [as recorded in Maserati authority Walter Baumer's massive book 'The Maserati 300S' (published by Dalton Watson, Deerfield, IL, USA - 2008) ] "...the next owners on record were Bill Wonder, an enthusiast from Glen Cove, and Joel Finn, author of the first book about the cars from Modena, 'Maserati; The Postwar Sports-racing Cars'.



Bill Wonder entered '3053' in assorted Historic events during the 1970s, and around 1986 the well-preserved Maserati was acquired by leading German Maseratisto Dr Thomas Bscher. After some twenty years in his care, during which it was maintained in highly original order while being campaigned most successfully in European Historic racing, the car passed from Dr Bscher to the current owner.

As offered the car has a fully race-prepared Cyril Embrey-built Maserati 300S engine installed while its original power unit ex-USA is included as a spare with this Lot. This spare factory-built engine's cylinder head is stamped '44' while the cylinder block bears the stamping '24'. Both components are also stamped with a number '7' and Walter Baumer suggests that the block was damaged at some time in its American career, a later cylinder head being supplied and both components being re-stamped with the common number '7' during reassembly. Most importantly the engine has the original factory number '3053' (with rosette flanking punch marks) stamped into the crankcase's integrally-cast bearer.

A Jack Knight-modified five-speed transaxle is presently installed while the period-correct four-speed transaxle, together with its associated four-speed and reverse cockpit gearchange gate, is offered within the spares that accompany this Lot.



Since the original Briggs Cunningham order to which '3053' was supplied had actually included no fewer than three sister 300S cars, each one was widely stamped in period at Cunningham's request to differentiate the individual sister vehicles.

Spare Borrani wire wheels included with this Lot bear witness to this process, 'SPEAR' being stamped clearly into the rim ledges. As Baumer declares in his 300S book, "This 300S is wonderfully preserved in its original state. All three of the early 300Ss (and probably also No. '3057') were delivered with panels that covered the chassis tubes in the cockpit. These panels are still present in '3053' ".

A minor bodywork modification at the rear of the cockpit provided its tall and robustly-built owner with extra space by removing the standard spare-wheel clearance bulge panel from the bulkhead there. This original panel is preserved with this Lot's spares and accompanies it in this Sale. The gearbox cowl was also replaced within the cockpit but is also preserved and available within '3053's spares. A very neat roll-over hoop is incorporated within the car's headrest paneling.

The instruments on the car's dash panel are Maserati and Jaeger originals, apart from a later modification fuel pressure gauge on the passenger side facia section.

The vendor and his resident engineer have maintained the car meticulously and taken great pains during their lengthy tenure not to alter the car permanently in any way. No non-original holes have been drilled and the detachable passenger-side windscreen section adopted for such events as the Mille Miglia Retrospective merely slots into the pre-existing attachment points provided for the rigid cockpit tonneau panel. Original Maserati 450S-sized front brakes are fitted which provide '3053' with remarkable capability within its drum-braked class.

As such, the car can be configured to be equally at home on road or track, demonstrating the car's fantastic versatility. Furthermore, the spare engine, containing much of '3053's original DNA is preserved alongside, together with a useful spares package as partly described above.

Such premium-grade Maserati 300S sports-racing cars are very rarely offered for sale by public auction. The appearance of '3053' here as one of the star Lots in Bonhams' 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale is certain to generate worldwide interest.

As Sir Stirling has confirmed of Maserati's peerless 300S: " of the easiest, nicest, best-balanced sports-racing cars ever made...".

Now '3053' can be yours.

Text and photos courtesy of Bonhams.

From Jim in the USA


"Hello Enrico,

Please note Bonhams' misrepresentation of Joe Giubardo in regard to this historic car.

I worked for Joe, while going to college, at Giubardo Motors in Bellerose, NY.


I attended his funeral with his wife Vivian, his father and his brother Sid.

I had seen this car numerous times at his home in Carle Place NY. Joe told me that Carroll Shelby thought his Maserati was faster than Carroll’s at Bridgehampton race track, although Joe was not a great driver but did run and finish at Sebring in his Healey 100-4 special.

It was always a mystery to how Bill Wonder who was a friend of Joe’s ended up with the car.


From the Argentine

Froilan Jose Gonzalez 1922-2013

There was very sad news fron South America this week with news of the passing of Argentinian racing driver Froilan Jose Gonzalez.

