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From Dick in New Zealand

"Hi Enrico,

Maybe some of your readers would be interested in the following ....



This Maserati Mistral is suitable for a restoration project or a supply of spare parts. Chassis No AM109/A1*1710* and engine number AM109/A1*912*. Odometer reads 56,414 miles.

The aluminium body work is in very good condition and comes complete with all stainless steel/chrome trim and glass. This later model car was one of the few fitted with Campagnolo alloy "Starburst" wheels. The transmission unit turns freely. Comes with Hellebore steering wheel and moon roof.

Parts have been taken for other projects, notably the diff, drive shaft, front and rear wheel hubs and all brake components. Missing from the motor is the Lucas fuel injection system, alternator, starter motor, distributor and other bits and pieces.
















From Enrico in the UK

2010 Les Grandes Marques à Monaco

Bonhams hosted their 2010 Les Grandes Marques à Monaco sale on Friday, April 30th at the Musée des Voitures du Prince in Monaco. Among the racing cars on offer was a 1954/56-type 2.5-litre Maserati 250F Tipo 1 Historic Grand Prix Racing Single-Seater by Cameron Millar.

Lot No: 147

1954/56-type 2.5-litre Maserati 250F Tipo 1 Historic Grand Prix Racing Single-Seater by Cameron Millar

Chassis no. CM4
Engine no. 2505

Sold for €315,500 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

This magnificent Historic-racing Cameron Millar Maserati is a fine and very well-known car produced by this absolute master of the art of creating 1-to-1 scale Maserati Formula 1 cars which are built absolutely 'from the heart'. It was, as its chassis serial indicates, the fourth of the twelve such 250Fs which this veteran British ex-Royal Air Force pilot master-minded between 1972 and 1996.



It had been during the mid-1960s that – after heated debate – the British Vintage Sports Car Club decided to alter the cut-off date for its 'Historic' class of racing cars, moving it forward to 1960. This instantly made the Maserati 250Fs of the 1950s eligible to compete in VSCC events.

British enthusiasts had already initiated the search for redundant and obsolescent 1950s Formula 1 cars, and the fact that they now had a place to race added urgency. Squadron-Leader Cameron Millar was one of the first off the mark and, in 1964, buying Maserati 250F serial '2516' which he had located in Australia. He would later import further original cars into the UK before – in effect - reviving the Maserati 250F production line.

The Cameron Millar Maseratis have long been recognised by the FIA and national Clubs as being eligible to receive FIA paperwork, and one 'CM' series car was campaigned by a sometime President of the FIA Historic Commission.

Of far greater significance, car 'CM3' was acquired by none other than the 250F's greatest contemporary exponent, Juan Manuel Fangio himself, for his Museum in Balcarce, Argentina.

The great five-times World Champion Driver professed himself lost in admiration for what Cameron Millar had achieved in the quality and 'good faith' embodied in these outstanding machines.



The 'CM' series cars have in fact appeared in almost every guise ever adopted by Maserati for their definitive open-wheeled, slipper-bodied 6-cylinder 250F machines. In 1969 Mr Millar bought what he believed to be original 250F chassis number '2504' from New Zealand. During restoration work he discovered it was in fact the car which had been labelled '2523' in its later life. He worked assiduously to collect available original 250F components, and bought a large quantity of spares thought at that time to be all that remained of the Scuderia Centro-Sud stock. He also acquired the factory's 250F chassis jigs, and became the man to whom other 250F owners turned for parts and help.

Former US GP-winning Formula 1 driver Innes Ireland had bought the wreck of car '2527' from the Hon. Patrick Lindsay and approached Cameron Millar for a replacement chassis. British frame specialist Frank Coltman constructed a fresh frame, plus two further chassis, one of earlier-style specification.

The whereabouts, and even the survival, of original chassis '2511' and '2522' were unknown at that time, and Mr Millar considered himself justified in so numbering the two 'recreations' that he then assembled. He was perfectly open about what he was doing, and when the original cars subsequently emerged from obscurity these two 'recreations' became accepted as Millar replica cars.



Receiving demand for similar machines Cameron Millar sold four more, and completed another for his own use. 'In the metal' these cars were effectively indistinguishable from the original-series machines. Mr Millar completed three himself while the others were sold effectively as customer kits for completion.

