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Grille trident on a Maserati A6G/2000 by Allemano
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The Maserati Birdcage 75th, a Pininfarina designed concept car based on the Maserati MC12 and built in collaboration with Motorola has made its official driving debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.


The Maserati Birdcage 75th, the unbelievably beautiful creation of Pinifarina, takes to the Hill


The gorgeous car, which received the "Best Concept" award at this year’s Geneva Motorshow and features in the "Ten coolest concept cars" classification by Forbes, took part in the Supercar hillclimb at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, in West Sussex, England, in front of 150,000 people.


Maserati CEO Karl-Heinz Kalbfell and the Birdcage 75th

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and the Birdcage 75th


Maserati’s CEO Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, 5th Gear TV presenter Tom Ford and Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason took it in turn behind the wheel. Nick, who also owns a Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61, took a break from the rehearsals for the Live 8 concert due to take place in London and other cities next weekend to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Interviewed by Italian television RAI, he commented: "It’s a real honour to drive this amazing concept car which draws inspiration from a golden era for Maserati. The original Birdcage, the Tipo 61, was a perfectly balanced car, so ahead of its time. I can see the same spirit in the design and execution of the Birdcage 75th."

Designed to celebrate Pininfarina’s 75th anniversary, the Maserati Birdcage 75th returns to the tradition of extreme sports prototypes, which highlighted the Italian renaissance of car design, started in the Fifties and through the Sixties and early Seventies. The Birdcage 75th is a concept car where everything – style, performance, use and conception of the car – is extreme so as to get the maximum impact on the collective imagination. The car is a futuristic extension of the Maserati brand, and at the same time it serves to reinforce the Trident’s strong design heritage, and continues its grand tradition of advanced technology enveloped in sporting elegance.

Featuring Motorola Seamless Mobility technology, this car takes Internet connection and use one step further. The technologies integrated in this concept car fulfil a vision of seamless mobility and feature an iPen and a mobile router, using projection screens for man-machine communication.

Several classic Maserati were also present at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Among them were a 1948 Maserati 4CLT and a 1956 250F competing in the Classic Grand Prix Cars Category, a 1953 Maserati A6GCS in the Elegant Endurance Aerodynes Category and a 1974 Maserati Quattroporte II in the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours.


Copyright: Roger Harrison

Pinin Farina's Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta

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Bertone's Maserati Quattroporte II



Chassis: load-bearing frame in carbon fibre and Nomex honeycomb with front and rear structure in aluminium. Bodywork in carbon fibre.

Front and Rear Suspensions: articulated quadrilateral with push-rod layout; single-calibrated shock absorbers and co-axial coil springs.

Brakes: Brembo system with four ventilated and drilled discs. Front 380 mm x 34 mm, Rear 335 mm x 32 mm; callipers in light alloy with six front and four rear pistons.

Drivetrain: Longitudinal rear-mounted gearbox with rigid connection to the engine. Mechanical drivetrain with 6 sequential gears.

Engine: 12 cylinder in a 65° V, total displacement 5998 cc.

Power output: over 700HP.


Length: 4656 mm
Width: 2020 mm
Height: 1090 mm
Pitch: 2800 mm
Front Overhang: 1066 mm
Rear Overhang: 790 mm
Front Track: 1660 mm
Rear Track: 1650 mm
Front Tyre: 275/30 20"
Rear Tyre: 295/35 22"
Dry weight: 1500 kg approx.

Text and Photos courtesy of Maserati UK


Nick Mason also owns a Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61

Another shot of the Maserati Birdcage 75th on Goodwood Hill

The Maseratis at the Goodwood Festival of Speed


A Celebration of the Luxury Four Seater Touring Car

1968 Maserati Quattroporte

Entered by Mr Edwin Faulkner

©Roger Harrison

Quattroporte I - 2a serie
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Quattroporte I - 2a serie

The Maserati Quattroporte represented the ultimate in speed and luxury in the saloon class. It was really the first four-door supercar The shape was the work of Pietro Frua and looked assertive and dignified if not quite beautiful. There was beauty to be found under the bonnet, however, in the form of Maserati's four-cam 4.2-litre or 4.7-litre V8 engines, which were renowned for great smoothness and torque. In manual form the Quattroporte (four-door in Italian) could touch 140mph with the ZF 5 speed manual transmission, which made it the world's fastest saloon car at the time. In total 679 Quattroportes were built.