Froilan Jose Gonzalez 1922-2013

A larger than life character, he earned the nickname "Pampas Bull" from his English fans because of his substantial presence.

During his Formula One career, from 1950 to 1957, Gonzalez raced in 26 Grand Prix, winning twice and gaining fifteen podium finishes. As well as Ferrari, for whom he gained their first Formula One Grand Prix victory, he also drove for Maserati and Vanwall.

If you wish to know more about his colourful life, try and get hold of a copy of "Jose Froilan Gonzalez - The Pampas Bull" by Guillermo S Iacona, which was published back in 2006 with Argentinian and English text.

From Onno in Belgium

Coppa Classico, Oostmalle, Belgium.

"Hello Enrico,

I'm sending you some pictures of Maseratis I took at the Coppa Classico event in Oostmalle, Belgium the other weekend (09-06-2013).

It was a truly nice day in a very informal and happy atmosphere. The Belgium club got their private parking area in front of the castle and as you can see there was a great mix of old and newer Maseratis.

My Ghibli finally got to meet its brother from Holland, owned by Bart van der Weiden, who also participated in the concours d'elegance.

Hope you enjoy the pics of this duo, next to a beautiful 3500 GT Vignale Spyder.

Best regards,




From Belgium and Holland...

...the Ghibli brothers are reunited !!











The gorgeous Maserati Ghibli SS...

...and its understandably proud owner !!







The beautiful 3500 GT Vignale Spyder...

...and another understandably proud owner !!






What the butler saw !!



The beautifully crafted cockpit of the Maserati Ghibli SS

A rare Maserati Merak 2000

From Bruno in Italy

My Maserati Ghibli E1

"Hi Enrico,

I am Italian and my name is Bruno. I race in Hill Climbs with my Maserati Ghibli 1a serie.

It has now been modified and tuned to compete in the Group E1 class.

Weighing only 1,100 Kg, and producing 400 bhp at a boost pressure of 1.2 bar, it is very competitive !!

I also have many competion parts to sell for the Maserati Ghibli, and have procured, via my sponsor, these 18-inch wheels for the Maserati Ghibli. The set of four, consists of 8J X 18" (front) and 9J X 18" (rear).

I also produce the complete bodywork in glass fibre; including bonnet, boot lid, front and rear side panels, and front and rear bumpers.

I also produce a Brembo brake kit for the Ghibli.

Could you please publish something on your site.

I can be contacted at:

Tel: +39 347 6436168 (mobile)


Tutto il resto è classifica...




- Intake manifold kit with No 2 throttle bodies 2000 euro
- Kit aspirazione con n.2 farfalle 2000 euro

- Exhaust manifolds for top-mounted turbochargers 2200 euro
- Collettori per turbine alte 2200 euro

- Copper clutch plate 800 euro
- Frizione in rame 800 euro


- Lightening body shell with roll cage and reinforced suspension turrets 20000 euro
- Preparazione scocca alleggerita con roll bar e rinforzi duomi 20000 euro

- Adjustable double-spring shock absorbers with load spring helper plus modified strut brace 3000 EURO
- Ammortizzatori a ghiera doppia molla con elper piu modifica attacco barra stabilizzatrice 3000 euro

- Brembo brake kits from 1500 euro
- Kit freni Brembo a partire da 1500 euro

- Alloy wheels: 8J X 18" (front) and 9J X 18" (rear) set of No 4 wheels at 1200 euro.
- Ruote in legga: Ant 8J da 18" e post 9J da 18" e ant 8J set di n.4 cerchi li vendo a 1200 euro.


- Bonnet 600 euro
- Cofano 600 euro

- Boot lid 400 euro
- Baule 400 euro>
- Front wing 500 euro
- Fianchetti anteriori 500 euro

- Rear wing 800 euro
- Fianchi posteriori 800 euro

- Front bumper 400 euro
- Paraurti anteriore 400 euro

- Rear bumper 400 euro
- Paraurti posteriori 400 euro

Bruno's Maserati Ghibli 1a serie...

...before the modifications

Bruno always enjoyed taking his Ghibli round the circuit

But a few modifications were needed for serious competition

The engine would need to be overhauled

Bruno seems to be enjoying his handywork !

The chassis needs to ne strengthened

A roll-cage needs to be prepared

The roll-cage must be installed...

...and the heavy steel body panels must be removed

The work on the chassis is now complete

New radiator and intercoolers

18-inch wheels with slicks

New fibreglass body panels

New rear section fibreglass body panels

Extensive modifications to the engine bay

With the final engine modifications now completed...