Two were built on 1954/56 Tipo 1 chassis frames – of which the car offered here, 'CM4' is one. After a gap of some 12 years, Cameron Millar commissioned the British restoration company Hall & Fowler to produce two more 1957-type 250Fs. Including what had originally been labelled as '2511' and '2522' this brought the CM replica total to twelve.

Almost every one of the mechanical components employed in the earlier series CM cars – such as 'CM4' now offered here – were perfectly genuine period Maserati parts. Increasingly, modern-made parts were employed in the later cars, including entire 6-cylinder engines manufactured by British specialist Cyril Embrey. Several Historic racing 'genuine' 250Fs appearing in Historic racing in recent years have also employed Embrey-made power units and other modern-made components. The gene pool has essentially become mixed in order to keep so many of these wonderfully driveable and enjoyable Grand Prix cars active.

Car 'CM4' here was raced as new from the Millar stable by Stephen Griswold (for dealer/owner Corrado Cupellini). It passed subsequently through other Italian ownerships before passing to Jacques Iuri in France around 1988. It was acquired by its next long-term owner in France in 1999.

Now offered from a private Italian collection, we understand that 'CM4' is in full working order although 1st gear synchro seems 'weak'. The car is most attractively patinated and has not been raced during its present ownership, but has been driven on-track - most recently some 18 months ago.

Here is a wonderfully well presented and enormously useable Historic Grand Prix racing car – created by the acknowledged master in this field – and ready to bring 'the Fangio experience' to any capable owner/ what is, in Historic GP Car terms, an affordable investment.

Text and photos courtesy of Bonhams

From Newspress in the UK


RM stages one of the most successful collector car auctions in history with Monaco debut

Top seller: 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB for EURO 2.8 million, a new world record

Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ also sets world record, selling for EURO 2,464,000

Seven motor cars achieve over EURO 1 million, five of which exceed the EURO 2 million mark

Registered bidders represent 33 different countries

1937 BMW 328 MM ‘Buegelfalte’ sells for undisclosed sum in a post-event transaction

MONACO (May 2, 2010) - RM Auctions’ inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco event held at the Grimaldi Forum on 1st May was a resounding success, achieving EURO 33,235,917* ($45,101,139) in total sales and matching the highest dollar single-day collector car auction in history, also produced by RM**. With 88 of the 105 pre- and post-war motor cars changing hands produced an 86 per cent sell through rate, with five automobiles fetching prices in excess of €2,000,000, along with setting two new world records.

The event’s top seller was a rare 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB, s/n 3309 SA, setting a new world record for a Superamerica when it sold for EURO 2,800,000 ($3,799,600) and well exceeding its high estimate of EURO 2,450,000.

“RM’s inaugural Monaco sale has set a new standard for collector car auctions not only for the high quality of cars, but also for its impeccable presentation and client experience. Two world record prices, and seven lots achieving in excess of one million euro, aptly illustrate this achievement,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. “Our Monaco sales results underscore RM’s undisputed leadership position in the investment-grade segment of the collector car market.”

Additional star lots surpassing the two million euro mark include:

a hugely desireable 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, s/n 3401 GT, selling for EURO 2,632,000 ($3,571,624);

a rare 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’, s/n 2470, setting a new world record for a Birdcage at EURO 2,464,000 ($3,343,648);

the ex-Harrah 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France, s/n 0925 GT, bringing EURO 2,352,000 ($3,191,664); and,

a beautiful 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, s/n 1253 GT, fetching EURO 2,072,000 ($2,811,704)

The impressive results of RM’s Sporting Classics of Monaco event were generated by the registered bidders from 33 different countries on the telephone, over the Internet and assembled in the standing-room-only venue. RM welcomed a number of first-time clients to its Monaco debut with new bidders representing 28 per cent of all registrations. In addition, approximately 3,300 people watched the live streaming video coverage of the sale over the Internet.