1971 Citroën SM

Entered by Mr Simon Scotland

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Citroën SM

First fruit of the marriage between Maserati and Citroën was the big Citroën SM of 1970, a prestige GT car. Power came from a smaller V6 version of Maserati's long-lived quad-cam V8, which at 2.7-litres, came in just under the punitive French tax laws. The 170 bhp delivered through the front wheels was handled by Citroën's now well tried hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, interconnected with the four wheel disc brakes and very high-geared power steering. Fast and refined with excellent handling the SM was a consummate long distance GT. Reliability problems and the onset of the oil crisis shortlt after its launch accelerated the car's demise, and in 1975 production halted after 13, 290 units were made. Only 237 cars were sold in the UK.



Class 7: Individual Beyond Price - The Super-Rare Four-Door Luxury Saloon, 1970-1980

1974 Maserati Quattroporte II

Entered by Mr Manfred Lang

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The very rare Quattroporte II

Attempting to recreate the success of the original 1963 four dour Maserati, this Quattroporte was conceived using the front drive V6 power train of the Citroén SM. It was luxuriously appointed and its discreet styling - by Marcello Gandini of Bertone - appealed to the quietly wealthy. Alas, the bankruptcy of Maserati and subsequent take-over by DeTomaso sealed its fate after only seven were built, mostly for export to the Middle East. This Quattroporte II is one of the prototypes being equipped with a digital instrument panel, a special interior and magnesium rims.

This car was the last of probably seven SM Opéras built by Chapron. It was displayed at the Salon de Barcelone in 1974 and sold at the beginning of 1975 in Spain. The current owner re-imported it back to France, and has lightly restored it mechanically.

1971 Citroën SM Opéra by Henri Chapron

Entered by Mr Pierre Verpreaux

©Roger Harrison

Citroën SM Opéra
©Roger Harrison

Citroën SM Opéra

The Maserati powered Citroën SM was France's only true prestige car in the early seventies and it was only natural that Henri Chapron, creator of some of the most elegant DS-based specials, should use it as a basis for a glamorous four door saloon, the Op&eacuet'ra. Built only to special order these vastly expensive cars were perhaps the world's most exclusive saloons. The Elysee Palace still has a special extra long wheelbase persidential drop head version for use on state occasions.

This car was the last of probably seven SM Opéras built by Chapron. It was displayed at the Salon de Barcelone in 1974 and sold at the beginning of 1975 in Spain. The current owner re-imported it back to France, and has lightly restored it mechanically.

Class 3: Etceterini - The Coachbuilt Bambino Sports Cars, 1945-1955

1954 OSCA Mt4

Entered by Mr Henri Fyshe

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The OSCA Tipo 4tM

OSCA - Officini Specializzata Costruzione Automobili - was the company formed by the Maserati brothers in 1947, nine years after selling out their original firm to Adolfo Orsi. The Mt4 was one of the first models they produced. This car was built in 1954 and was fitted with an 1100cc 4-cylinder engine, producing 92 bhp. Entered as the 'works' car in the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours (driven by Jaques Peron and Francesco Giardini) it was lying 7th overall and 1st in class after 23 hours when it left the track during a severe downpour. It competed in the Mille Miglia in 1954, 1956 and 1957, winning its class in 1956, driven by Attilio Brandi. In 1954 out of 15 races the car finished 1st overall on four accasions. In 1955 the car placed 4th overall in the Gran Premio di Pergusa.

Apart from its class win in the Mille Miglia in 1956 the car also finished 2nd in class in the Giro di Sicilia. Between 1957 and 1962 the OSCA was entered in similar events but without much more success. The car has been owned by the Fyshe family since 1997.