...the team seem very happy with their work !

Testing the newly modified Ghibli



Bruno's Maserati Ghibli 1a serie...

...after the modifications

Bruno's race prepared Maserati Ghibli 1a serie...

...takes to the road, but only for a photoshoot !!

Bruno gives us the thumbs up !!

The business-like cockpit





The special 18" alloy wheels...

...designed to fit the Ghibli hub

The special Brembo brake kit

A "conservative" 400 bhp from the 2.0-litre unit !!

Serious power...

...from a serious engine bay!!

The basic fibreglass engine bonnet

The fibreglass engine bonnet...

...painted and ready for road use !

From the Biturbo Club Italia

"Carla and Onofrio Colabella Memorial" 2013

Over the weekend of the 17-19 May, several members of the Biturbo Club Italia attended the fifth meeting of the "Carla and Onofrio Colabella Memorial", dedicated to followers of Maserati.

The meeting which centred around a cruise onboard the river boat "Burchiello", included guided tours of the famous "Venetian Villas".

The Hotel Venezia and the delicious cake...

...specially prepared for the Maseratisti !

The Hotel Venezia di Abano Terme...

...surrounded by Maseratis !

And, a delightful FIAT 1100 - The "millecento !"

Maserati GranTurismo

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Mistral

Villa Foscari "La Malconcenta"...

...designed by Andrea Palladio in 1560

The Maserati convoy...

...takes a breather during the regularity test !"

A stop for lunch and a little wine-tasting... the Azienda Sengiari

Maserati Ghibli 1a serie

Maserati Merak 2000

Maserati Mexico

Maserati Mexico



Maserati Spyder

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 4.24v.

Maserati Quattroporte Royale

Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder

Maserati Racing

Maserati 2.24v.

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Spyder

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati Spyder 2a serie

Maserati 3200 GT

Il Molino Demaniale, Dolo - Riviera del Brenta

The Demaniale Water Mill at Dolo - Riviera del Brenta

Dolo - Riviera del Brenta. In the background
the steeple of the Chiesa di San Rocco di Dolo

All aboard for the river cruise

One last look at the delightful "Millecento"...

...and this gorgeous little FIAT "Topolino" (Mickey Mouse) !

From Novitec Tridente in Germany


The Maserati GranCabrio MC with supercharged V8 engine,
475 kW / 646 bhp of power and high-tech forged wheels.

The new GranCabrio MC is the sportiest drop-top Maserati ever. NOVITEC TRIDENTE, the world’s leading refinement specialist for the automobiles bearing the trident, further builds on these talents with a sophisticated customization program: the NOVITEC TRIDENTE supercharged engine producing 475 kW / 646 hp of power and a peak torque of 624 Nm gives the drop-top 2+2 seater a top speed in excess of 305 km/h. The program also includes high-tech forged wheels, a hydraulically height-adjustable coil-over suspension and exclusive interior options.

Novitec Tridente's new supercharged Maserati GranCabrio MC


Following the tried and proven NOVITEC TRIDENTE tradition, a supercharger conversion in the Maserati GranCabrio MC provides outstanding performance paired with durability and everyday suitability beyond reproach.

The 4.7-liter eight-cylinder four-valve V8 engine drives the mechanical supercharger via a V-ribbed belt. The maximum boost pressure is limited to 0.43 bar. To keep the temperature of the charge air as cool as possible, the NOVITEC TRIDENTE supercharger system has a water-cooled intercooler whose ideal operating temperature is ensured by a separate cooling circuit with two heat exchangers.

The conversion, which sells for 23,900 euros, also includes a more voluminous intake manifold, larger injectors and newly calibrated mapping for the engine electronics. The new mapping for injection and ignition coordinate the combined effects of the NOVITEC TRIDENTE high-performance components to perfection. The result is an outstanding power yield with an immensely potent and extremely linear power curve.



The NOVITEC TRIDENTE hood with centrally positioned air scoop lets the supercharged engine breathe freely. For optimized venting of the engine compartment the hood also features two generously dimensioned air outlets. The hood is also available as an individual component without engine conversion.

The complex supercharger conversion elevates the GranCabrio MC to a new and fascinating performance level: 136.9 kW / 186 hp of added power or a total of 475 kW / 646 hp at 7,500 rpm set new standards as does the bump in peak torque to 624 Nm at 5,600 rpm.