Other notable auction results include:

a stunning 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Competition Cabriolet, s/n 49197, selling for EURO 1,792,000 ($2,431,744)

a significant 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Special Town Car” by Brewster, s/n 218 AMS, achieving EURO 1,456,000 ($1,975,792)

a rare alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta, s/n 07933 , selling for EURO 784,000 ($1,063,888)

a fully-restored 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, s/n 10045, selling for EURO 767,200 ($1,041,090)

a matching-numbers 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato Spider, s/n 8513064 , fetching EURO 879,200 ($1,193,074)

a historic 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster Le Mans Racing Car, s/n CSX 2136, bringing EURO 744,800 ($1,010,694)

the well-known 1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II All Weather Cabriolet, s/n 188PY, celebrated as the ‘Star of India’, reaching EURO 644,000 ($873,908) a superb 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Saloon, s/n LML/50/19, achieving EURO 291,200 ($395,158) in a bidders’ war; more than €100,000 over its high estimate of EURO 175,000

The sale’s cover car, the 1937 BMW 328 MM ‘Buegelfalte’, s/n 85032, considered one of the world’s most significant pre-war sports racing cars, exchanged hands within less than 24 hours of the sale’s conclusion for a confidential sum and is not included in the final sale results. However, the Buegelfalte had reached a high bid of EURO 4,300,000 ($5,835,100) and its addition to the final auction results produce the most successful collector auction in history.

* The figures include the buyer's premium and are rounded to the nearest dollar. The exchange rate used at the time of the sale:

1 EURO = 1.357 USD

** RM set the record for the most successful motor car auction in May 2007 at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, achieving €33 million in total sales.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top 10 – and more significantly, four of the top five – all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning “Best of Show” honours at the world’s top concours events.

From Jacques in France

"Bonjour Enrico,

Je viens de récupérer la Maserati chez le sellier qui a entièrement refait le capitonnage de la malle AR ainsi que le matelassé du capot moteur. Tout beau!

J'en ai profité pour faire d'autres photos....

Bien cordialement


Hi Enrico,

I have just got my Maserati back from the upholsterer who has completely re-trimmed the boot/trunk as well as the padding on the engine bonnet. All very nice!

I took this opportunity to take some more photos....

Best regards,


Jacques' beautiful Maserati Ghibli








Jacques' Maserati Ghibli is presently available for sale and you will find further details at

From Jacques in France

"Bonjour Enrico,

Dans le paddock, le plateau du GPH de Monaco. Magnifiques voitures !

Pour "l'image surprise" de cet album, je me suis permis de plagier Alfred Hitchcock dans ses films.... Vous gagnerez quelquechose si vous me la retournez.

Bonne chance.


"Hi Enrico,

For "The Surprise Images" of this album, I allow myself to plagiarise Alfred Hitchcock in his films.... You will win something if you return it to me.

Good luck.


The streets of Monaco being prepared for ...

... The Grand Prix Historique Monaco - 2010





1936 Maserati Tipo V8RI

1936 Maserati Tipo V8RI

1936 Maserati Tipo V8RI

1936 Maserati Tipo V8RI

1932 Maserati Tipo 4CM

1932 Maserati Tipo 4CM

1932 Maserati Tipo 4CM

1932 Maserati Tipo 4CM

1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM

1925 Bugatti Type 35

1925 Bugatti Type 35

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3)

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3)

1954 Maserati Tipo 250F (Interim)

1947 Maserati Tipo A6GCS "Monofaro"

1957 Maserati Tipo 250F "Piccolo"

The Grand Prix Historique Monaco - 2010

Just like Alfred Hitchcock and his "Cameo" roles ...

... Jacques always finds a way to get into his pictures!!

From Onno in Belgium

"Hello Enrico,

My Ghibli slowly starts to look like a car again. Let me know what you think.



Onno's Ghibli is on it's way back !!

Beautifully finished in Celeste Chiaro metallizzato












MILLE MIGLIA - 5th/9th MAY 2010

Preliminary programme for the public


2.00pm - 7:30pm:     Opening of the Villaggio Sponsor in Piazza della Loggia.
5:00pm:     Holy Mass in the Duomo Vecchio, Piazza Paolo VI.