1958 OSCA FS372

Entered by Mr Christophe Pund

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The OSCA Tipo FS372

OSCA - Officini Specializzata Costruzione Automobili - was the company formed by the Maserati brothers in 1947, nine years after selling out their original firm to Adolfo Orsi. They produced a series of twin overhead cam engined sports cars of up to 1600cc which acquitted themselves well in racing. One of just nine 372 models produced, this one was sold new in 1958 to Jon Gustav Fast in Sweden who raced it with impressive results including a 2nd overall at Chimay (Belgium) in 19588 in front of three Maseratis and a 3rd in the Nürburgring the same year.

Today only six 372 models are known to exist and only 2 with this genuine body by Morrelli at Ferrara.

Class 5: Perfect Skin - Elegant Endurance Aerodynes, 1945-1960

1953 Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta by Pinin Farina

©Roger Harrison

Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta
©Roger Harrison

Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta

There are some exotic cars that as soon as you see them you'd give almost anything to own. One such car is the A6GCS Berlinetta designed by Pinin Farina of which alas only four were made during 1954. The concept of a coupe built on the A6GCS chassis was promoted by Guglielmo Dei, Maserati agent for Rome and sponsor of Scuderia Centro-Sud. The first of these, chassis #2056 was ordered in December 1953 by a Count Paolo Gravina of Catania who immediately entered it for the 'Giro di Sicilia'. The Count's car crashed into a wall, tragically killing his co-driver. The second car, chassis #2057, was presented at 1954 Turin Motor Show - its first owner, Roman Pietro Palmieri, entered the car for the Giro di Umbria. The third car, chassis #2059, was completed in September 1954 and was first owned by Florentine Count Alberto Magi Diligenti who entered it for the 1955 Mille Miglia. The last car, chassis #2060, was the car displayed at the Festival of Speed.

A Class Of Its Own, 1954-1958

The Maserati Tipo 250F

©Roger Harrison

Maserati Tipo 250F
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Maserati Tipo 250F

In spite of having the most successful Grand Prix car of 1957 with four victories in the Argentine, Monaco, French and German Grand Prix, Maserati officially withdrew from motor racing in 1958. Signor Orsi, head of Maserati, blamed high costs and the introduction of the 3-litre limit for sports/racing cars which rendered their 4.5-litre V8 obsolete overnight. The 250F is unusual in that following the introduction of the new 2.5-litre formula it not only participated in the opening race of the new formula in 1954 but made its final appearance driven by privateer Bob Drake, in the final race for that formula at the United States GP of 1960. From its introduction in 1954 to its World Championship winning year in 1957 and on to that final race it remained the same basic design and can claim to have been victorious on its debut at the 1954 Argentine GP with Fangio at the wheel.

Maserati had always built cars not only for their factory team but also for its privateer customers and between 1954 and 1958 some 34 cars were built. Developed from the A6GCM 2-litre 6-cyl engine, the 2.5-litre engine of the 250F was largely the work of Gioacchino Colombo and Vittorio Bellentani, who put in a great deal of work on the cylinder heads raising power output to some 240 bhp @ 7400 rpm.

In 1954 Colombo left Maserati to join Bugatti and development was placed in the hands of Giulio Alfieri who brought the model to a higher pitch of efficiency. The chassis, drastically lightened by using a small diameter welded multi-tubed steel was designed by Valerio Colotti. Front suspension was independent by means of unequal length double wishbones with coil springs. Rear suspension was de Dion type with a transverse leaf spring mounted in front of the rear axle with Houdaille double-acting shock absorbers. Power from the V6 engine was transmitted through a multi-plate clutch on the rear of crankshaft and then by an open propellor shaft to the rear axle/gearbox assembly. Braking was by finned drum brakes all-round. A four-speed rear mounted gearbox was later replaced with a five-speed box.

