MASERATI Tipo 151/3 Le Mans Coupe
Following their poor showing at Le Mans the two Cunningham cars, #004 and #006, were taken back to the US where they raced for a couple of years. In 1963, 004 - now fitted with a 7-litre Ford engine, crashed while practicing for the American Challenge Cup at Daytona. 004, driven by Marvin Panch, hit a retaining wall flipped over and burst into flames with Panch escaping with only minor injuries. The car however was destroyed.
Maserati: The Postwar Sportsracing Cars by Joel E. Finn records:
"The remaing coupe, #006, was sold to Skip Hudson who drove it several times without success. On one occasion, at Cotati, he ran it without the doors. Perhaps he was thinking of Panch's escapade and the desirability of making a quick exit if the coupe turned turtle."
For 1963 a change in the rules for Le Mans now allowed a 5-litre maximum. 002 returned to the factory to be rebuilt and re-emerged as Tipo 151/1. The 4-litre engine was replaced with a Lucas fuel-injected 5-litre (4941cc) unit now producing 430 bhp @ 7000 rpm. 002 driven by Lloyd Casner and André Simon led the race for the first two hours until forced to retire with a broken differential.
Thanks again to Col. Simone the exhilarating sound of the Maserati was back at Le Mans in 1964 this time driven by Casner and Trintignant. The car had once again been updated at the factory and was designated the Tipo 151/3 (often referred as Tipo 152). Although the Maserati proved to be the fastest car along the Mulsanne straight at over 190 mph, it was never in contention, retiring after 9 hours with electrical problems.
002 returned to the factory to emerge after minor modifications as Tipo 151/4. During the official practice weekend for the 1965 Le Mans race #002, with Lloyd Casner at the wheel, crashed along the Mulsanne straight throwing the driver out of the car. Sadly, Casner died instantly. #002 was a complete write-off.