8:30am - 3:30pm:     Sealing of entered cars in Piazza della Loggia.
    Cars exhibited in piazzas and specially designated areas.
10:00am:     Blessing of a representation of the cars in Piazza Paolo VI.
7:30pm:     Start of the first car from Viale Venezia for the Brescia/Bologna leg
    and presentation of the cars to the public.
12:00am:     Midnight Arrival of the first car in Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Galvani in Bologna.
    Presentation to the public.


7:30am:     Start of the first car from Bologna for the Bologna/Roma leg.
12:30pm - 3:40pm:     Stop in Urbino.
8:30pm:     Arrival of the first car in Rome (Saxa Rubra).
    Parade and presentation of the cars to the public in Castel Sant’Angelo.


6:45am:     Start of the first car from Castel Sant’Angelo for the Rome/Brescia leg.
12:15am - 2:20pm:     Stop in Buonconvento (SI).
10:30pm - 1:30am:     Arrival of the first car in the centre of Brescia.
    Presentation of the cars to the public in Viale Venezia.

The Maseratis and OSCAs participating in this year's Mille Miglia 2010

#119 1949 Maserati A6 1500

Piloted by Balli and Balli (IT)

#120 1949 Maserati A6 1500

Piloted by Bortolotti and Bortolotti (IT)

#122 1947 Maserati A6GCS "Monofaro"

Piloted by Bode and Weitzmann (DE)

#136 1951 OSCA Mt4

Piloted by Marchesi and Marchesi (IT)

#203 1953 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Cristofoletti and Locati (IT)

#204 1955 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Rollinger and Rollinger (LU)

#234 1955 Maserati A6G/54 by Pietro Frua

Piloted by Jay Kay and Maxted-Page (UK)

#286 1953 OSCA Mt4

Piloted by Boglioli and Pezzia (IT)

#287 1955 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Dolcini and Paterlini (IT)

#288 1955 OSCA Mt4-TN

Piloted by Shraga (IL) and Cornut (UK)

#289 1953 OSCA Mt4-2AD 1500

Piloted by Pickering (UK) and Pickering (CH)

#290 1954 OSCA Mt4-2AD 1500

Piloted by Fonte and Fonte (US)

#291 1953 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Covindassamy (US) and Pasquini (FR)

#297 1954 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Hoffmann and Maierhofer (DE)

#298 1954 OSCA Mt4-2AD

Piloted by Marinelli and Bonometti (IT)

#299 1955 Maserati 150S

Piloted by Berton and Sonda (IT)

#300 1955 Maserati 150S

Piloted by Gorni and Grasso (IT)

#305 1954 Maserati A6GCS

Piloted by Meiling and Hefty (US)

#306 1955 Maserati 150S

Piloted by Boni and Ferdenzi (IT)

#309 1954 Maserati 250S

Piloted by Martegani and Prevosti (IT)

#332 1957 OSCA 750S

Piloted by Cavagna and Seneci (IT)

#351 1954 Maserati A6G/54 by Allemano

Piloted by Cessario (AU) and Turrisi (IT)

#351 1954 Maserati A6G/54 By Zagato

Piloted by Baldi and Del Fante (IT)

#374 1956 Maserati 200SI

Piloted by Alberoni and Cozza (IT)

#375 1957 Maserati 250S

Piloted by Germann and Hartmann (DE)

Text and photos courtesy of 1000 Miglia

You can visit the web site of the 1000 Miglia at

A Blast from the Past from Maurizio

My friend Maurizio spotted this article whilst browsing the internet.

THE MODESTO BEE - Friday 2nd November 1984

A Maserati for only $26,000

By BRUCE GRANT - McClatchy News Service

THE MODESTO BEE - Friday 2nd November 1984

'With the economy sustaining its upward momentum, the Biturbo hit the market at the right time.'

SACRAMENTO - Since 1926, when Alfieri Mascrati and his two brothers built their first car in Bologna, Italy, the Maserati name has been associated with handcrafted, exotic — and expensive — automobiles. Today, the Maserati name is on a sports coupe that is within financial reach of more Americans than any previous Maserati.

The newcomer is the Maserati Biturbo, a two-door sports coupe with a $25,975 suggested retail base price. That window sticker price is almost a third of the $65,000 Maserati asks for its other model in the American market, the Quattroporte four-door luxury sports sedan.