In conjunction with the six-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted with shift paddles on the steering wheel the drop-top 2+2 seater delivers exceptional performance: the tuned GranCabrio MC accelerates from rest to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and to 200 km/h in a mere 11.4 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 305 km/h.



To visually refine the vehicle’s exhaust system that comes ex-factory with electronic sound management NOVITEC TRIDENTE upgrades the flap-controlled production exhaust with two 105-mm tailpipes that are available with a choice of black-coated or polished finish.

To give the sports car an even more thrilling appearance and further enhance dynamic handling NOVITEC TRIDENTE offers tailor-made tire/wheel combinations for the ragtop Maserati. Choosing a staggered combination of alloy wheels with different diameters for the front and rear axle further emphasizes the wedge-shaped look of the sports car.

State-of-the-art forging technology makes the new NOVITEC TRIDENTE NM4 wheels with five delicate twin spokes extremely light and gives them maximum strength. The reduced unsprung mass contributes to agile dynamic handling. Despite their king-size dimensions, 9Jx21 in front and 12Jx22 on the rear axle, they weigh in at just 9.9 and 13.5 kilograms.



255/30 ZR 21 and 315/25 ZR 22. The popular three-piece NOVITEC ROSSO NM3 wheels with diameters of 20, 21 and 22 inches continue to be available as an option.

The NOVITEC TRIDENTE sports suspension is specifically calibrated to the high-performance tires. This suspension allows adjusting the damper settings and the ride height to customers’ individual preferences.

To further increase everyday suitability the suspension allows raising the body by 40 millimeters on the front and rear axle at the push of a button. This makes it easier to safely navigate parking garage ramps or speed humps. Afterwards the suspension can be lowered back to its original level from the cockpit. Upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h the suspension automatically reverts to its standard ride height.

NOVITEC TRIDENTE can also adapt the cockpit of the Maserati GranCabrio MC to suit the owner’s personal taste and style. For this purpose the company uses the finest leathers or Alcantara in any desired color.

Text and photos courtesy of NOVITEC TRIDENTE.

From Newspress in the UK


Barcelona, June 18th 2013 – Seven red Maseratis led the way as all 70 entrants to this year’s Cash & Rocket Tour reached Rome, Italy’s Capital city. The 35 cars were escorted by the Italian Police through the heart of Rome, right into Piazza del Popolo, where a gorgeous car display was organised.

Stunning array of Maseratis parade into Rome

The 70 ladies completed 1,383 km over 3 days behind the wheels of high powered, luxury and vintage automobiles, wrapped in red, with the aim of collecting funds for three non-profit organisations in Africa: Shine On Sierra Leone, Orphan Aid Africa in Ghana and Sumbandila in South Africa. Last year, over $250,000 was raised and this year’s goal was to exceed that figure.


Upon arriving in Rome, the participants were treated to a celebratory lunch at Palazzo Mignanelli, Valentino’s breathtaking headquarters, hosted by the Maison’s Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri, who had completed the drive from Barcelona onboard a Maserati GranCabrio Sport, and Pierpaolo Piccioli. As the sun set on the eternal city, all 70 participants changed into red ball gowns and joined other VIP guests to attend an elegant dinner in the gardens of the Hotel de Russie, followed by a charity auction presided over by Italian television presenter Milly Carlucci. Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri was awarded the prize for best online fundraiser and her red Maserati GranCabrio Sport took pride of place at the hotel entrance.

Amongst the celebrities who attended the gala dinner were Saudi Princess Reema Bandar, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, actress Alessandra Mastronardi and Carlos Souza, presenter Milly Carlucci and her daughter Angelica Donati, super model Jodie Kidd, Julie Brangstrup, CEO of Cash & Rocket, Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, Margherita and Teresa Missoni, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, actress Patricia Arquette and Jo and Leah Wood.

The charity auction featured amazing items donated by some of participants and other supporting partners. Amongst them were a stunning red dress by Valentino, a diamond ring designed by Delfina Delettrez Fendi, a private polo lesson with Jodie Kidd and a long weekend on one of the world’s most luxurious sailing yachts, Parsifal III: the auction raised a total of $300.000, thus beating last year’s figure.

Later on in the year, a group of ladies will travel to Africa to witness first-hand the difference these funds have made to the life of children, mothers and whole families supported by the three charity partners: Shine On Sierra Leone, Orphan Aid Africa in Ghana and Sumbandila in South Africa.

Text and photos courtesy of Maserati




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