The Panini Museum II
A Collection of Maseratis

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Once again I would like to thank Dott. Matteo Panini for allowing me to photograph his fabulous collection and for allowing me to publish these photographs on my site.

My second visit was far more successfuI and I was able to see the remaining cars. All was going so well until the battery in my camera was overcome with exhaustion and the photo shoot ended rather abruptly.


The 'Boomerang' was built as a one-off and was presented at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro at Ital Design it was destined to remain just a pure design exercise.


Rear view of the Boomerang. The Boomerang does not form part of the Panini Collection but was on a 'guest visit'.


The 420M/58 - Eldorado was constructed in 1958-59 for the '500 Miglia di Monza' and the 'Indianapolis 500' it was powered by a 4.2-litre V8 (derived from the 450S but reduced in size to meet Indy car regulations) with a maximum power output of 410 bhp.


The body was specially designed for the banked circuits of Monza and Indianapolis by Medardo Fantuzzi with special attention paid to its aerodynamic aspect. The high rear fin and streamlined body are the result. Unfortunately an exhausted battery in my camera cost me the photograph of the rear.


Production of the 'Eldorado' was made possible by the sponsorship of the Eldorado Ice Cream Company. The company in return requested the cream-white livery to advertise their product.


Sir Stirling Moss's signature on Eldorado. It is said that Gino Zanetti, head of Eldorado Ice Cream, employed Moss to drive the car.
During the 1958 Indianapolis 500 the steering mechanism broke and Moss crashed heavily into the crash barrier. The impact burst both tyres and he lost a wheel and slid back down the track, Moss was OK!


This A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, chassis number 2056, was first owned by Count Paolo Gravina di Catania. The Count entered it in the 1954 'Giro di Sicilia' but unfortunately crashed, his co-driver losing his life in the accident. The car was returned to the factory for repair. The Count on hearing the high cost of repairs donated the car to the factory.


The car was left collecting dust at the Maserati factory for nearly thirty years. In 1991 orders were given for its total restoration by Alessandro De Tomaso. The body restoration was carried out by Maserati specialist Carrozzeria Campana and the mechanical work carried out by the factory.


Tipo 61 Birdcage chassis number 2472 was first delivered on February 25th 1961 and was entered by the Camoradi Team for the 1961 1000kms at the Nürburgring and in appalling weather conditions, driven by Lloyd Casner and Masten Gregory, went on to win the race.


In August of the same year the car was entered for the 'Pescara Four Hours' race and with Lucky Casner at the wheel crashed out while in the lead and was badly damaged. The damaged car was sent to Drogo who rebodied it with the bodystyle you see here. In 1963 it was returned to the factory where it remained until purchased by the Panini family.

The Tipo 6CM was produced between 1936 and 1939. The supercharged 1500 cc straight-six engine produced 155bhp at 6200 rpm and in 1938 its power was increased to 175 bhp at 6600 rpm.

It replaced the 4CM 1500 and was introduced to compete with the growing threat of the British cars.

Built on a conventional frame with side members with independent front suspension and a rigid rear axle. 1938 modifications included lowering the frame, new semi-cantilever rear leaf springs and a new more aerodynamic body. It was the foundation of Maseratis move into the sports-car category which gave rise to the A6 family.

The Panini Ghibli Open Cup Evoluzione.

Power output for this Cup is around 400 bhp!!

Note the free-flow air filters and the adjustable front strut brace. The ABS braking system has been removed.

The engine conversion was carried out by SW Racing of Modena, Italy.

The 'Birdcage' chassis designed by Giulio Alfieri.

Another look at the intricate 'Birdcage' chassis and the Tipo 4CL dismantleable crankshaft.

The Chubasco 'static' prototype.

Static Barchetta models.

The 8-cyl Tipo 8CL engine and the V6 Tipo C114.50.30 engine.

The newly restored Tipo 63.


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