The Biturbo was introduced to the U.S. market last December — a little more than a year after its European debut — and it was an instant hit. By April 30, about 650 had been retailed and the remaining cars were en route to dealers who had orders for them.

Officine A. Maserati S.p.A. of Modena, Italy, chose the right time to bring the new model to the U.S., according to the importer.

"The economy is a good indication of how a new car will sell," said Bruce Qvale, general manager of Maserati Import Co. in San Francisco "With the economy sustaining its upward momentum, the Biturbo hit the market at the right time.

"The factories in Italy will produce 7,000 Biturbos this year, of which we will receive 3,250. We expect to increase that amount to approximately 4,500 in 1985."

The Biturbo has many of the opulent amenities of the Quattroporte, including the distinctive leather seats. Where the Quattroporte has leather trim throughout the interior of the car, the Biturbo is trimmed in a matching synthetic matearial that looks like leather.

Seating accommodations are first class in the Biturbo, with plush bucket seats for the driver and front passenger and an equally plush bench seat in the rear. There's room (and seat belts) for three adults in the back seat, but two would be more comfortable.

Everything about the Biturbo is every imaginable amenity on the standard equipment list. That includes a heating and air conditioning system with ducts to the rear seating area, AM/FM stereo radio and cassette player with four speakers, and electrically operated side windows.

But elegance is a small part of the Biturbo story.

The car gets its name from the twin turbochargers that boost the air supply to the 2.5-liter V6 engine. The end result of this double boost is a horsepower rating of 185 at 5,500 revolutions per minute and 208 foot pounds of torque at 3,000 rpm.

The Maserati twin turbocharger approach is different from the one you'll find in regular production cars.

"In most turbocharged road engines, designers had to choose between the lesser of two evils," Bruce Qvale explained.

"If a small turbo unit was selected, engine power would be boosted at lower engine speeds but drop off at the high end. If a large turbocharger was used, high engine speed power could be obtained but would present itself to the driver as a sudden burst of power at the middle speed range. Low speed power had to be sacrificed.

"Maserati has overcome these two turbocharging problems by using a twin-turbo technique that is used by some of the most successful racing cars in the world.

"Two smaller turbocharger units are utilized to overcome the time lag required to set a single large turbine unit in motion. As the output of two smaller turbochargers is equal to that of a single large one, sufficient volume is achieved at high engine speeds."

Engineers also installed a Maserati Automatic Boost Control (MABC) system that allows the Biturbo engine to develop optimum boost pressure at all throttle positions and under all engine load conditions. "It uses an electronic brain to improve fuel consumption and obtain optimum performance," Qvale said.

While the air boost system is state-of-the-art, fuel induction for the Biturbo is via a time-tested Weber two-barrel carburetor, rather than an electronic fuel injection system that is found on most competitive cars. The reason? It's easier to tinker with one carburetor than six injectors.

The twin turbo engine can be mated with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission. The test car had the stick shift.

The Biturbo's suspension system includes MacPherson struts up front and semi-trailing arms in the rear for a well-controlled ride, especially on winding mountain roads.

Stopping power is from German-made ATE disc brakes on all four wheels.

The Biturbo is about as quick as any car I've driven this year. And its fuel economy isn't too bad when you consider this is a high-performance car.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Biturbo at 15 miles per gallon in city driving. I averaged 16.5 mpg with about a 50/50 mix of urban/suburban and highway driving.

The theoretical cruising range, with a 16.5 mpg average and using 19 of the 20 gallons in a full tank, is 313.5 miles.

In the gadget department, the test car had one noteworthy extra — a remote control burglar alarm. The device is activated or deactivated by a tiny transmitter that is attached to the key ring. The driver merely has to push a button to arm or disarm the alarm. Failure to execute the procedure properly triggers the alarm, which electronically exclaims repeatedly: "Burglar! Burglar! Burglar!" It wasn't so bad when the alarm went off once in my driveway, but it was downright embarrassing when it happened in a public parking lot.

In summary, the Biturbo is a dandy albeit expensive sports coupe. Its price is within reach of some people who can't afford a Quattroporte. The next challenge for Maserati is to produce the Biturbo in less opulent trim and with fewer amenities so even more Americans can put a Maserati in their garage.




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