Over the years, the 250F had evolved into the Championship winning 'light-weight' car of 1957, the model most endeared by its drivers: its chassis had been lightened and lowered by the use of smaller diameter and thinner gauge tubing, braking was continually improved by the use of larger and wider drums together with the addition of extra cooling fins and the bodywork redesigned with the multi louvred panels replaced with smoother and sleeker panels containing fewer vents. The twin overhead camshaft 2,493 cc V6 engine was now developing 270 bhp @ 8000 rpm.

At the 1957 German Grand Prix at Nürburgring Fangio in a 250F wrote one of the great chapters in Maserati motor racing history. Expecting excessive tyre wear, Maserati started the race with their cars on half empty fuel tanks deciding to push them right from the start with a view to changing tyres during the fuel stop. By lap 12 Fangio had built himself a lead of some 30 seconds when he pulled into the pits for fuel and fresh tyres. A disastrously slow stop meant that by the time he left the pits not only had he lost the lead but he now trailed the leaders, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins in the two Ferraris, by some fifty seconds. With a heavy fuel load and new tyres Fangio failed to make any impression on the leaders during the next three laps of the 14-mile circuit. The Ferrari pit thinking Fangio was in trouble signalled their drivers to ease up whilst from the Maserati pit came instructions to press hard. After a series of record breaking laps, which produced the first 90 mph lap at the Nürburgring, Fangio had reduced the lead to 33 seconds by the end of lap 16, three laps later the lead was down to 14 seconds and by the end of lap 20 he was only a couple of second behind the leaders by which time I understand new orders were issued to the Ferrari drivers. On the following lap he passed both the Ferraris and went on to win the race by 3.6 seconds.

Notable privateers who drove the 250F include Sergio Mantovani, Roberto Mieres, Prince Bira, Roy Salvadori, Horace Gould, Bruce Halford, Carlos Menditgeguy, Harry Schell, Francesco Godia-Sales, Onofre Marimon and the only female driver of a 250F Maria-Teresa de Filippis.

This Maserati was spotted on a trade stand

1993 Maserati Biturbo Spyder by Zagato

©Roger Harrison

A 1993 Biturbo Spyder with only 5,468 miles on the clock for GB £23,995!
From Alex in the USA

"Hello Enrico -

My name is Alex and I'm writing an article on a Maserati Mexico that belongs to a friend of mine. I wondered if you might have any records on the car, as I've seen that your website is so well-detailed that it occasionally contains information about specific vehicles.

The car in question is registered as a 1968 Mexico, serial number AM112-328. It was sold new in the United States but lived in Canada for much of it's life.

I also wondered if you could shed any light on a couple of questions that seem to constantly plague discussions about Mexicos:

1. How did the rumor that only 250 cars were made get started? I've seen Mexicos with serial numbers in the 900's - which would suggest at least 450 cars were made as the serial number follow even order. And your statistics on your Mexico page bear that out quite handily.

2. Who was the buyer who commissioned the original Michelotti-styled, Vignale bodied, 3500-based 1965 Turin show car? Does this car survive?

3. Several members of the US Maserati club in the 1970's wrote abouttheir Mexico's in the club magazine - one of them suggested that one of the first cars was given to President Gustavo Ordaz of Mexico - just after the Cooper-Maserati V12 won the GP. I can find no evidence of this, but it would be a great element to add to the story if it were true.

As you can tell, I am an enormous fan of Il Tridente. My earliest exposure to Maseratis was through Biturbos, and then later I fell in love with an Indy and owned a Citroen SM.

Your website is fantastically well done, many compliments to you on it!

Thanks for any help you can provide, and for providing such a great resource for Maserati enthusiasts!


From Enrico in the UK

"Dear Alex,

In answer to your querries, here is the reply I received from Sig Ermanno Cozza, the distinguished Maserati archivist:

"In reply to your fax of the 28th June 2005 regarding Maserati Mexico chassis number AM112*328*. It was fitted with a 4.2-litre engine, Colour: silver, Interior: black leather. Constructed in June 1968 and sold in Italy to Sig Carlo Petrini of Bastia in UMBRIA. How can your friend state that it was sold new in the USA?

1 - The Mexicos were built between 1966 and 1972, and in that period 482 cars were built. 305 with 4.2-litre engines, 175 with 4.7-litre engines, one with a 4.9-litre engine and one with a 3.7-litre 6-cylinder engine.

2 - A prototype bodywork by Vignale, shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1965, was fitted to a 5000GT (AM103*022*) after the show and the vehicle was consigned to Mexican national Alfonso Lopez Barroso.

3 - The origins of the name Mexico derived from the fact that this Vignale prototype (bodywork only), was sold to a customer from Mexico. Therefore the victory of John Surtees in a Cooper-Maserati at the Mexican Grand Prix in October 1966 didn't enter the equation as it happened a full year after the original presentation of the Vignale prototype."

According to factory records, Maserati 5000GT by Allemano #AM103*022* was originally sold to President Adolfo López Mateos of Mexico in 1961. One can presume therefore that at a later date Senor Barroso became the new owner of #AM103*022*. Following a serious accident, he brought the car back to the Maserati factory for repair. During this visit, Barroso spotted the Vignale prototype, bought it and had it mounted on his 5000GT chassis. It was agreed that to assist Senor Barroso in avoiding import duty on his return to Mexico, the factory would assign the same chassis number as his 5000GT, #AM103*022*.

Hope this helps,


PS: According to the Maserati database posted on the Deutscher Maserati Klub website, Maserati 5000GT AM103*022* was originally sold new to President Alfonso Lopez Portillo of Mexico and later sold to Senor Diaz Barroso of Mexico. In 1965 the car was extensively damaged in an accident, and was sent back to factory for repair. During this visit, Barroso spotted the Vignale prototype, bought it and had it mounted on the 5000GT chassis and renumbered.

And according to the story goes as follows:

The Mexican Díaz Barroso took his Maserati 5000 GT Allemano Coupé (chassis number AM103*022* - original owner Adolfo López Mateos, president of Mexico 1958-1964) back to the Maserati factory following a serious accident. There, he saw a Vignale prototype bodywork and bought it. He asked for the new body to be mounted on his 5000GT chassis and given its chassis number in order to avoid Mexican import duties (Lange 1993, Khawam 2001, Lewandowski 2002, Adolfo Orsi: Reader letter in Classic and Sportscar, June 2003).

COMMENT: It still remains unclear however why the factory should have chosen to name the model series Mexico purely on the basis that it was the nationality of the buyer of this Vignale prototype. But then again stranger things have happened at Maserati during its long history.

From 'The Age' in Australia

"Fredrick Gulson, it turns out, is an eccentric. No longer a lawyer, he is the biggest producer of tea-tree oil in the southern hemisphere, with 55 million trees on his northern New South Wales property.

Astute and organised in business, Gulson, however, is not your stereotypical, conscience-driven whistleblower. Loud, larger than life and with a voracious appetite for food, wine and speed - he has seven cars including a Maserati - he sets a blistering pace in restaurant and on road."

From Enrico in the UK

"Visitors to the these pages in recent weeks will have noticed the inclusion of certain 'cars for sale' in my Enthusiasts' Pages. I publish the 'adverts' solely because these classic Maseratis are so well illustrated as to be of genuine interest and more importantly of considerable use to prospectve restorers, owners and enthusiasts.


From Australia

Tour cyclist McGee eyes Maserati

Top Australian cyclist Brad McGee is the owner of a new Maserati if he can win the opening stage in the Tour de France.

McGee and two-time world champion Michael Rogers will be the main Australian chances in the 19km individual time trial from Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile in western France.

McGee comes into the Tour in strong form, having rode well in last month's Tour of Switzerland.

"Let's not beat about the bush, I'm going for the win there," McGee said of the Tour opener.

"My wife has agreed to let me go and buy a fancy car if I get a stage win or the top 20 (overall). That's a little incentive for me."

"It was two stage wins and top five in Switzerland - I got one stage win and eighth, there was no leniency given, believe me."

A few days ago, McGee drove the Maserati of compatriot and Francaise des Jeux teammate Baden Cooke and remarked "that would be very nice".

From the USA

"You are welcome to post my car on your site."

1980 MASERATI KYALAMI - AM129*0064

     Named after the race track in South Africa where in 1967 a Cooper Maserati won the Formula 1 Gran Prix, the Kyalami was the last Maserati designed by Pietro Frua’s Torino design studio. in the words of MIE founder Frank Mandarano, “…the design was pleasing—elegant, some would say—stately yet forceful, as an Italian grand touring car should be! People remark upon the classic styling and certain beauty inherent in its lines.”

     Produced in the tradition of the early 1940’s and 1950’s limited production roadgoing Maseratis, only 198 Kyalamis were built between 1977-1983 making it the rarest Maserati model of the last five decades!

     Mandarano states “The bullet-proof Maserati 4-cam, 4-Weber, 4.2-litre V8 was fitted in front of a massive ZF S5-24-3, 5 speed gearbox.” Classic & Sportscar magazine adds “The Kyalami is exactly what you expect of a proper GT: it looks good, sounds even better, is reasonably commodious and has a badge worth lusting over!”

     This very car was featured in “The Great Book of Sportscars”. Its V8 engine developes 255 bhp @ 6000 rpm, powering it to a top speed of 147 mph. equipped with ZF power rack and pinion steering, and power assisted 4 wheel disc brakes (rears mounted inboard to aid in cornering by reducing weight at the corners), the Kyalami has fully independent suspension front & rear with 2 coilover shocks per side at the rear, resulting in exceptional road handling performance.


     Reputedly imported to Texas from Belgium in the early 1980’s, this car was owned by Frank Bauman of Texas and California from 1986 until acquired by me in 1999 at 60,768 kilometres. From 1997-1999 the carburettors were rebuilt, the water pump was replaced, new rear u-joints were installed, a new rear differential assembly was fitted along with a new alternator and front brake pads and power steering hoses.

     Since 1999 I have continuously maintained this car, installing new clutch slave & master cylinders, Pirelli p4000 205/70x15 radial tyres, CD/AM/FM/ stereo,and entire rear O.E.M. ANSA exhaust system. I also replaced the left outside door handle, the transmission mount, the idler pulley bearing and sent out the tachometer and brake master cylinder for rebuilding. having said all that, the car is in tip-top mechanical condition and can be driven anywhere. The mileage is currently 67,614 kilometres which is believed to be true and original mileage. The engine has been run exclusively on Mobil 1 oil since the previous owner’s acquisition in 1986 with 20,000 kilometres.

     The body is in excellent overall condition, although the paint dates back to 1989 and is starting to show its age in places. As shown in the photos it looks dazzling and takes a great shine, but indoors and under flourescent lighting you can see its faults. The only rusting of the body is shown in the pictures, at the rear of the car where a drain hole in the trunk must have collected water at one time, expanding to about 2”.

     The interior is tan original Connely leather. It has no tears or throughcracks and it is still very serviceable, and as I like leather with some character and age I would never consider replacing it. But if your intent is to show the car and win a concourse then paint and interior should be done over.


     This is an ultra-rare, pedigreed, hi-performance grand touring car that is extremely understated and elegant yet performs like a Bora-Ghibli thoroughbred. one recently (3/14/05) sold at auction for $44,240 overseas. Kyalamis are seldom seen and even more infrequently offered for sale. This example is being offered with a very low starting price and a most reasonable reserve.

     I am selling it due to space constraints and will answer any and all questions about the car if you email me at It is being sold with twenty years worth of service receipts and records, along with an original owners manual, wiring diagrams for the car, and a copy of a Kyalami parts manual.


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From a very happy Roger in Switzerland

"Hello Enrico !

Since last week I got a new Maserati !

A 1994 Spyder iE or "Nouva Spyder" in black (Nero Notturno) with tan leather interior !

To drive this car is so much fun - the sound of the engine - the gearshift - the wind all over you - what a feeling !

Now' I'm looking for the next sunshine, to put down the roof and have a nice ride through the city.....

As soon as I have some pictures, I will send them out for you.....

With Maserati-Greetings



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